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Indian River High in Springdale presented its Athlete of the Year awards recently. The winners of the Senior Athletes of the Year were Jessica Jacobs, female, and Tyler Fleming, male.
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SPRINGDALE, NL — Despite being named the best athletes in their school, Tyler Fleming and Jessica Jacobs were humbled to have that honour bestowed upon them.
Both the Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Senior Female Athlete of the Year said Indian River High in Springdale is filled with worthy athletes for such an honour.
Fleming was a star athlete who competed in indoor and outdoor soccer, ball hockey, softball, basketball and volleyball. He considered semi-final appearances in boys provincial softball and indoor soccer to be the highlights of his season.
“It means a lot because there were a lot of other worthy nominees here at the school,” he said. “It means a lot to be recognized by my teachers.”
Fleming said sports are a big part of his life.
Jacobs was equally as humbled in talking about the award. She competed in cross-country running, indoor and outdoor soccer, volleyball, softball, table tennis, badminton, basketball, track and field and ball hockey. She considered a semi-final berth as the host of the outdoor soccer provincials, a team silver at the cross-country running provincials, a team silver at the track and field provincials to be the highlights of her season.
“It was sort of a surprise,” she said of being named Athlete of the Year. “There are a few of us athletes that are the same age and we play a lot of sports, it is a big part of our lives. To be recognized as the top one was really special.”
Jacobs said sports are something her and her friends look forward to doing every day.