Ashley Watts Named a 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalist

Posted by painewebmaster | 05/20/2014 09:44 AM

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College basketball player Ashley Watts has been named a finalist for the Collegiate Star category as part of the 23rd Annual Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports (G.A.M.E.S.) Awards hosted by the Augusta Sports Council (ASC) for the second year in a row. Watts will be recognized on Thursday, June 12 at the Augusta Country Club.

The Augusta native is coming off a strong basketball campaign where she was named the 2013-14 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year. The mathematics major also earned spots on the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II All-South Region Second Team and the All-SIAC First Team. Most notably, Watts led Division II in points per game and surpassed the 1,000-point mark after two seasons as a Lady Lion. The Butler High School graduate finished the year averaging 26.5 points per game and with 1,312 career points under her belt.

Jaiden Brandt, a distance runner from Georgia Regents, is the second finalist in the Collegiate Star division. Brandt is a native of North Augusta, S.C. who just completed his senior year at GRU.

This year’s G.A.M.E.S. Awards Banquet will feature Pro Football Hall of Famer and Thomson, Georgia native, Ray Guy, as the guest speaker. Guy will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 as the first punter ever selected to enter. He was also the first punter ever drafted in the NFL’s first round when he became the 23rd overall pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1973.

The 2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards are presented by the ASC, Augusta Coca-Cola, The Augusta Chronicle and WRDW News12. The banquet starts with a check-in and social hour at 6 p.m. with the dinner and program to being at 7 p.m. Members of the ASC can purchase tickets for $45 and non-members can buy tickets for $50. Tables are also available for $450 for ASC members and $500 for non-members.

To purchase tickets contact, Michelle Naval at michelle@augustasportscouncil.org or by phone at 706.722.8326 ext. 235.

For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or kthomas@paine.edu.


2014 G.A.M.E.S. Awards Finalists
Adaptive Star
Michael Haberkorn

Amateur Star
Judson Stephen “Boomer” Hickey

Collegiate Star
Jaiden Brandt- GRU Augusta
Ashley Watts – Paine College

All-Around Female Athlete
Shannon Fair- Aquinas High School
Malia Kency- Briarwood Academy
Jasmine Stone- Evans High School

All-Around Male Athlete
Jermaine Baxley- Burke County High School
Ruben Garnett- Aquinas High School
Dillon Keeler- Evans High School

Outstanding Female Athlete
Destiny Brewton- Lucy C. Laney High School
Amber Hong- Midland Valley High School
LeeAnne Rees- Greenbrier High School

Outstanding Male Athlete
Ahmed Hill – Aquinas High School
Aubrey McRae- Glenn Hills High School
Darius Watkins- Grovetown High School

Rising Star
McKenna de Graff- Augusta Prep
Daniel Carr- Midland Valley High School

Outstanding Coach
John Harris- Augusta Christian

Outstanding Team
Aquinas High School Football Team