Mountain Home’s Lane Alexander, the first-ever three-sport state champion at the school, was recently named the Jim Holsted Athlete of the Year at Mountain Home High School.
The Holsted family initiated the Jim Holsted Athlete of the Year Award in 2013, which is selected from a group of nominees identified by the MHHS athletic department and voted on by the area’s sports reporters. Holsted was a long-time sponsor of the MHHS Athlete of the Week award.
“We believe the cornerstones of leadership are communication, competence and commitment. Sports provide a training ground to cultivate these characteristics in our young men and women,” the award sponsors stated in a press release. “Because of that belief, we provide financial support to the Mountain Home Athletic Department, sponsor the Athlete of the Week program and award a $1,000 scholarship to the individual athlete who best matches the following criteria.”
The release goes on to list the criteria of the nominees:
• Must be a senior.
• Exhibited athletic excellence in at least one sport (All-State, All-Conference, etc.)
• Been a member of at least two school teams during the school year.
• Exhibited leadership qualities (as a team member and/or in the athletic program)
• Exhibited “coachability” (accepts and puts into use coach’s suggestions)
• Encouraged team development, been a great teammate and displayed great sportsmanship.
• Exhibited a commitment to developing and improving their athletic potential.
• Must plan to attend post-secondary educational institution.
• Be a great role model for younger kids.
In his career as a Bomber, Alexander won the Class 6A State 3,200 meters in track as a junior and as a senior, won the Class 6A State individual cross country championship as a junior and as a senior, and won the 113-pound weight division state wrestling championship his senior year.
“It has been incredibly exciting as a coach to watch Lane excel in three sports,” Mountain Home head track and field coach Philip Goodwin said. “His successes in track have been the result of a great deal of work and dedication on his part. He has grown, not only as an athlete in track, but also as a leader. The athletes on the Bomber and Lady Bomber track teams look to the experienced seniors for guidance, and an example. I could not think of a greater individual to shoulder that tremendous responsibility that Lane Alexander.”
Alexander also was a part of team state cross country championships as a freshman and sophomore.
“Lane came in as a ninth-grader under some great upperclassmen, and he learned from them how to be a team leader,” Mountain Home head cross country coach Robert Blades said. “He has passed that leadership on to the younger kids. He has been a positive influence on the team, and that will carry through to his college career. He has an outstanding work ethic. During wrestling season, Lane would come back to the high school after wrestling practice to get his running work-out in.”
Alexander recently signed a National Letter of Intent to run both cross country and track at Southern Arkansas University.
“Lane is a young individual whose values are strong,” Mountain Home head wrestling coach Damon Eikenhorst said. “He is going to go a long way with these core values. He is the type of kid who you know is in class. You know he is going to be at practice. You know he is doing the right thing when he is walking around campus. He is the perfect example of a student athlete who is associated with this award, when you talk about integrity, hard work and reliability to his coaches and teammates.”