A DECORATED CAREER

Harvey ‘truly honored’ by five straight years of postseason awards

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla

Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge leaps to make a catch at Rogers Park in a regional semifinal.

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Maggie Harvey of Fort Dodge leaps to make a catch at Rogers Park in a regional semifinal.

Maggie Harvey has never taken the recognition for granted — even as an outgoing senior who played in her last high school game this past week.

The Fort Dodge standout was recently named a unanimous all-conference and all-district softball player for the fifth time in her career. It’s a rare feat to say the least, and Harvey made sure the accolades didn’t get lost in the shuffle.

”I am truly honored,” the Minnesota State University recruit said. ”It really means a lot to me. In our conference and our district especially, I feel incredibly fortunate to make the first team.

”I can’t thank the coaches from the other schools enough. To see my name next to players like (Urbandale’s) Skyler (Shellmyer) and (Johnston’s) Brooke (Wilmes) is amazing and something I appreciate very much. Not many players get a chance to see (varsity action) for five years. I’ve been blessed.”

Harvey, a four-time all-stater at both St. Edmond and FDSH, hit nearly .400 this season with six home runs, 37 RBI, 20 steals and 37 runs scored. In their bid for a third straight state tournament appearance, the Dodgers bowed out in a Class 5A regional final at No. 2 West Des Moines Valley last Tuesday.

”I’m still struggling with it,” said Harvey, the 2017 Florence Nordman Award winner as the top female senior athlete at FDSH. ”I see everything on social media about teams coming to Fort Dodge for state, and it’s hard to accept that it’s over. I’d say I’ve been pretty heartbroken.

”It hurts, but I can’t dwell on it and have to build from it. I’m really going to miss Coach (Andi) Adams, the rest of the coaches and my teammates here. Spending time with them is what it’s been all about. I know seniors always say this, but time really does fly by.”

Harvey is looking forward to a fresh start in Mankato with legendary Mavericks head coach Lori Meyer. Minnesota State is a two-time Div. II national champion with seven conference titles and 13 NCAA national trips to its credit during Meyer’s 32-year tenure.

”It will definitely be a challenge academically, socially and softball-wise,” said Harvey, also a basketball and track letterwinner this past season. ”But I’m excited and ready for it. When I get there, I’m not an all-anything anymore. None of us are. We’re all starting from scratch. I have to make a name for myself through my work ethic and determination.

”It’s like being an eighth grader again. I’ll have to prove myself and earn my role (with the MSU program).”

TIMEOUT WITH MAGGIE HARVEY

Vacation destination: Spirit Lake.

People I would like to have dinner with: my grandpa and my dad.

It would surprise people that I: have a lot of exotic pets.

My sports role model: Paige Lowary.

My everyday role model: my mom.

I can’t go a day without: a nap.

Nickname: Maggs.

Superstition: getting my hair done by Bre Tjebben before games.

Most heated rivalry: Waukee.

Favorite road trip: Ames.

What are you listening to right now? ‘Don’t Blink’ by Kenny Chesney.

Favorites…

Team: Minnesota Vikings.

Class: Iowa Central Comp.

Movie: Moana.

Book: The Cat in the Hat.

Phone App: Instagram.

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