Multi-sport athlete recalls Tiger award, teammate bonding

Name: Courtneè Scifres

Age: 26

Hometown: Crothersville

Residence: Crothersville

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Occupation: Co-owner/sales and graphic designer for Legacy Monuments LLC

Family: Husband, Steven Scifres

High school and graduating year: Crothersville High School, 2008

Sports: Varsity basketball, four years; varsity cheerleading, four years; track and field, four years; varsity softball, one year

Athletics accomplishments: In basketball: Assist award, 2004-05; free throw award, 2005-06; top five in season 3-pointers made (32), 2006-07; single-game 3-point record (6), 2006-07; tied for most season wins (17), 2007-08. In track and field: Most valuable runner award, 2004-05; 1,600-meter relay record holder, 2007. In cheerleading: Paula Jo Sweeney Award, 2007-08. Overall awards: Tiger Award, 2008; outstanding senior female athlete award, 2008.

College: Indiana University Southeast

Major: Bachelor’s degree in graphic design

Who or what got you into sports?

“I started playing basketball in elementary. Having the opportunity to be involved in sports at such a young age allowed me to find my passion for athletics early on. I loved competing, so once I got into middle school and high school, I wanted to get more involved in other programs, as well.”

What are your favorite memories of high school sports?

“I have too many to list, but the bonds I made with my teammates is a favorite, for sure. Being a cheerleader and cheering for my high school sweetheart, who is now my husband, while he played basketball for Crothersville High School is a favorite memory. Also, the never-ending support my family gave throughout my athletic career is an awesome memory. My parents never, literally never, missed a game or meet. My grandparents were always there to support me, too. My family has always supported me in everything I have been a part of.”

What was your biggest accomplishment and why?

“The Tiger Award I received as a senior. The Tiger Award goes to a male and female senior each year who had participated in the most athletic programs throughout their high school career. It was a huge accomplishment. Hours upon hours of dedication, hard work and just a true passion for athletic competition are what pushed me to achieve the award.”

How did sports affect your life?

“Being involved in sports teaches a person so many things. Sports definitely taught me tenaciousness and to never give up on my goals. I’ve always been a driven person. But athletics really taught me how to focus and channel my abilities on and off the court. Sports taught me to move forward and improve even when I wanted to quit.”

Do you have any advice for kids about getting involved in sports?

“I definitely encourage today’s youth to get involved in a sport. Being involved in sports will teach you so many things about yourself and others, open doors of opportunity and leave you with memories and friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime.”

Do you have any hobbies?

“Other than being a full-time wife, I love spending time with my family and friends and going to the gym with my husband, Steven.”

Do you have any favorite sports teams?

“As much as I love playing sports, I don’t watch a lot of professional teams. However, I do love to return to Crothersville High School to watch athletic events and see the up-and-coming talent.”