Three Demons collect LSWA awards

Three members of the Northwestern State sports information staff took home awards in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s annual sports information/communications contest.

Assistant athletic director for media relations Jason Pugh took home a pair of awards, including first place in the Football Release/Feature category for his story on sixth-year Demon wide receiver Gavin Landry and his winding career path.

The judge’s comments on the story, which appeared on Nov. 3 on, read: “The winner in this category details the career of a former walk-on who overcame a heart defect and a torn ACL to survive and shine. Judicious use of quotes and great context.”

Pugh added a third-place finish in the Men’s Basketball/Baseball Feature/Release category for his coverage of men’s basketball coach Mike McConathy’s retirement news conference in March.

Assistant director of communication Brad Welborn’s feature story on assistant volleyball coach Stacey Aldredge’s and her mother’s battle with cancer was awarded second place in the All Other Sports Feature/Release category.

Patrick Netherton, the radio voice of the Demons, picked up a third-place award in the Best Radio Interview category and took home an honorable mention in the Best Radio Show (Solo) category for “The Patrick Netherton Show,” which airs at 3 p.m. weekdays on 1130 AM The Tiger in Shreveport.