Voting began just past midnight Monday morning on the last of eight opening pairings in the contest celebrating 16 top accomplishments from the just completed NSU sports year. The final matchup is between Lady Demon softball coach Donald Pickett winning Louisiana "Coach of the Year" honors after completing a rebuilding process and guiding NSU to a 40-15 record and the NCAA Tournament, or Demon basketball's Centennial Celebration being highlighted by a home win over Sam Houston State that made coach Mike McConathy the winningest men's college basketball coach in state history.
The quarterfinal pairings will be finalized at midnight Tuesday when voting wraps up on the softball-men's basketball matchup.
The latest poll results at midnight Sunday gave NSU women's tennis two of the eight quarterfinal spots, along with men's basketball, and track and field. If Pickett advances in the final opening-round voting, softball would also provide two of the top moments chosen as quarterfinalists.
In the opening vote of the contest, fans picked Janae Allen's stunning 10th-place finish in the women's discus at the NCAA meet, earning her All-America honors. The second round decision went to Andrea Nedorostova winning the women's tennis Student-Athlete of the Year honor after breaking the Lady Demons' career doubles wins record and captaining NSU to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
That will be the first quarterfinal pairing, beginning just past midnight Tuesday. Voting in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will last for only 24 hours with the ultimate winner being crowned on Aug. 1.