Washington’s Brenna Busby named Cameron University Female Athlete of the Year

Cameron University hosted its annual Aggie Athletic Awards April 24 to honor the accomplishments of student-athletes and teams from the 2018-2019 athletic seasons.

While CU’s athletic department has hosted an end-of-year awards ceremony for years, this is the second time the event has followed a format similar to the ESPY awards.  Called the Aggies, the ceremony was hosted by Cache High School product Chelsea Heidebrecht and Texan Tyus Momoh, both seniors in the Aggie basketball programs.

The big five awards – Freshman of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year – are mainstays of the program.  This year’s event featured several new awards, including Play of the Year, Best Game Performance and “Bad Axe” Player.

Freshman of the Year recognition went to Australian Maighan Hedge, who previously won the same honor in the Lone Star Conference. Hedge averaged 15 points, three assists, and 2.5 rebounds during her first season with the women’s basketball team.

Bolivian Oscar del Granado claimed the top newcomer spot, going 14-5 in singles play and 13-4 in doubles for the No. 17 ranked Aggie men’s tennis team. 

For the second-straight season, Brenna Busby was named CU’s top female athlete. The junior from Washington, Okla., hit .387 with 16 home runs and 21 stolen bases this season and is on the verge of breaking Cameron’s career softball home run and stolen base records.

Brazilian Vinicius Santos was voted Aggie Male Athlete of the Year. Santos is ranked eighth in singles play and 26th in doubles play by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn.

Coach of the Year honors went to Zach Johnson, who led the men’s cross country team to one of its best seasons ever while guiding women’s cross country, men’s track and women’s track during their inaugural seasons at Cameron.

Former Lawton Constitution sports editor Joey Goodman received athletic department’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to both Aggie Athletics and the local community.

Tyrus Momoh’s game-winning three-pointer against the Midwestern State men’s basketball squad was named CU’s “Play of the Year.”

Cameron’s “Bad Axe Player of the Year” went to women’s golfer Allison Duffin.

 The CU men’s tennis victory over No. 4-ranked West Florida was named “Best Game Performance” for the year, topping Ava Battese (Elgin High School) with her school record eight three-pointers against Tarleton State, James Majenge breaking the conference track championship record by 15 seconds, and the CU softball squad’s record seven home runs against Western New Mexico.

 

The “Most Inspirational” Aggie athlete was CU volleyball player Peyton Little.

The “Most Bizarre Moment” in Cameron sports during 2018-2019 was Briton Schiewe’s bases-loaded walk that ended a 17-inning baseball matchup against UT-Permian Basin with a 7-6 Aggie win. 

Coach Adrianne Bishop’s “Iron Pick Axe Award” was claimed by the Aggie men’s tennis team.

Other nominees for CU’s top athletic awards included:

Coach of the Year: Josh Cobble, tennis; and Dennis Furr, softball.

Male Athlete of the Year: James Majenge, men’s cross country; Tyus Momoh, men’s basketball; and Izrael Trevino, baseball.

Female Athlete of the Year: Ava Battese, women’s basketball; Sarah Frendo, women’s tennis; and Iona Roska, women’s golf.

Newcomer of the Year: Devin Castro, baseball; Chris Dunn, men’s track; and Alisa Savina, women’s tennis.

Freshman of the Year: Mritunjay Badola, men’s tennis; Shantalle Demirjian, volleyball; Khmari Edwards (Del City, OK), softball; Brock Schreiner (Choctaw, OK), men’s basketball; and Breley Webb (Yukon, OK), softball.

Bad Axe Player of the Year: Paige Dixon, volleyball; Tyrus Momoh, men’s basketball; and Przemyslaw Zielinsi, tennis.

The ceremony also recognized 33 student-athletes as a part of the All-Academic Team, along with 40 seniors and four two-year graduate assistants for their hard work while on campus.