McElwain honored as female athlete of the year

Published on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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Alexis McElwain has been named the 2012/2013 Blaine High School Female Athlete of the Year. With her competitive spirit, natural athleticism and incredible toughness, McElwain excelled in basketball, soccer and softball and was a tireless leader in all three sports.

As a post player with an accurate shot, McElwain was a strong presence every time she stepped onto the basketball court for the Borderites. She led her team in rebounds, averaging 9.7 per game in the 2012/2013 season, and was the third most productive player on offense. McElwain’s aggressive defense and seamless offense were crucial to Blaine’s great season, 
and she helped lead the team to the regional round of the state tournament.

On the softball field, McElwain displayed toughness and resilience in bouncing back from a severe concussion. In a game against Burlington-Edison March 22, she was playing shortstop when a shallow pop fly set her and right fielder Jollee Russell on a collision course. 

The resulting concussion sidelined McElwain for much of the rest of the season, but she came back strong on the mound, in the field and at bat, and helped carry her team into the post season.

“She’s one of the toughest girls I know,” said softball coach Alisa Burk. “She’s dealt with several injuries over the years, and she’s played through it. Definitely an inspiration for the team.”

McElwain played defense on the soccer field. She was a tenacious defender and a solid player, according to soccer coach Dan Steelquist.

“She’s tough on herself and she has a naturally competitive character,” Steelquist said. “She was easy to coach because she worked hard without anyone telling her to. She’s very deserving of this award.”