BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Gulf South Conference is proud to announce its 23rd annual GSC “Top Ten” Award winners. These awards recognize the top five female and top five male student-athletes for their athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievement during the 2018-19 academic year. The top male and top female from each group of honorees will be awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy, which is the conference’s most elite award.
The presentations will be made at the GSC’s Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 30, at the Hilton Pensacola Beach. Following the top ten presentations, the conference will reveal the winners of the Commissioner’s Trophies and recognize the All-Sports Trophy Champions (Overall: West Florida, Men: Valdosta State, Women: West Florida).
The “Top Ten” are selected with the assistance of an advisory committee representing the Athletic Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Sports Information Directors, Faculty Athletics Representatives, and Presidents from randomly selected GSC schools, which makes a recommendation to the Commissioner, who has the final decision.
The female Top Ten winners are all seniors from five different sports: MaKayla Beebe (Lee, Volleyball), Franziska Bremm (West Georgia, Golf), Nicole Federovitch (Alabama Huntsville, Lacrosse), Sarah Mumme (Delta State, Cross Country), Rhiannon Sassman (West Florida, Softball).
Bremm is West Georgia’s first women’s honoree since the field increased from eight athletes to ten in 2005, while Lee has now landed an athlete on the GSC Top Ten for the third consecutive season. Sassman is the first Argonaut softball player to be placed on the women’s list in 17 years and Mumme is Delta State’s first women’s honoree since Kassidy Tally in 2016. Federovitch becomes the ninth GSC Top Ten female athlete in Alabama Huntsville history.
All five of the men’s honorees are also seniors, including two baseball players and two track & field athletes: Christian Bosso (West Florida, Golf), Josiah Brooks (Lee, Track & Field), Blaine Crim (Mississippi College, Baseball), Trevian Jenkins (Alabama Huntsville, Track & Field), Cade Marlowe (West Georgia, Baseball).
Bosso is the second straight West Florida men’s golf athlete to be named to the GSC Top Ten after his teammate Chandler Blanchet was honored last season. Brooks becomes the first Lee athlete to earn GSC Top Ten honors twice, while Crim is the first male athlete honoree from Mississippi College in the history of the award and second overall. Marlowe is West Georgia’s fourth male honoree overall and Jenkins is the first Charger track & field athlete to be named to the GSC Top Ten.
*** This report was provided by Brian Henry, UWF Director of Athletic Communications