The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

December 6, 2012

Former Bulldog up for scholar-athlete award

OTTUMWA — A former star athlete at Ottumwa High School is one of five females up for a 2011-2012 Duane Schroeder IIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Sarah Paulson, who recently finished her sports career at Central College in Pella where she played golf and basketball,  displayed her fierce dedication to academics and athletics long before she got entered college. Indeed, Her comittment to excelling in both worlds was on full display during her stint at Ottumwa High School.

Paulson, along with her identical twin Kristin, led the Ottumwa golf team to a state championship in 2007 and a state runner-up in 2008. Sarah took third at state her senior year, two spots behind the state champion, which happened to be her sister Kristin, who went on to golf at Iowa State University.

Sarah capped off her Ottumwa basketball career with a stellar senior season as she led the Bulldogs with 16 points a game. Paulson’s accomplishments in the classroom and in the sports world led the Ottumwa A-Club to name her and Kristin co-Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year in 2008. Both girls, because of their perfect grade point averages, also shared the role of valedictorian at graduation.

Sarah maintained her high level of performance in academics and athletics at Central. In golf, she was named three-time Iowa Conference MVP: Paulson has the all-time best scores on 18-, 36- and 72 holes at the Iowa Conference Championship. Plus she was a two-time top-10 finisher at the NCAA Division III Women’s Championship — she tied for runner-up honors last spring. On the basketball court, she earned second team all-conference honors and averaged over 10 points a game in 71 games. Her academic accomplishments include being a three-year member of the Iowa Conference All-Academic team.

According to a press release, the Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the year will be selected by the Iowa Intercollegiate Faculty Athletic Representatives. This year’s winners will be released Jan. 3.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • 0730 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth 14 All Stars Ottumwa Babe Ruth team dominates at state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa 14 Babe Ruth All-Stars team bore a striking resemblance to absolute domination at the state tournament in Ottumwa this season."The longest game we had was six innings," Conner Sheehan said. "We still 10-run ruled that team it ju

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Sports Fairfield baseball Hietpas photo Fairfield falls in nine to DCG in state quarterfinals DES MOINES – Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. Neither did the zeroes on the scoreboard that were being posted by his counterpart. Hietpas and D

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0730 OTT Sports Shrine Bowl photo Bulldogs have fun at Shrine Bowl CEDAR FALLS — Ottumwa football coach Zach Pfantz had a blast serving as one of the coaches of the South team at the 42nd Annual Iowa Shrine Bowl at the UNI Dome Saturday. "It was a really awesome and wonderful experience and I was very thankful to ha

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 OTT Sports Brok Hopwood mug Three Bulldogs chosen for all-district team OTTUMWA — Three Ottumwa Bulldogs and a slew of Twin Cedars players were selected for their respective Iowa High School All-District teams. The players named to all-district squads were chosen by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association. Th

    July 29, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0730 OTT Sports Albia baseball photo Baseball run wraps up a great year for Albia INDIANOLA — Brett Leshen walked into the dugout at Indianola High School’s baseball diamond, took off his Albia baseball jersey and headed up the hill to receive hugs from his family and friends, thus marking the end of a remarkable senior year, and

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0730 OTT Sports EBF softball trophy celebration photo EBF softball team brings trophy back from Fort Dodge EDDYVILLE — It may not have been the hardware the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team intended to come home with. But it was hardware. A trophy. An accomplishment no Rocket softball team had ever accomplished. That’s a feat that’s worth celebr

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament CLASS 1A Friday, July 25 Quarterfinals No. 2 Newman Catholic 7, No. 7 BGM 1 No. 6 Don Bosco 2, No. 8 Martensdale-St. Marys 1 Saturday, July 26 Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars 7, Underwood 0 No. 5 Gehlen Catholic 3, Lone Tree 0 Thursday, July 31 Semif

    July 29, 2014

  • 0729 OTT Sports Ottumwa Babe Ruth State Champs Ottumwa All-Star team advances to Midwest Regional OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa 15-year-old baseball all-star team captured the state championship thanks to an unbelievable pitching staff and near flawless defense. "Pitchers are really the strength of this team," Ottumwa coach Mike Budan said. "We have som

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0729 OTT Sports Rylee Eakins photo New recruits bolster hopes for IHCC volleyball OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College volleyball coach Lyndsey Lyon feels confident she has an incoming recruiting class that will shore up some of the deficiencies of last year’s squad. Lyon has announced the addition of eight former Iowa high s

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0729 OTT Sports Scott Watson mug Sprint Speedweek starts Thursday on Knoxville

    Hello race fans and welcome to The Pit Stop. Thursday night kicks off the 13th Annual Cox Design Iowa Speedweek for Sprint Cars, where there are nine nights of Sprint Car racing over 10 days scheduled between The Knoxville Raceway and The Southern Io

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook