St. Joseph, MO – The Central Indians Athletic Department is excited to launch the 2019-20 “Athlete of the Month”. Each month throughout the season, 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 most 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 September. Poll is open until Thursday, October 10th.
Please vote for one of the nominees to be the Central Indians “Athlete of the Month” for September:
SOFTBALL – Jaylee Wilson: Jaylee is an outstanding leader on our team. She has been leading our team in batting average (.429), on base percentage (.528) and slugging percentage (.833) for the entire season. She has hit two homeruns in our last three games. Jaylee has been a constant success at the plate, even when things aren’t going our way on the field. As a team, we know we can almost always count on Jaylee to get on base, move runners, score runs, etc. She did have two games where she struggled at the plate a bit, still collecting multiple hits, but not in true Jaylee style. After these two games, she went home and put in work on her tee, by herself, after practice. She came back to the plate in the next game and went 3 for 3. She is the definition of true grit and hard work.
GOLF – Lauren Duvall and Lexie Starks: Golf would nominate seniors Lauren Duvall and Lexie Starks. Both were CHS medalists in golf matches in late September . Lauren v Maryville and Lafayette and Lexie v Park Hill South. I should also mention that junior Ella Brown was second team all conference ii the conference tournament held in Kansas City.
VOLLEYBALL – Abby Sollars: Abby is the libero for Central Volleyball, which means she can only play back row. She is a captain of our team and leads the entire team by example. Statistically, she is the team leader of serve receive passing and defensive digs. Abby has had the highest passing percentage for EVERY GAME this season. The success of our team is directly linked to our team’s serve receive percentage, so this particular skill is very crucial. Our team depends largely on Abby for overall ball control. Abby’s defense is phenomenal and she is always diving on the floor, giving 100% effort. She has had some amazing saves and digs! She leads our team in defensive digs and sets the tone for hustle. Abby has committed to continue her volleyball career at Missouri Western State University.
CROSS COUNTRY – Kacey DuVall: Kacey is the nominee for cross country athlete of the month. Kacey started off her senior year by placing in the top 10 her first two meets. This past Saturday she medaled, placing 21st in a highly competitive state preview meet. Kacey leads by example and is a consistent performer we can count on.
SWIMMING – Matthew Byrd: Matthew has perfect attendance for September while participating in Swimming AND Cross country. He is always on time for practice and one of the first one’s in the pool ready to swim. He does a fabulous job of balancing both activities and excelling in both. He continues to drop time in his events, moving up through the ranks and producing best times at almost every meet. On the weekends, he continues to go above and beyond, squeezing in extra swim practice and weight lifting. He is incredibly dependable, responsible, and a great role model for our team!
TENNIS – Eugenia Rodriguez-Savage: Girls Tennis athlete of the month is Eugenia Rodriguez-Savage, also known as “Ramos.” Tennis has had a crazy month with every match being on the road but Ramos has kept strong the whole season as the rest of the team. Ramos has had a 7-4 record at Varsity 2 singles for the month of September. To name a few victories Ramos has earned wins over Liberty North, Lee’s Summit, and Blue Springs South. Ramos was also the only Varsity singles player to earn a victory over Park Hill back at the beginning of the month.
FOOTBALL – Austin White: Austin rushed for 208 yards and 1 touchdown in September. He has also caught 8 passes for 55 yards. His ability to be a playmaker shows up tremendously in the kicking game where he is one of the most explosive return men in the conference. As a kick returner he is averaging 25 yards per return including a 99 yard TD vs Park Hill South. As a punt returner he averages 9 yards per return.
SOCCER – Bual Tin Thang: BT has played a vital part in the success of the soccer team. BT currently leads the team with 9 goals scored on the season and in the month of September. As one of the captains he has helped to set an example for effort on the field during games and practice.