Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
The selection of our Preps Utah Rocky Mountain Power male and female athletes of the year is always a tricky exercise. In naming one athlete to the honor, we are always leaving behind five and sometimes more athletes that were seriously deserving of recognition.
This year’s female athlete of the year selection process was perhaps the most difficult yet. Our top finalists included an athlete from a 1A school that was a high achiever in four different sports and a number of highly successful 5A and 4A athletes with high honors in two different sports.
Our primary criteria in selecting our athletes of the year include that it be a multi-sport athlete with high achievement in more than one sport. Beyond that, we look at individual level of play and team success.
This year, we were comparing an exceptional athlete in Panguitch four-sport star Darri Frandsen, with all of those state championships and a ton of individual accolades earned at a school competing in the 1A classification, with a two-sport all-stater at a 4A school, who was the most dominant player in the state at one of her sports, leading her team to a state title, and playing a huge role in her second sport on a team that reached the 4A state title match.
We were also looking at Riley Lyman of Enterprise, a three-sport sensation in her own right; the Haddock twins, Lyndie and Lacy, who led Timpview to a state volleyball title and a strong basketball season; 5A softball MVP and volleyball star at Lehi Sydney White and Bountiful two-sport star Kennedy Redding.
In the end, we leaned towards dominance and in doing so, we have selected Sky View superstar Lindsey Jensen as the Rocky Mountain Power female athlete of the year. Jensen is a very good volleyball player, and if she had decided that was her No. 1 sport, she most likely would have dominated.
As it is, Jensen earned all-state recognition in volleyball on a Bobcat team that reached its third consecutive state championship match and finished 25-6. Once volleyball season was over the real fun began for Jensen. No one in the state, at any level, was as overwhelmingly dominant in her sport as Jensen was on the basketball court.
With opponents gearing game plans aimed at stopping her, Jensen drew energy from the challenge and in the biggest moments, in the biggest games, she got even better. That dominance is impossible to ignore. Lindsey Jensen was absolutely unstoppable and she led the Sky View girls basketball team to a 25-0 season and a 4A state basketball championship.
Jensen was named Ms. Basketball by The Deseret News and girls basketball MVP by The Salt Lake Tribune. The 25-0 record is impressive enough, but there are a lot of other numbers that jump off the screen.
Jensen finished her senior campaign with 23.4 points per game, as well as six rebounds, two assists and four steals per contest. She could take the ball to the rim, but she also hit more than 2.5 3-pointers a night.
The bottom line on Jensen is that she is a complete player, who will now be taking her talents to Logan, and Utah State University will love having her. While she has dominating offensive numbers, Jensen is a complete player. She is an aggressive on-ball defender and team defender and it is those skills she used quite often during the Bobcats’ state championship run.
A hard-fought opening round win over Springville in the state tournament came courtesy a 32-point night from Jensen, and the senior was just getting started. It took until the game’s final seconds for Murray, as a team, to equal the offensive output of Jensen individually in the quarterfinal round. Jensen finished with 25 points and eight rebounds while sitting out most of the final quarter in a 70-27 victory.
She went for 22 and 9 in a 20-point win over Mountain View in the semifinals, and then dropped 23 on Skyline in the 43-32 state championship win. For the season, Jensen’s best output came on Jan. 27 against Ogden, when she finished with 42 points and 10 boards, and she scored 30 or more points five times.
Lindsey Jensen is a unique talent, and accomplishing all that she did in both of her chosen sports while playing at the highest competitive levels in the state, was too much for us to ignore as we have named Jensen the Rocky Mountain Power female athlete of the year for the 2014-2015 high school sports year.