July 3, 2008 · Updated 6:01 PM
"Seniors April Bagby, Joe Donnellon and Matt Frost are ending their high school careers with Coupeville High School's highest athletic honor - the Athlete of the Year award. The award is based on an athlete's school and community citizenship, coachability and athletic achievement.Softball coach Randy Dickson said Bagby, a senior starter on the volleyball and softball teams, became a good athlete through a lot of hard work.She's not the type with a lot of natural ability, so it's all due to practice, Dickson said. Bagby pitched all year for the Wolves, taking them to the playoffs. Her first two years playing were right after we didn't even have a team, Dickson said. We never won a game - we were 0-40.Why keep coming back for more?It was really fun, Bagby said. We were a young team - we knew we would come around.Bagby said they knew they were in a position where they couldn't lose a game if they wanted to make it to the playoffs. We went up against Concrete - a rival - and knew we had to win, she said. We knew it would be a tough game and we whopped them with 10 runs by the fifth inning.She plans on attending the University of Arizona in Tucson to major in psychology and criminology. She said she won't play ball at school - it's a Division I school - but is hoping to play intramurals for fun.Boys basketball coach Randy King said it was too hard to choose between Donnellon and Frost, both being talented and hard-working athletes. Both started for the varsity basketball team, which made it to the district playoffs, and both ran exceptionally well for varsity cross country and track, which placed sixth in the state.One of the things considered for the award is coachability, King said, a willingness to do what was asked. These are two kids you couldn't ask much more from for athletics.Frost plays the trumpet in the school band. In fact, he plans on majoring in music at the University of Idaho in the Lionel Hampton School of Music. He said he will probably run in clubs to stay in shape.Frost said his highlights from this season include the state competitions.I broke the school record in the 800, he said. That had been my goal for two years.This is Donnellon's second year winning the Dick Bogardus Memorial Award. He was second in both the 1600 and 3200 at the recent state track meet, and placed 24th individually out of 151 runners at the state cross country meet in the fall.Donnellon plans on running at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. He has been offered a partial scholarship for cross country and track. He said he will probably major in kinesiology, but is unsure what road he will take.I have fun (running), he said. I didn't know I'd be a star athlete or anything."