Auburn sports: Celebrating 2017-18 with night of AUSPYs
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Who won what on Monday night
Professional athletes celebrate every year at the ESPYs, but Auburn athletes celebrated with the AUSPYs.
It’s a night where student-athletes dress up and are honored for their outstanding achievements both athletically and academically. And this year there were quite a few honors to spotlight.
Several Auburn sports teams and individuals put in years of work that paid off big-time in 2017 and 2018. Here’s a look at what the night entailed:
It's been a fun year!
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) April 24, 2018
And here’s a complete list of all the awards handed out throughout the night:
Team of the Year: Men’s Basketball
Male Rookie of the Year: Nathon Allen (Track & Field)
Female Rookie of the Year: Kara Kaufmann (Equestrian) and Natalliah Whyte (Track & Field)
Male Athlete of the Year: Kerryon Johnson (Football) and Casey Mize (Baseball)
Female Athlete of the Year: Jesse Earl (Volleyball)
Comeback Award: Keegan Thompson (Baseball) and 2017 Women’s Tennis over South Carolina
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Inspiration Award: Sarah Le Beau (Soccer)
SASS Academic Achievement Award: Brenda Kigen (Women’s cross country)
Highest Spring 2017 GPA: Women’s Cross Country (3.57); Men’s Tennis (3.57)
Highest Fall 2017 Team GPA: Volleyball (3.62); Men’s tennis (3.56)
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Zoe Thatcher (Swimming & Diving)
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Wes Curles (Track & Field)
Spirit of Auburn Award: Randall Ceneus (Track & Field), Victoria Draper (Softball) and Cara Stricklin (Gymnastics)
Vigil Starks Passion Award: Bria Johnson (Women’s Basketball)
*For a full look at each team and individual’s accomplishments, make sure to check out the Auburn Tigers twitter account.
In other Auburn news:
- “Different specimen” Harold Joiner could play four positions for Auburn football.
- How realistic is another trip to SEC title game in Atlanta for Auburn football?
- What would it take for Auburn to land wide receiver Ramel Keyton?
- Auburn football “expecting full recovery” from Jordyn Peters, Jeremiah Dinson.
- Auburn coaches hitting the road in force for evaluation period trips.
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Auburn seniors Kaylee Carlson and Victoria Draper were drafted during the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft on Monday evening.
Carlson was taken 13th by the Aussie Spirit (their first-ever selection as a franchise) and Draper was picked up by the Beijing Shougang Eagles, who had the 19th choice.
The duo became the fifth and sixth players from the Auburn program to be drafted and both have been record breakers this season. Carlson now holds the Auburn career record for wins (65), while Draper is the career record holder for stolen bases (55).
Congratulations to @KayleeDenise_16 and @VictoriaBethhh on being selected in the 2018 NPF Draft! The pair becomes the fifth and sixth Tigers to be drafted in program history! #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/HgF2mnORIm
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) April 24, 2018
Equestrian to celebrate national title
Auburn equestrian has been celebrating its second national championship in three years since it won the title in Waco, Texas, over the weekend. However, Tuesday the real party will begin.
The team will roll Toomer’s Corner Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT and everyone’s invited. All that’s required is toilet paper and Auburn pride.
We're rollin' tomorrow!!! Hope to see you there! 🌳
— Auburn Equestrian (@AuburnEQ) April 23, 2018
Another Monday honor
Auburn freshman Steven Williams was named the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday after the Tigers swept Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1976.
It was the first award of Williams’ career at Auburn and the third weekly honor of the season for the program. Williams reached base at least twice in each game against the Crimson Tide and scored in all four games, totaling 8 runs. By the end of the weekend, Williams had posted a 6-for-10 performance from the plate and reached base a dozen times.
6-for-10, 5 BB, 7 R, 1 HR, 8 RBI 💪
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) April 23, 2018
Tweet of the day
It’s funny, sure, but we’d actually like to see this happen:
Tell Casey throw my award to me https://t.co/x6VP4LFWvP
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) April 24, 2018
Your Co-Male Athletes of the year! @AuburnFootball and @AuburnBaseball @AyeyoKEJO
✅ @SEC Offensive Player of the Year & 2nd Team All-American@caseymize04
✅ 8-2 record with a 2.04 ERA & All-American#WarEagle | #AUSPYS pic.twitter.com/4VMSXad2hm
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) April 24, 2018
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