Front and center
Lexi Astor’s resume was unmatched by any other girl in Fort Dodge’s senior class.
Due to her numerous individual accomplishments, Astor was recently selected as the 2014 Florence Nordman award winner, presented annually to the top Dodger graduating female student-athlete.
Over the past four years, Astor has been front and center in any success of the Dodger softball, volleyball, basketball and track programs.
“It was an honor to win (the award),” said Astor, who received 14 letters at FDSH. “It could’ve easily gone to a couple of other girls, so it didn’t really hit me at first.
“You just need to keep working hard and have a good attitude. It’s important to do the little things, stay out of trouble and not hurt the team.”
On the diamond, Astor managed a .424 career batting average with 179 hits, 107 runs, 105 stolen bases and 49 RBI in 158 games. She was a three-time IGCA all-state and all-district selection, while being named to the all-conference top squad three times. Astor was also twice voted to the all-CIC Super Team.
“Lexi was actually one of the most athletic kids we’ve ever had on the softball team,” FDSH head coach Andi Adams said. “I know softball wasn’t her favorite sport, but she always stuck it out. You can do a lot of damage in softball if you can bunt and have speed. She proved her accolades by batting .465 this season and ended up being selected to play in the (IGCA) All Star game, which shows that other coaches noticed her talents. She was extremely fun to have on the bases and did an outstanding job in the outfield, too.”
Astor was tabbed to the all-CIC Northern Division top squad her junior and senior seasons in volleyball. She went 375-for-435 serving with 373 kills, 334 digs, 102 blocks and 73 aces in three years for Fort Dodge. Astor will continue her volleyball career as a preferred walk-on at the NCAA Div. I level for the University of Northern Iowa. She will major in exercise science.
“Lexi was a huge asset for us,” said FDSH head coach Tonia Burrell. “She’s a very hard worker and just an amazing athlete. I can’t wait to watch her play at UNI. I think she’ll be able to play anywhere the coaching staff gives her an opportunity.”
In basketball, Astor tallied 286 rebounds, 256 points, 93 steals and 53 assists in 63 varsity contests. This past winter, the Dodgers finished 11-12 overall after combining for only three victories in the two previous seasons combined.
“I’ve never coached anybody that has worked harder than Lexi,” Fort Dodge head coach Scott Timmerman said. “She was always willing to come in during the offseason and put some time in. Lexi was probably one of the most competitive girls we’ve ever had in the program. She had the length to guard tall people and the quickness to guard little ones. She was pretty much fearless and a huge asset on the defensive end of the court.”
During her track career, Astor was a four-time state qualifier and a four-time Drake Relays participant. She ran on the Dodger 4×100, which set a new school record at both Drake and state earlier this year. Her other state events came in the long jump, 4×200, sprint medley and distance medley.
“Lexi’s going to be deeply missed,” said FDSH head coach Todd Constable. “She was one of the most versatile athletes we’ve ever had. She had a great work ethic and is someone we want all our student athltes to model after. Lexi could’ve went anywhere to compete in track or volleyball, but I knew deep down she wanted to play volleyball. I think she probably made the right decision by just focusing on one sport in college.”
Astor was quick to point out her dad, Kevin, as a significant influence along the way.
My dad was always making me try everything, and he was never easy on me,” Astor said. “We would go outside and play a lot, but I just loved the competition.”
No matter what the future holds, Astor will never forget her experiences at Fort Dodge.
“I’m definitely going to miss it,” said Astor. “A lot of our teams were so close. Having fun with your friends and competing to win is what high school is all about.”
Astor competed on a traveling volleyball team from October until April. Away from sports, Astor stayed busy in band, A Cappella Choir and was an altar server at church. She also worked a part-time job at the Best Western Starlite Village.