Next week, the Creston News Advertiser and the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune will announce the five male and five female finalists for the inaugural South Central Iowa Athlete of the Year Award.
From Aug. 5 through Aug. 9, one male and one female finalist will be announced each day, with the winners of the award being announced the following week.
The award is open to seniors in the graduating class of 2013. Athletes from the following schools are eligible for the award: Central Decatur, Clarke, Corning, Creston, Diagonal, East Union, Interstate 35, Lenox, Mount Ayr, Murray, Nodaway Valley and Orient-Macksburg.
Rich Paulsen, publisher for the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune and Creston News Advertiser came up with the idea as a way to give back to the high school athletes in the area.
“I think it’s a great way to give some recognition to some of the local, area athletes,” Paulsen said. “An honor for the high school students is always well deserved, I think. It’s our way of helping to give back to the high school sporting community. We’re actively involved in the communities we cover, and we enjoy doing it.”
Judging for the award has been based mostly on the athletes’ senior seasons, but the entire career of each athlete has also been taken into consideration.
Input from area coaches and athletic directors has also been taken into consideration.
Once all of the finalists have been announced, an online poll will be set up, allowing fans the opportunity to vote for who they think deserves the honor of being the inaugural South Central Iowa Athlete of the Year.
The South Central Iowa Athlete of the Year logo, seen above, was designed for the Creston News Advertiser and the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune by Jack Hostettler of Starting Line Designs.
Starting Line Designs works with race directors, professional athletes and personal coaches to help them develop their brands. Starting Line Designs recently began a project with professional runner Mike Rutt.
Hostettler is a college cross country and track and field teammate of CNA and OST sports editor Scott Vicker at Saint Louis University.
To see more work from Starting Line Designs and to learn more about what the company offers, visit http://www.startinglinedesigns.com.