2021 Athena Award

Simley Senior Named 2021 Athena Athlete of the Year
Posted on 04/11/2021
2021 Athena Athlete of the YearSimley High School senior Zoe Boughton has been selected as the Athena Female Athlete of the Year for 2021. Head coaches from Simley chose Zoe based on her outstanding accomplishments in hockey, soccer, and track and in the classroom.

“She is a 4.0 student and a great leader. … She has played defense for the majority of her career and has emerged as one of the hardest defenders to beat in the Metro East Conference, if not the hardest,” Simley Girls Hockey Coach Tom Patnode said. “Zoe is a game changer for our team when she is on the rink.”

Zoe, the 2020-2021 team captain, is a 5-year letter winner in hockey. During her hockey career, she has earned All Conference Honorable Mention, Utility Player of the Year, and Spartan Player of the Year for her accomplishments on the ice. Academically, she is a 4-time Scholar Athlete for her 4.0 GPA and she will receive the All State Academic Award for her 4.0 GPA senior year during the hockey season.

Zoe has also proven herself a top defender in soccer.

“Her confidence has grown each year, and she isn’t afraid to make attacking runs forward to either start our attack or to join her teammates in transitioning to our attack, even in a three-back system,” Simley Girls Soccer Coach Nora Austin said.

A two-year captain and varsity starter since 8th grade, Zoe is just as driven in the classroom as she is on the soccer field, according to Ms. Austin. She maintains a 4.0 GPA with a full schedule of rigorous classes and her three sports. She has earned All Conference and All Conference Honorable Mentions, she is a 5-year letter winner and 4-year Academic Award winner for her 4.0 GPA, and she is part of the All-State 2nd Team.

“She is a strong leader on and off the field and a great role model for the younger soccer girls in our program,” Ms. Austin said.

Zoe is a letter winner in track as well. Despite her junior year track season being canceled, she has made her mark on Simley history. She maintains the 7th fastest all-time 100 meter dash and 8th fastest 200 meter dash in school history, and she has broken the school record for the 4x100 meter relay twice. In the 4x100 meter relay, she has also been named Conference Champion twice, she has been Sections Champion and Runner-up, and she has been a state participant in the event twice, earning 8th place her freshman year and 6th place her sophomore year. There is more on the horizon for her senior year of track.

Zoe has earned a spot as a Top Simley Senior for the Class of 2021 as well. She plans to play soccer at Northern State University in South Dakota next year. Congratulations, Zoe!