Sports Spotlight: Madison Jahner

The high school Class of 2016 is looking forward to starting college in the fall, and for some their athletic career will be moving up to the next level.

This week's Sports Spotlight shines on Madison Jahner, a multi-sport standout from Dickinson who will be missed by both the Titans and Midgets.

"Oh that was probably like my first year of T-Ball. I was probably like six," says Jahner.

For Jahner, playing sports runs in her blood, and it didn't matter if she was on the court or the field.

"I've always kind of had a ball in my hand, my parents played and all my aunts, uncles, everybody played sports in my family. So it just kind of came naturally," says Jahner.

"That's me and my dad who has coached me basketball, softball, everything in-between for how many years," says Jahner.

"Basketball I started really young, you know tee-ball all that kind of youth stuff. And then when I was about seven years old, softball came to Dickinson so I've been very fortunate to be playing softball since I was eight all the way up. And somewhere in between I started playing volleyball and just never stopped," says Jahner.

Her athleticism caught the attention of her coaches, especially during her final year in high school.

"She's strong, she's a gym rat, she's incredibly hard working, she's a great teammate. In basketball, she was a key player with an important role and willing to do anything to help the team have success. And in softball she really shined here at the end of the year, and it's been great to follow her," says Carter Fong, Trinity Girls Basketball Coach.

A year that led Jahner to be named the Gatorade North Dakota Softball Player of the Year, along with the West Region Senior Athlete of the Year.

"For me it's such a nitty-gritty sport. I mean you get dirty, it's, you know you play your heart out every play, and especially the defense I love. I love kind of being in control of the game as a pitcher. Having the ball in my hand every play and really controlling the game like that," says Jahner.

Although she's already graduated from Trinity, the softball playing won't stop.

"Post-graduation, I'm going to play softball at the University of Mary. I'm also going to get a degree in Radiology Technology. As far as the summer goes, I'll be playing softball summer and just kind of trying to relax a little bit," says Jahner.

Jahner was one of four seniors on the Titans basketball team and one of five on the Midgets softball squad.