FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR—Courtney Schwan, Bellarmine
One of the nation’s finest high school volleyball players, Courtney Schwan of Bellarmine Prep is one of 27 athletes competing for a position to represent the USA at the world championships this year in Thailand.
Only a junior but already committed to play collegiately at the University of Washington in 2014, Courtney has achieved at every level since she began playing club volleyball at the age of 9. She is being recognized tonight as the Tacoma Athletic Commission Female Athlete of the Year.
Her list of honors might require more pages than we have but here are a few: In December she was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington. She was 2012 4A State Player of the Year and MVP of the state tournament, leading the Lions to a record of 32-3 and the 4A state championship. The 6-2 junior was so dominant that several journalists referred to her as 6-4 Courtney Schwan. Her individual marks bordered “on the awesome” ---488 kills, 281 digs, 74 blocks and a hitting percentage of .454 and a kill percentage of .562. As a member of the Youth National Team in Iowa and Tijuana she earned a Bronze and a Gold Medal.
With a 3.45 GPA she also found time to play a season of fast pitch for Bellarmine and was an All-Area selection as a pitcher and first baseman. She was named to the Tacoma All-City team by the Tacoma Weekly and her sophomore season stats showed a 14-6 record on the mound with 124 strikeouts while batting .450 and recording 30 runs batted in.
An accomplished pianist, Schwan also donates her time as a youth volleyball instructor and has volunteered on behalf of the Fife Police Halloween Carnival and Fife City Santa Run. Even more remarkable, she has embraced a lifestyle unique to today’s teen-agers --- she doesn’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account. But, my, how she digs” volleyball!