|2016 Silver & Goldspys|
MOSCOW, Idaho—Idaho athletics celebrated the individual and team achievements of the 2015-16 season at Sunday’s seventh annual Silver & Goldspy Awards.
The event is organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and each award is voted upon by the student-athletes, coaches and staff. In its seventh year of existence, the event showcased Vandal highlights from the year, featured comedic video presentations and several individual and team honors from the season.
Women’s basketball, the 2016 Big Sky champions, led the night totaling six awards. Freshman Mikayla Ferenz totaled two individual honors, winning Freshman Female Athlete of the Year and Most Clutch Athlete of the Year. Classmate Taylor Pierce took home the year’s Best Moment for her overtime buzzer-beater against Weber State in the Big Sky Tournament. Head coach Jon Newlee was awarded Coach of the Year, while the team took home Team of the Year honors. In a more lighthearted category, Ali Forde, took home Best Female Dancer.
The track & field and cross country programs took home the two highest individual awards of the night. Kinsey Gomez and Benjamin Ayesu-Attah were voted Female and Male Athlete of the Year, respectively.
The Biggest Upset went to the women's soccer team, who ran through the Big Sky en route to its first ever conference championship. The Vandals were picked to finish ninth in the league, but finished the campaign 9-0-1 in conference play.
Kaden Elliss took home the Freshman Male Athlete of the Year after having an immediate impact on the Vandal football team. Elliss finished second on the team with 83 total tackles in 2015.
Nick Blair picked up the Best Male Dancer award. Blair leads the Vandal men's basketball team during its pregame huddle, getting the team and fans excited prior to tip-off.