Former Bobcat Thimesch a finalist for national honor

Former Marshalltown Bobcat and Drury Panther Nick Thimesch was named the Midwest Region’s scholar athlete of the year by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association, according to Drury’s athletic website. And that honor makes him a finalist for the organization’s national honor.

Thimesch recently graduated from Drury with a 3.71 grade point average and earned his degree in biology and chemistry.

Thimesch, who set new Drury baseball school records this past season with a .464 batting average, 104 hits and 33 steals, was one of 16 regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and possess outstanding athletic credentials.

The former MHS standout also reached base safely in all of Drury’s 57 games as an outfielder this past spring.

Thimesch, who is currently attending medical school at A.T. Still University, ended his Panther career as the school’s all-time leader with a .377 batting average, 314 hits, 198 runs and 77 stolen bases. He was a four-year standout at Drury and helped the Panthers post their best season in school history in 2014 when they finished 44-13 and won the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship.

The Panthers also lost in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional title game to eventual national champion Southern Indiana.

The CCA’s national award winners will be announced in September.