Adena Sports Medicine Names its Athletes of the Year

Adena Sports Medicine has announced its 2016-2017 Male and Female Athlete of the Year scholarship recipients. This year’s winners are Carlee Dempsey of Oak Hill High School and Jacob Cruse of Eastern High School.

Adena Female Athlete of the Year, Carlee Dempsey, finished her high school athletic and academic career with an impressive list of accomplishments. She earned eight varsity letters, competing in volleyball and basketball. Dempsey also received SOC-II 1st team and District Honorable mention. She was named Times-Journal and the Telegram "Player of the Week" multiple times and was selected as a representative to participate in the OHSAA Foundation Leadership Conference. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Dempsey was very committed to her academics and career goals. Graduating with a 4.0 GPA, she was the Senior Class President and was elected by her peers to be President for four straight years. She was also  elected by her peers to be National Honor Society Vice President, Science Club President and she was a member of the Student Council. Dempsey is also very active in FFA and has held the position of Chaplain.

As Adena’s Male Athlete of the Year, Jacob Cruse completed his high school athletic and academic career with numerous achievements. Cruse earned varsity letters in football, while also competing as a powerlifter. Cruse was named first team all conference; first team all district and special mention all Ohio following the Eagles’ football season. He also won first place in several powerlifting tournaments, including the Bill McClain Invitational and is the 2017, 210 lbs Boys State Champion. Not only a leader on the field and in the gym, he excels in the community and academically as well. Cruse graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was ranked first in his class. As Vice President of his class, he was a member of the National Honor Society and has impressively never missed a day of school in all four years of his high school career. He was also nominated Senior Patrol Leader of his Boy Scout chapter.

As Adena’s Athletes of the Year, Dempsey and Cruse will each receive a $3,000 scholarship. In addition, a donation of $500 will be made in their names to each of their respective school’s athletic departments. The Adena Sports Medicine Athlete of the Year Scholarship is funded by the Adena Health Foundation.

Congratulations to Carlee and Jacob, and to all of the 2016-2017 Adena Athletes of the Month. For more information about the Athlete of the Month program, visit

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