North golf’s Coleman recognized at event for Student-Athletes of the Year

North Hardin's Hailey Coleman, front row, far left, is recognized along with the rest of this school year's Midway University/KHSAA Student Athlete of the Year Award winners Monday on the campus of Midway University. KHSAA and Midway University, Monday June 7, 2021 in Midway, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan

Hailey Coleman was one of 27 student-athletes recognized Monday on the campus of Midway University as a Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year.

The North Hardin golfer, a rising senior, was recognized for her achievements this past season.

Coleman was named the Female Golf Student-Athlete of the Year this past fall during her junior season, which ended in a tie for 16th place and a combined score of 157 after two rounds at the girls’ state tournament at Bowling Green Country Club. This was an improvement over her state tournament finish as a sophomore the year prior, in which she tied for 39th and shot 168 at the event.

“We are honored to recognize these student-athletes throughout the year,” Midway University president Dr. John P. Marsden said in a statement. “We created this program in 2016 to parallel what we as an institution value – academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community service.”

Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year Award recipients are selected over the course of the year and announced during the region or state tournaments of each sport. In June, selected student-athletes are invited to the Midway University campus to receive their awards. At this gathering, the Overall Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year Awards are announced as well.

Nominations for Student-Athlete of the Year are sent in by high school coaches, counselors or principals, with a judging panel voting on the winners for each sport. These judges further review the winners from each individual sport at the end of the school year to determine the Overall Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year winners.

This year’s overall selections were Woodford County senior softball player Claire Lehmkuhler for the girls’ award and Grant County High School senior track and field athlete Jackson Smallwood in the boys’ category.

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