BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
Each year, O’Fallon Township High School names one male and one female athlete as their Athlete of the Year, and this season, the King and Queen of OTHS Athletics reside on the diamond.
Panther Softball Ace Addison Barnouski earned Female Athlete of the Year honors after defining herself as the best player on her team. Barnouski led the Panthers in every pitching statistic for the third season in a row, and was also a force at the plate, leading the team in every offensive stat as well.
Barnouski felt honored to win the award, but credits teammates and coaches for her personal progress and accolades.
The dual threat star was 3rd Team All-State and 1st Team All-Southwestern Conference, as well as being named team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. Barnouski will be attending Southeastern Missouri State and will play on the Redhawk Softball Team.
On the other side, OTHS Male Athlete of the Year went to perhaps the best to ever suit up for the storied O’Fallon Baseball program. Bradley Harrison, OTHS All-Time leader in hits and career earned run average, wrapped up his senior season with the honor, capping off what has become a legendary prep career.
Harrison was a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Player of the Year Award. Past winners of the trophy have included current Los Angeles Dodgers ace and Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, current Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, and legendary Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield.
Harrison was also a consensus 1st Team All-State, Louisville Slugger TPX All-American, Perfect Game All-American, and a finalist for the State Player of the Year Award.
“[OTHS Athlete of the Year] is definitely up there towards the top in terms on awards this year. It is a real honor to be able to represent O’Fallon and to be selected out of the many outstanding athletes at the school,” Harrison told the Weekly.
Harrison, a dual Outfielder/Pitching prospect, will take his talents to Carbondale, Illinois, and Southern Illinois University, where he will join the Salukis at both positions. “When I get down there, I am hoping to play right field and pitch. My goal is to do both.”