Butte native Jim LeProwse was named the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the third straight season recently.
The award comes after LeProwse led the Dawson Community College softball team in Glendive to another successful season. The team finished with a Mon-Dak conference record 16-2 to win the league crown for the third straight year. Dawson posted an overall record of 28-18.
The Buccaneers finished the season with a .383 team batting average and hit a school record 47 home runs in 46 games. Great Falls Russell graduate Alissa Keeler led the way with 15. Keeler also set the Dawson single season home run record with 15. The previous record of 12 was held by Dawson sophomore Bryce Mitchell from Roy High School Ogden, Utah. Mitchell completed this season with 8 to bring her career total to a Dawson record of 20 over her two years here.
Justine Taylor of Belgrade was 25-25 on stolen bases this season adding to her 34 stolen bases her freshman year. Taylor finished her freshman year with 34-35 on stolen bases.
Dawson ace Jamie Aiken from Ogden, Utah was named MVP Pitcher of the conference. Other all conference players were McKenzie Bassett of Wellsville, Utah, Mitchell, Keeler and Taylor. Bassett, Aiken, and Mitchell were also all region IX players this season. Jackie Thomas from Billings Senior High School was named to the Region IX all-tournament team along with Aiken, Keeler and Bassett.
Dawson’s season came to a close with a Regional championship game loss to Central Community College from Columbus, Nebraska. Dawson will return 13 players to next year’s team.
LeProwse said he has some talented freshmen coming in, including Butte High ace Jessica Robertson.
“I will be exciting to see what we can do in 2014-2015,” the coach said. 1 comment