Voting concluded Thursday at midnight in the fifth of eight opening-round “matchups” of 16 top accomplishments from the recently completed NSU sports year.
The sixth pairing in Round 1 will be settled Saturday at midnight, with voters picking their favorite feat between Stephen Spann’s no-hitter through seven innings eliminating Sam Houston State in the Southland Tournament and Keelie Arneson being voted NSU’s first-ever Southland Libero of the year as well as Student-Athlete of the Year.
Justin Walker’s outdoor feats proved just enough to edge out Southland Freshman of the Year Adam Oller’s magnificent season with Walker claiming 59 percent of the votes.
Walker’s decorated career concluded one month ago at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a third place finish in the 200-meter dash (20.13) and fourth place finisher in the 100 meters (10.12).
Sixteen top feats, dubbed "Demon Delights," have been chosen and paired in eight "first-round" voting matchups. In each, fans will have two days to choose their favorite, advancing it to the quarterfinals, then semifinal rounds, with winners selected in a 24-hour span. The finalists will be open for voting for two days with the "2013-14 Demon Delight of the Year" selected on Aug. 3, just before the NSU football team holds its first practice in preseason camp under second-year coach Jay Thomas.