Community News May 21, 2013

Zane Trace, Oak Hill Students Named Adena Athletes of the Year

Two local athlete/scholars have been named Adena Sports Medicine’s male and female Athletes of the Year, for the 2012-13 school year. This was the inaugural year for the program, designed to honor senior male and female high school athletes in our region. Each winner will receive a $2,000 Adena Athlete of the Year scholarship, and their respective schools will each receive $500 toward their athletic program.

Wes Beam, a senior at Zane Trace High School, was named male Athlete of the Year. He maintained a 3.993 GPA while participating in three varsity sports, serving his school, church, and community and working part-time. As one of Wes’ references stated, “He is one of the most respectful, honest, and genuine students I have ever worked with.”
Hannah Spohn, a senior at Oak Hill High School, was named female Athlete of the Year.  Hannah maintained a 4.0 GPA during her high school career, playing three varsity sports, serving her community and working part-time. One of Hannah’s references said, “Hannah is always willing to give her time unselfishly to help others. She has a genuine concern for the well-being of people.”

Local high school senior athletes are eligible for the Athlete of the Year contest by being voted Adena Sports Medicine’s Athlete of the Month (AOM). The contest runs from October through May, and senior athletes are nominated by their athletic directors and coaches. The contest is open to seniors who demonstrate outstanding grades, athletic skill, leadership qualities and a proven dedication to their community. The AOM is selected based on votes cast on Adena’s Facebook page. A committee of local athletic trainers, physical therapists and a sports medicine physician selected the monthly finalists. The Committee also evaluated the criteria of each month’s male and female winners and selected the Athletes of the Year.

Adena Sports Medicine provides a variety of services to the youth of our region including: safety training for coaches by local athletic trainers and therapists; pre-season sports physicals; and athletic training to area high schools to help prevent injuries, keep athletes safe and ensure maximum recovery should an injury occur.

For more information about the Athlete of the Year program, visit