Myah Sprew was named softball All-KCAC Player of the Year for her efforts to help lead the Lady Braves to a 30-22 season. To many, the honor wasn’t a surprising feat. Sprew’s grandfather, Marvin Wilson ’60, was a standout athlete during his time at Ottawa University, dominating in almost all track events and still holding the school long jump record with a jump of 24’4 set in 1958. And like her grandfather, Sprew, who played both basketball and softball, was a diverse athlete during her time as a Brave.
Sprew ended her senior season as the program’s first four-time First Team All-KCAC selection. She led the team in batting average with 60 hits in 148 bats for a .408 average. She had eight doubles, three triples, four homeruns, scored 42 runs, tallied 43 RBI, has a slugging percentage of .581, an on-base percentage of .457, and is 29-for-32 in stolen base attempts. She is ranked 18th in the NAIA in total steal attempts, 19th in total stolen bases, 30th in steal attempts per game, and 32nd in stolen bases per game.
“We didn’t miss many of the games,” says Wilson. “We were all a part of it.” Wilson, who was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990, says watching his granddaughter improve season after season was a true joy. “I was always encouraging her to do better and improve,” he says. In softball, Sprew, who is from Topeka, was a three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest selection. But she originally came to Ottawa on a basketball scholarship. “It was not a random choice at all,” says Wilson. “She obviously knows I’m a big supporter of Ottawa. She came on a basketball scholarship, but I call her an uncut diamond in softball.”
Wilson says he enjoyed watching Sprew progress not just athletically, but in other ways, as well. “It has been a great experience for her. Ottawa has helped mature and develop her a lot,” he says.
Sprew’s time as a Lady Brave is over, but she still has a few more courses to take at Ottawa before she graduates, and Wilson says he’s confident the lessons his granddaughter learned at OU will help her post-college.
“Ottawa just helps you become a better person,” he says. “That’s what I think Ottawa University is about – helping students become better people so they can make a difference.”
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