The honor of being named male and female athlete of the year at Missouri Western means that a student-athlete not only excels on the field and in the classroom, but also reaches out to the community in different ways.
This is the highest honor a student athlete can achieve at Missouri Western. It stands for leadership and having special qualities that most people only dream to possess.
Lindsey Predovich, a pitcher and infielder for the softball team here at Missouri Western was the winner of the female athlete of the year award. She leads her team in batting average hitting .366, is one of the best pitchers in the conference with a 2.32 earned run average and strikes out almost eight batters a game, which is good enough for second in the conference.
Leon Douglas was the male athlete of the year for Missouri Western. His accomplishments include being named to the MIAA All-Conference team, starting Academic All-American team and many others that he has received in the past few months that have nothing to do with sports.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to win this award,â€ said Leon Douglas. â€œI remember the first Athlete of the Year awards banquet I went to as a freshman. I wanted to be that person who wins the award and represents the school and athletic program in a good way.â€
Both of the recipients do excalty that and are keeping the tradition of great student athletes alive at Missouri Western.