Dawson Lehman is the 2020-21 Parsons Sun High School Boys Athlete of the Year.
Lehman’s stellar campaign was culminated in the spring as he won the state 2A title in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump at the track and field championships.
In the fall, Lehman was the leader on the Red Devils’ football team. He rushed for 1,104 yards and passed for another 778. On defense, he registered 62 tackles with six sacks and four interceptions.
“Dawson proved himself,” Erie football and track head coach Eddie Kearns said. “He was the majority of our offense in football and our leading tackler. In basketball, he was always quick. His dedication and wanting to be the best is unmatched. He’s one of the best athletes that I’ve coached in 43 years.”
In basketball — a season that saw Erie win a Tri-Valley League title and earn its second straight bid to the state tournament — Lehman was earned first-team all-league honors while averaging 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.
“He’s a guy that showed great development over the span of his high school career,” Erie basketball head coach Nick Pfeifer said. “He improved his way to an all-state caliber player through great work ethic and commitment. He was a pleasure to coach and what I consider to be a coach’s player. He does everything just the way a coach would want.”
As the spring arrived, Lehman competed simultaneously in baseball and track. On the diamond, he earned honorable mention All-Tri-Valley League recognition.
In track, in addition to the state title in the 400m dash, he won the league crown in the 100m dash, 200m dash and 400m dash.
Lehman’s exploits on the track earned him an offer to the Pittsburg State roster, where he’ll continue his career after graduating.
“I think Dawson will do fine,” Kearns said. “He’s in the weight room every day already. He’s looking to run a triathlon this summer. He’s got the drive and the desire. I think once he gets over there and he’s doing track all year, he’ll be able to fine-tune his skills.”