The Northwestern State sports information and broadcast staffs were honored in myriad categories in the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association writing, broadcasting and sports information contests.
NSU’s staff captured awards for writing, broadcasting, graphic design and photography at the annual awards luncheon Sunday, hosted by Merci Beaucoup.
Demon Sports Network announcer Tony Taglavore took home first-place honors in the “Best Live Broadcast Team” category for his work with Captain Shreve High School football, working alongside color analyst Jimmy Martin.
The judges said, “The play-by-play announcer is very good. I always like to hear right away where the game ‘is,’ and he did that immediately. You didn’t have to wait for score, time, opponent, etc. Used the color announcer very well.”
Fellow Demon broadcaster Patrick Netherton was honored twice, earning third-place honors for “Best Radio Interview” for his conversation with ESPN broadcaster Anish Shroff. Netherton also earned honorable mention in the Best Radio Show Host solo division for “The Patrick Netherton Show.”
Northwestern State Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Jason Pugh notched a second-place award in the “Division II Best Feature/Release” (men’s basketball/baseball division) for his feature on how the Demon baseball coaching staff handled the sudden absence of head coach Bobby Barbier in an April series against Nicholls.
Assistant Sports Information Director Matt Vines also nabbed a second-place finish for “Division IV Best Feature/Release” (all other non-football sports) for his piece on NSU soccer co-head coaches Jess and Anna Jobe being able to spend time with their newborn son, Sterling, during the pandemic.
NSU photographer Chris Reich grabbed second place in the “Best Sports Photo” category for his shot of Demon second baseman Daunte Stuart being swarmed by teammates after his walk-off hit against Nicholls in April. It was the first LSWA award for Reich, a first-time entrant.
Northwestern State grabbed third place in graphics on the strength of Brad Welborn’s mock video game cover featuring the Demons.
The annual LSWA awards luncheon wraps up the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame weekend in Natchitoches each year. The 2020 awards ceremony was not held this past June, however, awards were distributed for work produced during the 2019-20 athletic calendar year.
Photo/Graphic: NSU Athletics