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Female Athlete of the Week
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New York Mills School
New York Mills Volleyball

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Lydia Irons (NYM Volleyball)

By Kyle Gylsen - New York Mills

The Female Athlete of the Week is Lydia Irons of the New York Mills volleyball team.

Irons recorded the 2,000th set assist of her high school career on Saturday, Septeber 26.  The milestone came while the Eagles were playing Brandon-Evansville during the Parkers Prairie tournament.

On her second set of the morning, teammate Marcie Peeters recorded a kill, with Irons getting the assist.

Irons has been the New York Mills set assist record holder ever since she broke the old mark of 1,016 set by Lexie Rankka, who graduated in 2013.  Lydia has been setting since her freshman season in the fall of 2012.

“As a player she hustles and works hard every minute and is a serious player,” said Eagles’ head coach Angie Paavola.  “She can be hard on herself and just wants the best from herself and from her teammates.

“She is a good teammate, very supportive and encouraging. She’s excellent role model on the game court, on the practice court and in the classroom.  She was recently chosen as homecoming queen and she has a 3.9 GPA.

Irons also serves as Paavola’s peer tutor.

“Every day she comes to my 4th grade classroom and helps my class with math,” Paavola explained.  “She dives right in and helps them, teaches them and has already made connections with them.  They are so excited to see her everyday and they have enjoyed celebrating all the volleyball things with her.”

In hopes of getting to know her a little better, we asked Lydia to fill out of AOTW questionnaire…

Nickname:  Lid, Liddi, Ironman

Family:  Parents- Marty and Trudy; Siblings- Jolie, Audrey and Henry

Favorite Sport:  Softball

Best Personal Sports Moment:  Getting my 2,000th set assist and going to state in softball

Favorite TV Show:  Storage Wars

Favorite Musical Artist (all time):  Luke Bryan

Favorite Song (this week):  Hotline Bling (Drake)

Favorite Song (all time):  Love You Like That (Canaan Smith)

Favorite Subject in school:  Any math class

Least Favorite Subject:  English

Favorite Food:  Gardettos

Favorite Activities/Hobbies:  Hunting, sports

Plans after high school:  Attend either U of M-Morris or UND for Physical Therapy

Congratulations to Lydia Irons of New York Mills, the Female Athlete of the Week.

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