St. Joseph, MO – The Central Indians Athletic Department is excited to get your vote for the 2018-19 “Athlete of the Month for October”. Each month the Central Athletic Departments coaches will select their top athlete to be recognized for their outstanding achievements on the field and in the classroom. Fans will be asked to vote for the individual athlete they feel is deserving of the athlete of the month honor. We are now recognizing our fall sports student-athletes for their outstanding contributions and representation to Central Athletics for the month of October.
Please vote for one of the nominees to be the Central Indians “Athlete of the Month” for October:
Cross Country – Kacey DuVall. Kacey has had an outstanding month of racing as our girls #1 runner. Kacey was first-team All-Conference, All-District, and finished 12th at the KC Sectional Meet to lead our girl’s team to their first State Meet appearance since 2002. Kacey is a tremendous worker and teammate, who has consistently performed to make our season one to remember.
Softball – Taylor Bristol. Softball’s student athlete of the month for October is Taylor Bristol. Taylor has had our highest batting average all season, ending at .417. She had 4 HR’s on the season, with her biggest one coming in the opening round of districts against Platte County on October 10. The Lady Indians were tied with the Pirates (17-5) 3-3 going into the top of the 8th inning, when Bristol hit a 2 run HR, to give us a 5-3 lead and eventually the win. Taylor is a natural leader and she did a tremendous job of helping her fellow seniors lead the team this season.
Soccer – Joshua Clarendon. Josh is a major piece to the success our soccer program has had over the years and this year he has been just as important. As a senior, Josh has served as one of our team captains. He plays on our back line and is one of the most physically imposing defenders Central soccer has ever had. Josh is a leader on and off the field. Josh is one of the most humble athletes to ever be a part of the soccer program. His attitude is always positive and his quiet yet confident personality is always on display. Josh is a leader by example and a student-athlete that Central High School should be proud to have walking the halls. Josh may not have flashy stats and walls of awards, but is arguably one of Central’s greatest athletes!
Volleyball – Abby Sollars. Abby’s positive attitude and encouragement of her teammates have helped us through a tough stretch of road matches during the second week of October. Her work ethic during practice has set the example for the others to follow; with the district roster, there are many freshman and sophomores that look to her for leadership. Her relentless effort and high volleyball IQ on the court served as an inspiration to our team. Her frequent “ESPN Play of the Day-esque”, breath-taking, one-armed, full-horizontal digs in matches demoralized our opponents and swing momentum to our side of the court (volleyball being a momentum driven sport) and often led directly to points. Her consistent perfect passing on serve-receive allowed our team to run a quick tempo offense increasing our chances for success. Her serve was nearly impossible to return and was runner-up in aces on team. Abby puts her heart into every ball on every play throughout the season, but especially in October, when it mattered most. If we were to give her a nickname, she might go by “Mrs. October!” I can say with confidence that without Abby roaming the back row, our team’s success would be severely diminished.
Tennis – Julia Fangman. Girls Tennis Athlete of the Month goes to Senior Julia Fangman. Julia was our number one singles player this season and part of the number one doubles team with Junior Olivia Tewell. Julia demonstrated grit when it comes to being on the tennis court, never giving up and hanging in there the whole time and when it mattered most. In the District Semis Julia defeated Park Hill 6-2, 6-1 to help punch the Lady Indian’s ticket to the District Finals against Park Hill South. Despite the outcome of District Finals, Julia fought hard, but lost to the defending state champion from Park Hill South 4-6,
Poms – Jasmine (Jazzy) Mooney. Jazzy is a wonderful team leader who has a positive attitude and motivates her team members to be at their best at all times. Jazzy is quick to comfort when the team is nervous before performances, usually being funny to lighten the mood. She is one of the first to step forward to coordinate team events and is selfless with her time. Jazzy Mooney is a great, funny, responsible team member and would be a great representative for Athlete of the Month.
Football – Hunter Madison. The Senior Running Back continued to show his explosiveness even after an injury sidelined him for a couple of weeks. For the month he finished with 426 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. He provided constant pressure to Winnetonka’s defense in our Senior Day win. Hunter is an elite student-athlete. We will dearly miss him on the gridiron.