Name: Leah Young
Current residence: Seymour
Occupation: Microbiology lab technician at Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals
Family: Daughter, Maleigh Grace; mother and stepfather, Kim and Jon Sage; father, Doug Young; sister, Ashley Saldana; brother, Caleb Robinson
High school: Medora, 2005
Sports: Basketball, four years; volleyball, three years; track and field, one year
Athletic accomplishments: In basketball, career points leader (1,132), team captain, best statistical award, free-throw percentage award, among top 20 scorers and rebounders in state
College: Lincoln Trail College (attended school and played basketball for one semester)
What drew you to sports?
“When I got to the age to play sports, fifth grade, I knew I wanted to try everything. I played volleyball and was a cheerleader. The next year, I played volleyball and picked up basketball. I developed a passion from then on.”
What is your favorite memory of high school sports?
“So many memories come to mind, but my favorite is winning the first-round sectional game at Orleans my junior year. It was a tie game and just a few seconds left. I got fouled and had a one-and-one. Most nerve-racking shot of my life, but I made it. We won. The first sectional game Medora girls had ever won.”
What was your biggest accomplishment?
“My biggest accomplishment was making the 1,000-point club. I was the first girl in Medora ever to make it.”
What did you like about playing college basketball?
“I only played a semester, but it was such an experience. Definitely learned a lot of responsibility living on my own for the first time. And as much as I thought I knew about basketball, I learned so much more in college.”
Are you still involved in sports today?
“I’m not currently involved in sports. I helped coach sixth-grade volleyball at Scottsburg in 2012.”
How did sports affect your life?
“In high school, my life and my family’s life revolved around sports. I’m so thankful for all the support I had taking me to and from practices and camps. I made the best of friends with every one of my teammates. We were always a tight-knit group. We were together all the time, even outside of sports. It definitely helped me try to do better academically.”
What would you say to encourage kids to get involved in sports?
“Enjoy it. It really is the best times of your life and memories that will last forever. And hard work does pay off.”
Do you have any hobbies?
“My new main hobby is taking care of my 5-month-old. She keeps me on my toes.”
Do you have a favorite sports team?
“Indiana Pacers, of course.”
Do you have a favorite athlete?
“Larry Bird, even though he was before my time. That’s why I loved playing at Springs Valley High School.”
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