PSU’s own Lizzy Jeronimus was the women’s recipient of the 2013-14 MIAA Ken B. Jones Award, an award recognizing the top male and female student-athlete in the conference. She was recognized at the league’s annual awards ceremony on June 5.
Gorilla football standout Nate Dreiling was one of the top three finalists for the men’s award.
Jeronimus has established herself one of the top basketball players in the MIAA and NCAA Division II. A junior from Lenexa, Kan., Jeronimus was second last season in the MIAA in scoring at more than 18 points per game and she ranked among the MIAA’s statistical leaders in rebounding, field goals percentage, assists and blocked shots. At the conclusion of the season she garnered first-team All-MIAA as well as first-team All-America accolades. Next season she will enter her senior year as the nation’s second leading active career scorer in Division II, having already scored over 1,600 career points.
Off the court, Jeronius was a volunteer in cleanup efforts from a tornado in Baxter Springs, Kan.; she helped with a clinic for area Girl Scouts; she was active in the annual Backpack Program food drive; and, she was an active member of PSU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.
Academically, Jeronimus has earned both MIAA Scholar Athlete honors as well as Capital One Academic All-District honors. She also has been a multiple award recipient of the Pitt State Provost Award for Academic Excellence. She is currently a management major with a 3.80 GPA.
“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. It was my goal to be a student first and an athlete second at Pitt State. 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.
Jeronimus said her family’s support has been central to her success.
“My parents, brothers, grandparents and uncles make it to almost every game. It means the world to me to always have family members cheering me on in the stands. Their support motivates me to be the player that I am but most importantly I know that no matter what they are always proud of me.”