Lewis Wins Athlete of the Year

The Baton Rouge Advocate Newspaper held it's 23rd Annual Athlete of the Year/Star of Stars Banquet Tuesday night. A future Rice Owl took home home top honors...

Ryan Lewis took home the most prestigious honor a high school athlete in Baton Rouge can receive Tuesday night. He was the male recipient of the coveted "Athlete of the Year Award", given by The Baton Rouge Advocate. Lewis won the award after being named one of the finalists in Sunday's edition of the newspaper.

"For me, just being a finalist for this award was a humbling experience," Lewis said. "I didn't think about winning it. Now that I've won, I'm not sure I can tell you what it means to me in words. It's that special."

Over 150 coaches, athletes and their families were present Tuesday night at the event. 23 other athletes were honored with "Star of Stars" awards for distinguished accomplishments in their respective sports.

Lewis plans on being in Houston next month to begin a promising career in football at the next level. While he'll be coming to Rice as a quarterback, he might make an impact over at Reckling Park on the baseball diamond as well - he hit .475 with 10 Home Runs this year as an outfielder on the Baton Rouge Catholic Bears baseball team. This hasn't gone unnoticed as scouts from the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves have been in town this spring to see Lewis. Some scouts have him projected as high as a 5th round selection.

In spite of the attention from Major League Baseball, to this point Lewis and family have remained focused on his coming to Rice. He is scheduled to begin summer classes next month and start working out with his freshmen classmates in preparation for August football drills.

Owl fans cross your fingers.

For now we congratulate Ryan on a well deserved honor. He had this to say about his award Tuesday night, "For me, there's no better way to end my high school career," Lewis said. "It doesn't get any better than this."

Hopefully he'll be saying the same when he hoists a C-USA Football Championship Trophy at Rice...

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