Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wilsy voting off to a hot start

The Wilsy Awards are off and running!

In less than four days, voting has been better than I thought it would be. Some categories are getting more attention than others but as long as the votes are coming in, I'm not complaining. I will say that David Gibbons has a lot of fans. The Fike soccer/baseball player is running away with the Wilsy for Best Male Athlete as his 89 votes (as of 12:29 p.m. Tuesday) are 69 better than his closest competitor Paxton Barnes.

I'm happy to see the interest in this contest, the idea for which came to me last summer when Barton College and Anthony Atkinson were nominated for an ESPY Award for the Bulldogs' incredible victory in the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship game.

Using ESPN's famous contest as inspiration, we cobbled together some categories, tried to add to our list of candidates since last July and hoped it would be a fun exercise for anyone interested in the sports scene in The Wilson Daily Times readership area. Because few of the events we cover have been preserved on videotape (although we hope that will change in the coming months), we had to rely on our memories this time. Maybe for next year's Wilsy Awards, we can get help from our readers in making nominations as the year goes by.

After all, this is for the readers and by the readers.

So keep voting!

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