St. Joseph, MO – The Central Indians Athletic Department is excited to honor our “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 October. Poll is open until Tuesday, November 19.
Please vote for one of the nominees to be the Central Indians “Athlete of the Month” for October:
GIRLS TENNIS: Bailey Colgan. Girls Tennis had a busy month of September with having ten of our twelve matches happening during the month. We only had two matches before heading into Districts the second week of October. Bailey has been playing at the number three Varsity Singles spot all season long and has held it down strong. We played Staley and Kearney to wrap up regular season play. Bailey fought hard against Staley losing 5-8. She bounced back and finished the season strong and setting the tone for next season securing an 8-5 win against Kearney.
CROSS COUNTRY: Rudy Barbosa. Rudy stepped on to our varsity roster at Districts and made an immediate impact, finishing 17th and being our 4th varsity runner. He continued his success the next week at Sectionals, again finishing 4th for us and helping our team qualify for the state meet this weekend in Columbia. As a sophomore, Rudy has a bright future ahead of him in running, and he has been instrumental in our team’s success this season.
SOFTBALL: Brooklyn Leer. Brooklyn got hot at the right time for us as we ended our season on a high note. She became our “go to” pitcher during districts, as she was pitching around hitters and/or drawing ground balls/pop flies and our defense was able to make plays behind her. She helped hold Oak Park to 2 runs, as we won the opening round of districts, and then helped hold Park Hill to 3. Park Hill went on to win the district championship over Platte County by a score of 6-0, so holding them to 3 was a big accomplishment. Brooklyn also had the lowest season ERA on our team at 2.91, and the most strikeouts with 41. Brooklyn received several post season honors as well: 1st team all-city, 2nd team-all district pitcher, and honorable mention all-conference.
VOLLEYBALL: Abby Sollars. Abby is Central’s captain, the leader, on and off the court. Abby plays with passion. Her presence on the court demands attention by all who have watched her play. All season long, Abby led the team in defensive digs, along with maintaining the highest serve receive passing average. Abby finished the 2019 season with 287 digs, which averages to 10.4 digs/set. For example, in the very close district match vs. Platte County that went three sets, she had 31 digs! Abby will continue her volleyball career at Missouri Western State University.
GIRLS GOLF: Lauren Duvall. Lauren finished her CHS golfing career with a very solid performance at the sectional golf tournament at Winterstone golf complex, nearly qualifying for the state tournament . She is going to continue her golfing career by committing to play golf at Central Methodist college next fall. I am very proud of Lauren and her accomplishments.
FOOTBALL: Adam Johnston. During the month of October Adam has paced our team on both offense and defense. In October he has totaled nearly 100 All-Purpose yards and a touchdown while having 30 tackles, 2 Forced Fumbles and 3 Fumble recoveries.
SOCCER: Andrew Brunner. Andrew is a Senior captain who has played soccer all four years of high school and has been on Varsity the last three. He is a crucial cog of the defense and has prevented many goals due to his speed and physical play. He works hard to make sure the defense plays as a unit and lifts others up when they make a mistake. He has been a solid force that provided comfort to our goalies by winning 1v1’s and allowed our midfield to focus more on the attack. He would come to practice every day ready to work hard and was constantly trying to improve.
BOYS SWIMMING: Jack Cornelius. Jack has really stepped up to the plate, being a key component in qualifying the 400 free relay to state as a freshman. He works incredibly hard and brings a strong positive mentality to every practice.