By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY —
Whether it was on the soccer field or the basketball court, opposing players and coaches could count on one thing when they faced New Albany’s Tanner Marcum the past four seasons — she was going to be a major factor.
As a senior last school year, Marcum made huge contributions for the Bulldogs’ girls’ soccer and girls’ basketball teams. That perseverance enabled the 5-foot-8 student-athlete to earn the first-ever News and Tribune Girls’ Athlete of the Year honor for the 2012-13 academic year.
A voting panel that consisted of area media members, coaches, athletic directors and high school sports fans selected Marcum from a field of 13 candidates. The requirements to be a candidate for the honor were the area female student-athlete had to play at least two sports and earn a spot on at least one News and Tribune All-Area team.
“It’s awesome. It’s a huge honor,” Marcum said about receiving the accolade last week in a phone interview. “I’m thankful to the people who voted for me.”
Marcum was one of the leaders in the Bulldog girls’ soccer team’s march to its first sectional championship in program history last October. Last season, she led New Albany in scoring and was the Bulldogs’ top defensive player to help them compile a 11-5-2 record, earning her a spot on the News and Tribune All-Area first team.
Marcum was a crucial factor in the Class 2A Floyd Central Sectional. She connected on the final penalty kick of the shootout in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 win over the archrival Highlanders in the sectional semifinal. Marcum volunteered to take the final pressure-packed PK with the shootout tied at four after then New Albany girls’ soccer Julie Deuser asked her players who wanted to take the shot.
In the sectional final, Marcum made the lone goal of the game and helped the New Albany defense record a shutout in the Bulldogs’ 1-0 victory over Jasper.
New Albany girls’ basketball coach Tammy Geron says the experience Marcum has gained as a multisport athlete throughout her high school career molded her into an effective leader.
“Anytime you have a multisport athlete, they know how to deal with adversity,” Geron said. “She handles her teammates well and she handles her coaches well. Being a multisport athlete, she brings the little things to the table to be successful.
“She had a big impact at New Albany on the basketball court and the soccer field. For her to be named the female Athlete of the Year, it’s well-deserved.”
Even though she did not lead the New Albany girls’ basketball team to a winning record and a sectional championship in 2012-13, Marcum had a season on the court that etched her name throughout the Bulldogs’ record book.
Marcum averaged 22 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.7 steals per game for the 9-12 Bulldogs. In Hoosier Hills Conference contests, the senior guard scored 33.4 points a contest. Those statistics enabled Marcum to collect her second consecutive News and Tribune/Sonya Wahl Memorial Area Player of the Year honor. She also earned a spot on the all-HHC team and an honorable-mention selection on The Associated Press All-State team.
Marcum concluded her New Albany career ranked second in all-time steals (318) and free-throw percentage (78 percent) and third in career scoring (1,216 points) and career assists (336). She also was fourth in program history in field-goal percentage (53 percent) and 3-point field-goal percentage.
“It was a good season,” Marcum said. “I will remember my teammates forever.”
Marcum said playing soccer in the fall helped her stay in shape for basketball season in the winter and vice versa. During her prep career once she got done with basketball, Marcum immediately concentrated on playing club soccer.
“It was a continuous cycle,” Marcum said. “Soccer definitely helped me keep in shape for basketball. It helped me with my footwork and quickness for basketball.”
Marcum has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next season at the University of Southern Indiana. Marcum recently traveled to the NCAA Division II college in Evansville to participate in two weeks of strength and conditioning sessions with her new teammates.
“The workouts were more intense than they were in high school. I’ll have to get used to it,” Marcum said.
Geron is confident that Marcum will have a great career with the Screaming Eagles.
“She’s going to be successful wherever she is,” Geron said. “She’s easy to coach and easy to play with, and she’ll do whatever it takes to win.”
MARCUM’S 2012-13 SEASON IN SPORTS
• New Albany’s leading scorer and top defender
• News and Tribune All-Area first team
• Part of Bulldogs’ first-ever sectional championship team
• News and Tribune/Sonya Wahl Memorial Area Player of the Year for the second season in a row
• All-Hoosier Hills Conference team
• The Associated Press All-State honorable mention
• Team-high 22 points per game, 5.4 assists per contest, 3.7 steals per game
• 33.4 scoring average in seven HHC contests
• Second in program history in career steals (318) and free-throw percentage (78 percent)
• Third in team history in all-time scoring (1,216 points) and career assists (336)
• Fourth in program history in field-goal percentage (53 percent) and 3-point field-goal percentage
• University of Southern Indiana national letter-of-intent signee
GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR VOTING
1. Tanner Marcum, New Albany 1,384 (41)
2. Leah Mattingly, Providence 960 (17)
3. Phoebe Bauer, New Albany 842 (11)
4. Ashley Johnson, New Wash 816 (4)
5. Sadie Spears, Henryville 602 (7)
6. Alyssa Moore, Floyd Central 504
7. Caroline Ricks, New Wash 478
8. Meredith Endris, Providence 464 (1)
9. Jacquie Hornung, Providence 316
10. Madison Kaiser, Floyd Central 203
11. Ali Sparkman, Clarksville 184 (3)
12. Taylor Hines, Jeffersonville 174
13. Emily Hollis, Henryville 166 (1)
14. Sydney Ledwedge, Silver Creek EC
15. Carson Casey, Borden EP