For the second year in a row, Cherryvale’s Mariah Monroy is the Parsons Sun High School Girls Athlete of the Year.
“She’s always the kid that came in and did what she was supposed to do,” Cherryvale girls basketball head coach Kelsey Overacker said. “No matter what sport she played, she was in there to make the game-changing plays.”
After missing most of her junior volleyball season due to injury, Monory returned and delivered a stellar senior effort. She earned first-team All-Tri-Valley League honors while registering a team-high 188 digs, 148 kills and 79 blocks.
On the hardwood, where she helped guide Cherryvale to another winning season and a berth into the sub-state semifinals, Monroy averaged a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of assists per game.
“The stats show a lot of it,” Overacker said. “She led in almost everything. She was our leader on the floor. Every day, she went as hard as she could go. She pushed the younger kids every way she could.”
Moving on to the track and field season, Monroy finished second in the Tri-Valley League triple jump. She took third in the KSHSAA 3A state championships in the same event.
“She rises to the occasion and is someone who thrives under pressure,” Cherryvale track head coach Chad Dick said. “She was a point-getter and an amazing athlete.”
Monroy will continue her track career at Missouri Southern State.
“She’ll have success at Missouri Southern,” Dick said. “She’ll have a great jump coach over there. She had the raw athletic ability to compete at a very high level. She can earn points at a conference meet within her first few years there.”
As Monroy has graduated, she leaves a legacy as one of the most storied athletes in school history.
“Since she was a freshman, she was a rock here,” Dick said. “Any opponent knew it came down to Mariah Monroy. She had an amazing track career here along with her other sports. Her name will stay in the record books for quite a long time.”