Rylie Moss honored as 2021 Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Riley Moss accepting the Muscatine Community Y’s Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award from Health Promotion Services Director Mel Steckel.

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Though the Muscatine Community Y did not host the annual Senior Female Athlete banquet due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they continued their 45-year-long tradition of naming their Senior Female Athlete of the Year. On May 12, the Y honored Rylie Moss as their Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

Athletic from the start, Moss remembers starting her sporting career in youth soccer at the Muscatine Community Y at the age of five or six. For her four years at Muscatine High School, Rylie played volleyball, basketball, and softball. As a first year student, Rylie also competed in track and field.

Though Rylie distinguished herself in each of the sports she played, and will have earned 12 varsity letters by the end of the school year, she considers her greatest achievement helping her team go to the state tournament for the first time in seven years. “I think one of the best things was last summer when we went to the state tournament,” she shared. “It was a real boost both for the team and the town.”

Even so, Rylie has found that playing a variety of sports enjoyable and believes that the time she spent playing volleyball and basketball helped her learn to work well as part of a team. “I think it’s made me a much better person playing both of those sports,” she said.

Growing up, Rylie admired many of the older Muscatine athletes she saw playing at home games. In time, she saw many of these young women honored as Senior Female Athletes of the Year and aspired to play as well them. Now that she has received the Senior Female Athlete of the Year herself, she feels humbled to have joined the ranks of some of the other athletes she has looked up to the most. “It’s really special to me because I watched Emily Clemons and Leti Lerma play and receive the award and it really special for me to be represented with them.”

In the fall, Rylie will attend the University of Iowa to study speech and hearing science with the eventual goal of becoming a speech language pathologist. She will also play for the Hawkeyes softball team, a dream she has had for a long time. “I’m really excited to go there–I’ve been a Hawkeye fan all my life and my family are diehard fans, so I’m really excited to represent Iowa.”

As Rylie accepted her award and prepares to continue her athletic career in college, Muscatine High School Athletic and Activities Director Tom Ulses offered her his congratulations and well wishes for her future. “Rylie is an outstanding young lady who is an excellent role model for our students; her work ethic and competitive spirit have allowed her to be successful in the classroom, on the court and on the softball field,” he stated. “Rylie is the kind of teammate that helps her team perform at a higher level due to her desire to push herself and others.”