Will Kenny was recently named Iowa Central's 2013 Mike Algoe Award winner, an honor presented annually to the top male Triton athlete.
The Fort Dodge Senior High graduate has been a consistent performer for the Triton baseball program, which currently sports a 25-10 overall record and 10-6 ICCAC mark on the year.
"I honestly didn't even think about winning it, but I was really honored once (Iowa Central head coach Rick Pederson) told me," Kenny said. "I definitely feel I've made a lot of progress from last year with (pitching) coach (Justin) Meyer and coach P(ederson) working with me."
As a freshman, the southpaw hurler went 5-2 with a 3.75 ERA. Kenny allowed just 51 hits, while striking out 59 in 62 1/3 innings pitched. This season, Kenny is 6-2 with a 3.21 ERA in 42 innings of work as the staff ace. He has accepted an invitation to play in the Northwoods League for the Eau Claire Express. The Northwoods League is one of the nation's premier college summer leagues.
"I've watched Will for a long time and remember seeing him as a little kid that always had that explosiveness about him," said Pederson. "If you've followed Will's career, he just keeps getting better and better. Guys like him that throw so hard always take awhile to harness, but there's no question that his best baseball is still ahead of him. I see no reason why he will not have a chance to pitch professionally someday."
Off the diamond, Kenny has also been a member of Iowa Central's President's List for three straight semesters and was selected as a USA Today Academic All-American. He will continue his collegiate career at the University of Iowa.
"I'm just excited to go in and compete for a spot (at Iowa)," said Kenny. "Hopefully, I can win a starter spot, but I just want to have fun my last two years."
Prior to joining the Tritons, Kenny was a standout pitcher and three-year starter for the Dodgers. He compiled a 17-8 career record as a prep, and was best known for his near no-hitter in the state quarterfinal round against defending champion Cedar Rapids Kennedy at the end of his senior year.
"Will's done great things on the diamond, but that doesn't explain everything about him," Pederson said. "He's a straight A student, who is meticulous to details and has a work ethic as good as anyone. There's no question that our freshmen have followed his lead."