Falcon junior excels on both ends of the floor
Sometimes having four older brothers can be a blessing in disguise, just ask Forest Lake Christian guard Olympia Jacobs. Rarely a day went by without one her brothers tapping her on the shoulder to say, “Let’s go, you and me one-one, on the court,” or family and friends gathering around the hoop to play a game of “horse”.
The truth is that Jacobs has been playing sports, nearly every sport in fact, since she could remember. And the scary part – she does them all well, but it just so happens that basketball was the sport to capture her full attention.
Maybe it’s the way she feels when she slashes her way to the basket or perhaps it’s the way she likes to sing and dance during practice – to the amusement of her teammates – or how they yell out her nickname “O” with joy, or just maybe, it’s the fact that her team makes short work of nearly every opponent it has faced in the past two years.
Whatever the reason, Jacobs can’t stop gushing about how much fun she has playing basketball, and by watching her for 30 seconds its easy to see that it’s no exaggeration how much she enjoys life on the hardwood.
Prior to the season, coach Steve Kellar had this to say about Jacobs, “This is going to be the year Olympia Jacobs emerges as a superstar in Northern California. We have always known that she is that skilled, but she’s just going to show everybody that she’s as good as they come. She’s the fastest girl that I’ve seen in this area.”
And how has she lived up to his prediction?
According to Jacobs, she’ll modestly say things are going well and that she is still improving. Kellar, however, is quick to confirm that Jacobs is doing exactly what he expected out of her: blowing by defenders, creating shots for her teammates and guarding the opposing team’s most talented guard or forward – and, more often than not, shutting her down.
Just ask Sacramento Waldorf’s star player, Jake Kelly about her night against Jacobs. Kelly, the Central Valley Christian League’s leader in points, was held to a 6-of-24 shooting night.
Jacobs is averaging 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game.
It makes sense, however, that Jacobs identifies shutting down an opposing player as her favorite part of basketball. Forget the fastbreaks, the layups or the fancy dimes to a teammate, Jacobs admits, “I just love shutting down another player and stopping her from scoring. It makes the game feel so much more intense.”
Athletics have always been part of her life growing up as she watched her older brothers, three who went to Nevada Union high school, compete in track or football, with her oldest brother going to college on a track scholarship.
“My brothers are the ones that keep me going,” Jacobs said. “Everything I do they want me to do my best, not just in basketball, but in school as well. My brothers are always there for me.”
While she hasn’t followed exactly in her brothers’ footsteps by running track, Kellar is convinced that if she was able to run track as well as play basketball that she could be the state champion in the quarter mile. He knows, however that her sights are set on basketball and her efforts will someday be rewarded with a scholarship.
But first things first, Jacobs is busy chasing a chance to win multiple state championships. And long as she’s doing what she loves – she may as well continue to fit in some quality time singing to Kelly Clarkson’s songs or making Kellar and Co. smile at her animated personality.
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New season. New co-head coaches. Same expectations.