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2018-19 Athlete of the Year

Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year Runner-up: Jessie Thompson

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Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year Runner-up: Jessie Thompson

Jessie Thompson led Bret Harte's golf team to a 16-0 record.

Jessie Thompson had a busy senior year. In the fall, she was the golf MVP of the Valley Foothill League North. In the winter, she was a key player off the Bret Harte girls’ basketball bench. And in the spring, Thompson gave track and field a shot.

Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year Runner-up: Jessie Thompson

Jessie Thompson goes for a loose ball against Calaveras.

On the links, Thompson helped lead Bret Harte to a perfect 16-0 league record and a co-league championship. On the basketball court, Thompson had no problem going after rebounds and getting tough points in the paint. And for the first time in her high school career, Thompson threw shot put and discus. She recorded a personal record in the shot put during the Mother Lode League finals, measuring 25 feet, 11.5 inches. In the discus, her personal best was 86 feet, 11.5 inches. Thompson took second at the league finals and qualified for sections in the discus.

Bret Harte Female Athlete of the Year Runner-up: Jessie Thompson

Jessie Thompson throws the shot put in Sutter Creek.

While Thompson was a three-sport athlete, golf was her most dominant sport.

“After all of Jessie’s hard work, constant practice and motivation for the four years she played on the girls’ golf team, I was very happy for her and what she achieved this season,” Bret Harte head coach Diane Winsby said. “She was determined to improve, wanted to score points for her team and worked extremely hard in her senior year to achieve personal goals. Her hard work paid off as she outscored all the other young ladies and was awarded the MVP. This was the perfect ending to a perfect season for her.”

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