Jeronimus gets athlete of the year honors

Michael Bauer, Sports Editor

Lizzy Jeronimus was named the recipient of the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award for the 2013-14 school year.
The annual award goes to the top male and female athlete of the year in the conference.
To be nominated for the award, an athlete is judged in four areas: athletic accomplishments from the current season, career academic accomplishments, campus and community service and career athletic and service achievements.
The other recipient of the award was Northwest Missouri State’s quarterback Trevor Adams who helped the Bearcats to the 2013 NCAA Division II national championship with an undefeated record. The award was given on Thursday, June 5, in Kansas City, Mo., at the Public Library.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Jeronimus, Lenexa junior majoring in management, told the crowd at the ceremony.
Jeronimus took the award over nominated track and field athletes Emma Shell of Southwest Baptist and Elin Alewine of Central Missouri.
“I first want to congratulate Erin and Emma for also being nominated and being finalists,” Jeronimus said. “They are both very accomplished athletes and students.”
Jeronimus completed one of her best seasons for the Pitt State women’s basketball team, finishing second this past season in the MIAA in scoring over 18 points per game and was ranked among the statistical leaders in rebounding, field goals percentage, assists and blocked shots in the conference. She also scored in double figures in 28 games and put up 20 or more points 15 times this season and helped the Gorillas to their second NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in three years. Jeronimus is already the second leading active career scorer in Division II with over 1,600 career points.
“This award means a lot to me because it not only shows my athletic success but also my success in the classroom and my work in the community,” Jeronimus said.
Her work in the classroom earned her both MIAA Scholar Athlete Honors in addition to Capital One Academic All-District honors. Jeronimus has also been a multiple award recipient of the PSU Provost Award for Academic Excellence and currently carries a 3.8 GPA.
“It was my goal to be a student first and an athlete second at Pitt State,” Jeronimus said. “I am fortunate enough to have had many people support me along the way. My family, my coaches, teammates, professors and fans have kept me going throughout my journey.”
Lizzy also was a volunteer in cleanup efforts from the tornado that struck Baxter Springs last month and helped with a clinic for area Girl Scouts. She was also active in the annual Backpack program food drive and an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Linebacker Nate Dreiling, Hutchinson, who graduated last December in general studies, was nominated for the award. The former PSU player was a four-time All-American who set PSU and MIAA records for career tackles with 491 and earned Capital One Academic All-America honors after his senior season. He graduated with a 3.37 GPA.

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