The Hawk Eye's Senior Athlete of the Year profile: Makenzie Pezley (Burlington Hawkeye)


KHS POY 2017 Makenzie Pezley

Chad Drury

Sports — Volleyball, basketball, track, softball

Accomplishments — Volleyball: Three-year letterwinner, though missed five weeks of senior season with ankle injury. … Twice named academic all-Southeast Conference. … Had more than 200 kills and 200 digs during her career. Basketball: Four-year letter winner and part of Class 4A state semifinal team as a junior. … Helped Chiefs reach at least regional finals in three of four seasons. … Twice named first-team all-SEC, and was third-team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association and first-team all-state by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association as a junior, as well as all-tournament team at the state tournament. … Scored 751 career points, and developed a great 3-point shot during the latter part of her career. Excellent defender who had 153 steals during her career, and also had 135 assists. Track: Two-year varsity letter winner and all-academic in the SEC. Softball: Three-time first-team all-SEC entering senior season with two conference championships. … Has improved every year at the plate during a career that will see five seasons batting at least .300. … Has also gone 28-15 in the pitcher’s circle the last two seasons with 203 strikeouts and just 48 walks. … Named third-team all-state as a sophomore and second-team as a junior.

Future plans — Will attend Southeastern Community College and play college basketball, and major in elementary education.

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