For The Tribune

Abby Jewell has played two or more sports each of her four years at Crothersville High School, and her reason for doing that is simple.

“I liked all of them at the time,” she said.

She has narrowed her list to basketball and track and field the past two years.

Earlier in her days at Crothersville, Jewell played volleyball for two years and softball for one year.

Jewell said she has played basketball since elementary school but didn’t compete in track until her freshman year.

She was a three-year varsity starter in basketball.

“I play mostly in the post,” she said, mentioning she likes the high post at the free-throw line.

Jewell felt comfortable shooting jump shots from the free-throw line, and she enjoyed shooting 3-pointers.

She said she would rather face man defenses than a zone.

“It opens a lot more options up, not just for me but for my teammates as well,” she said.

Jewell’s high-point game this season was 18 against West Washington, and her career-high was 19 against Christian Academy her sophomore year.

She said she enjoyed the transition game, and when the Tigers were on defense she thinks the team had the most success matching up with opponents.

Jewell said she took a lot of pride in being one of the top rebounders on the team.

The Tigers had a winning season, and Jewell attributes that success to playing as a family and teamwork.

This spring, Jewell said she plans on throwing the shot put and discus again this spring.

“My favorite event would have to be shot,” she said and added that she uses both spin and glide approaches, depending on the footing of the shot put ring. “I want to break 30 feet this spring. Doing the whole process is the key. It takes good technique in both the shot and discus.”

Jewell said you have to take your practices seriously in both sports.

“If you let mistakes get in your head, it’s kind of like cancer; it spreads throughout the whole team,” she said. “If one person is down in their head, then if affects everybody else. You have to keep a good attitude.”

At a glance

Parents: Jeff and Janet Jewell

Siblings: Nathan, Jeff Jr., Jamie, Summer and Jessica

Sports: Basketball, four years; track, four years; volleyball, two years; softball, one year

Athletics honors: Nominated to play in North-South basketball game, all-county team, Hoosier Basketball Magazine honorable mention

Organizations: Student council, Science Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Plans after high school: Undecided

Favorite food: Chipotle

Favorite TV shows: “Two Broke Girls,” “Pretty Little Liars”

Favorite singer: Kevin Gaiter

Favorite movie: “Halloween”

Favorite team: Indiana University


Q: Have you enjoyed attending CHS?

A: “I love every bit of it. I like the people here; I like how everybody is close. I like the community. I’ll remember all my friends. I don’t feel like there is anything I won’t remember.”

Q: Do you have an advantage playing at home?

A: “I love the home games. There is a bigger crowd at the home games. I like a bigger crowd. I love home (track) meets. I don’t like bus rides.”

Q: What’s your favorite away gym?

A: “My favorite away gym would probably be West Washington. I like all the sunken gyms.”

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.