CHICAGO (June 4, 2015) — In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Erin Lockhart of Lincoln Southeast High School as its 2014-15 Gatorade Nebraska Softball Player of the Year. Lockhart is the second Gatorade Nebraska Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Lincoln Southeast High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Lockhart as Nebraska’s best high school softball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award
announced in June, Lockhart joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Alicia Hollowell (2000-01, Fairfield HS, Calif.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.), Angela Tincher (2002-03, James River HS, Va.) and Kenzie Fowler (2006-07, Canyon del Oro HS, Ariz.).
The 5-foot-9 senior shortstop led the Knights (18-16) to the district finals this past season. Lockhart produced a .596 batting average with eight home runs, 45 runs scored and 30 RBI. Captain of the Lincoln Journal Star Super-State team, she also had a .736 on-base percentage and a 1.022 slugging percentage. Lockhart is a two-time member of the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team and a three-time Super-State honoree, and her .516 career batting average is a Class A state record.
Lockhart has maintained a 4.42 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Capital Humane Society, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, youth softball programs and a food bank.
“Lockhart is a very bright, very talented kid,” said Mark Watt, head coach at Lincoln Southwest High. “She’s an excellent hitter who’s gotten good through hard work and done every little thing to make herself and her team better.”
Lockhart will attend Harvard University this fall, where she will play softball.
Lincoln Southeast High School
The “Tradition of Excellence” Continues…
Boys Cross Country = LPS Champion, District Runner-Up and State Qualifier
Girls Cross Country = State Qualifier
Girls Golf = HAC Runner-Up, District Champion and State Qualifier
Softball = District Finalist
Boys Tennis = State Qualifier
Volleyball = LPS Champion, HAC Season Champion, HAC Tournament Champion, District Champion, State Qualifier and Final Four Participant
Boys Basketball = District Runner-Up
Boys Swimming & Diving = HAC Runner-Up and State Qualifier
Girls Swimming & Diving = State Qualifier
Wrestling = State Qualifier
Baseball = LPS Champion, HAC Season Champion, HAC Tournament Runner-Up, District Champion and State Qualifier
Girls Soccer = LPS Champion, HAC Season Champion, HAC Tournament Champion, District Champion and State Qualifier
Boys Soccer = LPS Runner-Up
Girls Tennis = HAC Tournament Champion and State Qualifier
Girls Track = State Qualifier
Boys Golf = LPS Runner-UP and State Qualifier
Congratulations to our athletes and coaches and good luck to everyone during the 2015-2016 Spring Sports Season!
Southeast has 126 Nebraska School Activities Association state championships, more than any school of any class in the state! Southeast has also won 21 World Herald all-sports championships, and was recognized by the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame as the Athletic Program of the Decade, 1990-1999. The hallways of our Prasch Gym are lined with trophies and they also display photographs of both team and individual success on the “Wall of Honor.”
The Lincoln Southeast Athletic Program believes in the tremendous value that athletics have on the development of young people. We believe that athletics are a wonderful opportunity for young people to stretch their physical and mental capabilities. Our focus is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment that allows our student athletes to improve not only in their performance and physical skills, but more importantly, improve as people, developing life skills. Our goal is to pursue excellence by motivating students to do their best. We encourage student athletes to become involved in multiple sports to gain the benefits that each can provide and contribute to the long standing “Tradition of Excellence” in athletics that has been established at Lincoln Southeast.
As an extension of the classroom for our students, the Lincoln Southeast Athletic Program focuses on the following Pillars of Success to enable our “Tradition of Excellence” to continue…
EFFORT LEADERSHIP TEAMWORK TEAM UNITY
DISCIPLINE COMPETITION SPORTSMANSHIP
Lincoln Southeast Athletics are...
COMPETITIVE EVENTS THAT SHOULD BE FUN.
TO HAVE FUN, WE MUST BE GOOD.
TO BE GOOD, WE MUST WORK HARD.
TO WORK HARD, WE MUST BE DISCIPLINED
Therefore, we expect the utmost from all of our student athletes. Lincoln Southeast coaches are here to dedicate their time and talents to attend camps, clinics and classes to learn the most current techniques and strategies. They are teachers of their sport first. As student athletes, your physical, mental and emotional abilities are important. We must work to always improve our skills as individuals and as a team. The more effort and enthusiasm we put into our program, the more we will all receive. Remember, NOTHING GOOD EVER CAME EASY.
WE believe in EFFORT and LEADERSHIP. Anything worthwhile can only be achieved with enthusiasm and effort. Our success depends largely upon the effort players are willing to exhibit everyday and upon the effort coaches are putting in preparing for every practice and every game. Leadership is the demonstration of effort at the highest level. Some leaders are verbal and some are silent. Some leaders are older and some are younger. Be a leader in the classroom, on the field and on the court by setting your goals high and diligently working toward them. Coaches, players and their families are all role models for our future KNIGHTS.
WE believe in TEAMWORK. Within a team there are no stars, only roles, with each role significant to the success of the team. Selfishness will not be tolerated and playing time is NON-NEGOTIABLE. Please do not measure a student athlete’s self worth by their playing time. The ultimate goal of a team is reaching the point where the whole is greater than the parts and we elevate our play to an exemplary level.
WE believe in TEAM UNITY. The players must trust their coaches to do what is best for the team. The coaches must trust their players to fulfill their responsibilities. We can build trust by telling the truth. It is important that players trust each other as they work toward their common goals. Team Unity is the backbone of the Lincoln Southeast Athletic Program.
WE believe in DISCIPLINE. Discipline means making us do the tough things and sacrifice is sometimes a part of discipline. Staying focused to perform like we have been taught, concentrating on our goals and on the game plan, even through tough times, exhibits discipline as a team. The better disciplined we are, the better competitors we will be. Each of us needs to be disciplined in the classroom, on the field, on the court as well as in our daily lives in order for the Lincoln Southeast Athletic Program to be successful.
WE believe in COMPETITION. Competition will take place within a team as players compete for positions and playing time. Competition will test us against the best teams in the state. Tough competition makes us better. Whatever recognition we receive, whether as individuals or as a team, are legitimate ONLY if it is earned through competition. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.
WE believe in SPORTSMANSHIP. If athletics are to achieve their goal of producing better citizens, then certain behaviors must be emphasized while others must be discouraged. Cooperation, respectfulness and emotional control are vital. Complaining, whining and excuses will not be tolerated. Since a player's behavior reflects not only on themselves and on their family, but also on the program, the school and the Lincoln Southeast Community as a whole, we must be certain that we leave a positive impression. Our fans and opponents, who come in contact with our program, must view us as a CLASS ACT. Behaviors before and after a competition are also very important.
These expectations are for everyone involved in the Lincoln Southeast Athletic Program. We are proud of our program and are excited to have you as part of our “Tradition of Excellence.” Have a GREAT season.
-The Lincoln Southeast Coaches and Athletic Department Administration and Staff
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