For her sports and all Indiana girls sports, Jackie Young is No. 1.
Not only did Princeton Community’s 18-year-old senior become the first Southwestern Indiana girl to win the Miss Basketball honor, she was also named the state’s Overall Female Athlete of the Year in Thursday night’s banquet presented by The Indianapolis Star in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Kyle Guy of Lawrence Central was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, the nation’s oldest high school athletic award that originated in 1939.
“I can’t really put into words what this means. Never did I imagine I’d leave here with two awards,” Young said after posing for pictures, including some while wearing the No. 1 jersey that she’ll wear in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games June 11 in Indianapolis and June 12 in Louisville, Kentucky.
She was considered the favorite for Miss Basketball from among Lebanon’s Kristen Spolyar, Indianapolis Roncalli’s Lindsey Corsaro, and Tyasha Harris of 3A State Champion Heritage Christian.
“Winning Miss Basketball surprised me,” said the Notre Dame recruit, who in recent weeks was named the nation’s Naismith Trophy winner and the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year winner.
“I was nervous all night. Definitely, I had butterflies in my stomach. When they announced Miss Basketball, it was a relief.”
The Overall Female Athlete of the Year competition included the winners of all girls athletes of the year who were announced earlier.
They were all asked to stand, and then the Princeton resident was announced as the winner.
“An amazing feeling. I never imagined I’d get that award,” Young said.
“There are so many great athletes in Indiana in all these sports.”
Seeing his protege named Miss Basketball rekindled memories for Lady Tigers Coach Charlie Mair, who 28 years ago won a fight for life.
“I feel very fortunate and very blessed to have overcome a hemmorhageic stroke,” Mair said.
“To coach the first Southern Indiana girl to win Miss Basketball is a great feeling. Jackie earned this award through all of the hard work that she has put in.”
Young was also surrounded by family at Thursday evening’s banquet and awards ceremony.
“It’s crazy to win both awards,” said brother Terrence Young, a substitute on the Princeton boys 2009 unbeaten state champions.
“She has worked so hard her whole life for this.”
Sophomore sister Kiare Young, who started alongside Miss Basketball at guard during the recently ended 27-1 season that included a 53-game win streak over two years, calls her older sister “my role model.”
“Seeing Jackie get this award means a lot. She has put so much hard work into it.”
Mom Linda Young reflected that “This means everything to me. Jackie has worked for this her whole life. I never thought she’d get the overall athlete of the year award — that was shock.”
Gibson among finalists
Princeton senior Shawn Gibson was among three finalists for the Male Bowler of the Year award, won by Jakob Sisk of McCutcheon.
Jeffery Mann of Harrison was the other finalist.
“Just being in the finals is a great honor. I feel pretty good,” said Gibson, who will turn 19 Aug. 11 and may continue his bowling career at Vincennes University, where he will major in auto mechanics.
Gibson became a finalist by averaging 226 a series in the Tigers’ first bowling season. That was fourth-best in the state. His 538 high series was also Indiana’s fourth-best. He rolled a 299 game in regular season, became sectional champion and finished 19th in the state tournament with a 546 score.
The son was accompanied to Thursday’s banquet by parents Jon and Anita Gibson, older brother Alex and freshman brother Nick.
He also earned two letters in football as a defensive back and is en route to a fourth baseball letter as the team’s starting centerfielder.
Corsaro, who recently was released from the national letter of intent she signed with the University of Kentucky, but said she is still considering that school, was named Indiana’s Comeback Player of the Year. She overcame an anterior cruciate ligament tear suffered in January 2015.
Brebeuf Jesuit soccer player Lauren Turner received the Courage Award.
Carmel girls swimmers, after winning a 30th straight state championship, were named the Team of the Year.
Evansville Mater Dei soccer girl Kristin East was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Eric Moore of 4A state football champion Center Grove, was named Coach of the Year, while Michigan-bound quarterback Brandon Peters of Avon was named Mr. Football in the banquet emceed by former Miss Basketball and current Indiana Fever Head Coach Stephanie White.