Kiera Baughman has won the LNP Lancaster County sports Hall of fame female athlete of the year award for 2019-20.
The local newspaper votes on the best male and female athletes in the Lancaster Lebanon League each year.
Baughman has been a dominate basketball and field hockey player for Donegal over the past 4 years.
She finished out her career on the Donegal’s girls basketball team with 23.7 points per game average, second-best in the Lancaster-Lebanon League this year. She also won a spot on the Section Four all-star team, an all-defensive team nod, and section MVP honors.
She is Donegal’s all-time basketball leading scorer.
Interview in 2019:
Baughman leaves the Donegal athletic programs with a pair of state-championship field hockey gold medals, and several basketball records in tow, including the most points scored in program history.
After producing all-state seasons in field hockey last fall, and in basketball this past winter, Baughman, ticketed to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to continue her hoops career,
Baughman’s accomplishments and raw statistical numbers are jaw-dropping.
She helped Donegal win PIAA Class 2A state field hockey championships in her freshman and junior seasons. The four-year starter was a jack-of-all-trades contributor, playing anywhere from forward to midfielder to defense for the Indians. In her senior season last fall, Baughman piled up a team-high 17 goals and dished off four assists, as the Indians went 15-8 and returned to the PIAA playoffs.
Her basketball season this past winter was nothing short of sensational. Baughman, an electric combo guard who can run an offense from the point and create her own shots and score at will, averaged a lights-out 23.7 points a game with 23 3-pointers.
Baughman had six 30-point games and she shot 80% from the foul line, and she took home a bushel of awards, including Section Four MVP honors, Section Four all-star, all-defensive and all-academic nods, and Baughman was voted Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 5A second-team all-state.
She finished her hoops career with a staggering 1,777 points, most in program history, and top 20 in L-L League history.
Baughman was rewarded handsomely for her field hockey efforts last fall: She was a first-team L-L League Section Two all-star selection, and the Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association tabbed Baughman second-team all-state and she earned PHSFHCA All-Academic honors.
Baughman was fearless in the classroom as well. Donegal’s student council vice president in her senior year, she compiled a 3.9 GPA and was a finalist for the L-L League’s prestigious A. Landis Brackbill Award.
Baughman will major in health and physical education and minor in coaching at IUP, in hopes of one day becoming — like father like daughter — a head coach, where she would no doubt be the first person in and the last person out of the facility, flipping the lights off behind her.