Male Athlete Of The Year: Steve Lewis

December 30, 1990

Name: Steve Lewis.

School: Edgewood High.

Class: Senior.

Sports: Basketball, track.

Accomplishments: Lewis has so much athletic ability in his sleek, 6-foot-2 frame that he equaled the school record for the high jump just a half-hour into his first day of practice. Wearing awkward basketball shoes, Lewis floated over the bar at 6-6. On his very first attempt, he had jumped more than his height. Edgewood track coaches couldn't believe their eyes, but once Lewis donned track shoes, he performed even better. He won the county title, jumping 6-4 in the wind. In the regional meet, Lewis set a new school record at 6-6 . His 6-3 jump at the state Class 2A Track and Field Championships was good enough to take the gold medal. He thinks he could have gone higher, but was so excited about the win that he rushed through the rest of his attempts. In practice, Lewis had jumped as high as 6-10 -- two inches higher than the county record. Nobody beat him all season long. Lewis also ran on the mile-relay team that finished fourth in the regional meet. Not bad for a young man everyone thought was just a basketball star. Before he decided to try high jumping, Lewis led the Rams to an appearance in the regional semifinals last February. In the season finale, Lewis scored 17 points as Edgewood fell to Aberdeen, 78-75, in triple overtime in a regional semifinal game. Averaging 16.5 points per game as a guard, Lewis could hit the three-pointer or penetrate inside. His smooth jump shot, good rebounding position and smart defensive play made him a standout individual player, but Lewis was also a team player. He helped last year's team to a 16-7 record. So far this fall, Lewis and the Rams are 4-0.

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