The Daily Union Female Spring Athlete of the Year for 2014 is a dual sport, multiple state champion, and an ace on her softball team.
Amanda McClain, a junior, of Findlay won the IHSA Class A State 400 meter dash championship (56.19) and was the anchor for the IHSA Class A State Champion 4x200 relay (1:43.17).
McClain earned a 3rd place medal in the Class A State long jump (17-10.25).
McClain helped lead Sullivan-Okaw Valley to a 3rd place team finish at the IHSA Class A State Track Meet (44 points), just one point less than 2nd place Tremont (45) and five points less than state champ Aurora Christian (49).
McClain earned her 3rd IHSA state 1st place medal. She has two 1st place 4x200 relay medals and her individual 400 meter dash championship medal. She has accumulated nine state medals in all, not counting team medals.
McClain has three runner-up medals, one in the 4x200 relay as a sophomore, and back-to-back state runner-up medals in the 400 (freshman, sophomore).
McClain also has a 3rd place state medal in the long jump (junior), and two 4th place long jump medals (freshman, sophomore).
She has helped SOV take 4th place as a team (2012) and 6th place (2013).
McClain is not only a track star, but is the ace on the Okaw Valley softball pitching staff.
This season, McClain finished with an 8-7 record with two saves, going against the stiffest competition of the Timberwolves, who finished 16-11.
McClain pitched 86 innings, gave up 38 earned runs with a 3.09 ERA. McClain struck out 126 batters (1.46 per inning) and walked 31, giving up 89 hits.
McClain was the leading hitter on the team, batting .526 with a .597 on base percentage.
She led the team with 15 stolen bases and was caught just once.
She led the team with three triples, hitting eight extra-base hits, including a home run. She had 30 hits and nine walks, scoring 22 times. She carried a .912 fielding percentage with five errors in 57 chances.