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First Annual Louie’s Held to Honor Lobo Student-Athletes

by Frank Mercogliano

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico Student-Athlete Support Staff held the First Annual Louie’s, a student-athlete-run awards ceremony that has been combined with the former UNM Academic Awards Banquet.

The ceremony was held on Monday, April 15 at the UNM Continuing Education Center Auditorium with a red carpet preshow and the Louie’s, hosted by KOB Sports Anchor Lauren Green.

Along with academic awards, student-athlete awards, voted on by the student-athletes, were presented for various categories from top moment to male and female athlete of the year.

Below is a complete list of all the awards.

2023-24 University of New Mexico All-Academic Team
Baseball – Akili Carris
Men’s Basketball – Braden Appelhans
Women’s Basketball – Viane Cumber
Football – Mihalis Santorineos
Men’s Golf – Albert Boneta
Women’s Golf – Lisa Marie Pagliano
Women’s Soccer – Mackenzie Fotiades
Softball – Amber Linton
Spirit Squad – Brooke Weltmer
Swimming & Diving – Katy McCarter
Men’s Tennis – Alexander Maggs
Women’s Tennis – Leonie Hoppe
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country – Brodie Young
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country – Rebecca Grieve
Volleyball – Lauryn Payne

2023-24 University of New Mexico 4.00 Graduating Student-Athletes
Men’s Golf – Albert Boneta (Business)
Softball – Sydney Carithers (Liberal Arts)
Baseball – Jake Holland (Business Administration)
Women’s Tennis – Leonie Hoppe (Business Administration)
Women’s Soccer – Myah Isais (Master’s in Project Management)
Softball – Amber Linton (Business Administration)
Women’s Soccer – Eliza Mariner (Biology/Psychology)
Women’s Golf – Myah McDonald (Biology)
Women’s Soccer – Sophia Roberts (Biology)
Swimming & Diving – Iryna Tsesiul (Liberal Arts)

Strides of Excellence Award (Most improved grade point average over last calendar year)
Men’s Basketball

UNMatched Excellence Award (Highest calendar year GPA – men)
Men’s Golf, 3.67

UNMatched Excellence Award (Highest calendar year GPA – women)
Women’s Golf, 3.99

Lobo Spirit of Service Award (Dedication to community service)
Women’s Soccer

Heart of the Lobo Teammates of the Year
Baseball – Brett Russell
Men’s Basketball – Jemarl Baker
Women’s Basketball – Mackenzie Curtis
Football – Charles Steinkamp
Men’s Golf – Bastien Amat
Women’s Golf – Anne Saecheung
Women’s Soccer – Zaria Katesigwa
Softball – Sydney Carithers
Spirit Squad – Gracie Silva
Swimming & Diving – Katy McCarter
Men’s Tennis – Alexander Maggs
Women’s Tennis – Hsuan Huang
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country – Victor Akhalu
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country – Analisa Ibarra
Volleyball – Lauryn Payne

Comeback Athlete of the Year
Jamal Mashburn, Jr. – Men’s Basketball

Moment of the Year
Men’s Cross Country wins MW Title for first time in 10 years

Newcomer of the Year
Habtom Samuel

Male Student-Athlete of the Year
Jaelen House, Men’s Basketball

Female Student-Athlete of the Year
Rachel Hathoot, Softball