Two-time Skyline Conference volleyball Player of the Year.
Two-time Skyline Conference basketball Player of the Year.
Two-time first-team All-State in volleyball.
Two-time first-team All-State in basketball.
There also is that almost perfect grade point average, and Mike Keck Memorial Scholarship.
Meet Jessica Northcutt, the Herald and News 2019 female Athlete of the Year.
“It means a lot,” Northcutt says of all her honors. “It has a lot to do with the team in general, and how we play the game. It’s also the relationships with the other teams. Playing with a purpose.”
With so many laudatory achievements to her credit, it almost is easy to forget that she has been a key part of a Henley softball team which has not lost a league game in several seasons.
A first-team, all-league first baseman, she helped the Hornets to a second place finish in the state tournament this season.
“Going from different spots, it’s exciting to take team and see it play with its full potential,” Northcutt says. “We know we have a target on our back, so what we’ve done makes it all the more rewarding.”
While her Henley basketball team was her favorite, her No. 1 sport is volleyball, and she intends to play volleyball at Northwest Christian University, which means she still will have games in Klamath Falls.
“I just like the game more,” Northcutt says of volleyball. “It’s the different skills with every player.
“I loved my senior year of basketball. That team was not the most athletically gifted, but the nicest girls I have been around. We had the right mindset.”
Her experiences at Henley have been to take advantage of every game, she says, to play the best of each player’s abilities, get to the playoffs and see how far the Hornets could go.
Deep runs into volleyball, basketball and softball playoff have been common.
What does Northcutt take from those experiences.
“Definitely the people,” she says. “It’s the relationships and the lessons they have taught me. Things like perseverance, getting through tough times, team work, hard work and the time management to be a good student-athlete to be able to play sports.
“The lessons and knowledge of hard work pays off.”
Northcutt plans to major in pre-medicine with the long-term goal of becoming a nurse.
Her backup — teaching.
“I look at the opportunities I have and the people who have helped me get to this position,” she says.
She already has started to give back.
Her senior project was a Special Olympics basketball tournament, and Northcutt appreciates the help she received from other students as well as the Olympians she was able to work with.
“It was an appreciation for what I do have and not taking sports for granted, and the atmosphere I have been around.”