YORK – When McCool Junction senior Coleman Cogswell was announced as the winner of the 2012-13 York News-Times Male Athlete of the Year Award, he said he couldn’t believe it.
“Of all the other athletes in the area, I just couldn’t believe I would be chosen out of all those guys,” he said. “I feel very privileged to have won this award and it is very special to me.”
Coleman wasn’t sure why his mom and dad dragged him to York Monday night, something about 4-H. “They said I had to go sign some papers for 4-H, but I thought that was strange and too late to be doing that,” he said.
This past season Coleman competed in cross country where he finished 11th in Class D and in basketball his work ethic and leadership off the court were huge reasons the McCool Mustangs had such a successful season. Coleman averaged 12.5 points a game, shot 42 percent from the field, hit 28 3-point shots and averaged 4.5 rebounds a game.
Coleman was also the Wendy’s Heisman candidate for the state of Nebraska.
In track and field he excelled in distance races and qualified in both the 1600 and 3200 meter finals at the Nebraska State Track and Field Meet.
The award winner said it takes hard work and dedication to the sports you are competing in.
“You have to really focus on each sport you are in at the time and dedicate yourself to be the best,” said Coleman. “My parents pushed me to be a three sport athlete ever since I was in elementary school and there never was another option, but that’s what I wanted as well. Nowadays if you want to be a top level athlete you have to work hard through the summer months and you have to really be dedicated to making yourself better. There is not much free time during the summer months, because if you don’t continue to train, you will fall behind the others who do.”
Having just graduated from McCool Junction High School on May 11, Coleman has his sights set on attending Concordia University in Seward.
“My plans are to attend Concordia University and play basketball,” said Coleman. “I may even try to run a little track for them as well. I have to keep training all summer and that will include running and getting myself on a weight lifting program.”
Coleman looked back on his days at McCool Junction. As he reflected on the past four years, he gave very little thought to what he would change.
“I am happy with how things turned out my last four years. I wouldn’t change a thing,” Coleman stated. “When I think back to my time at McCool, I think of all the fun times with my classmates, the relationships I had with my coaches and the all the fun I had there. I had great times and I will always remember those times, but I am also ready to start the next chapter.”
The 2013 award winner had this advice for athletes who desire to excel at their sport
“You have to be dedicated and you have to be willing to work hard at making yourself better. It takes juggling your scheduled and making sure you keep working all the time. I kept training through the summer months and even though I had to give up some things, I knew that is what it would take to keep up with the other athletes. I tried to help others, encourage them and just be nice to people at McCool Junction, and I hope that is what I will be remembered for.”