Can #3 be # 4 and #1 at the same time? No, this is not one of those number riddles and the answer is a history making yes. For the first time in Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame history, Xabrianna Jackson has been named as female Athlete of the Year.
She, along with classmate Devontae Mozee, Ty Simonelli and Bethany Leach from Quitman and Davis Tolar and Mary Catherine Hay of Weston High School, will be recognized at the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame (JPSHOF) annual induction ceremonies that will be held on October 1st at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
Selected by members from the athletic department and administration of Jonesboro-Hodge High School, Jackson’s legacy of athletic acheivement on the basketball court and in track and field will be one that will not soon be forgotten.
“There has been several great girl athletes that have come through our program over the years,” said JHHS Athletic Director Terrance Blankenship. “Almost all of them established their legacy through one or two years of outstanding performance. Xabrianna has been great since the first day she stepped on campus.”
The granddaughter of JPSHOF member and legendary JHHS and Chatham High coach, Jo Ann Jackson, also established a new school record of being named district MVP for three straight years. Jackson tied another school record by being named first team All-District for four straight years as well as setting a new mark for most career steals. She also is one of a few players in both the boys and girls basketball program to have scored over 1,500 points in her career.
Perhaps her greatest legacy on the court was how well she performed when the games counted the most. This is verified by her leading the Lady Tigers to an undefeated district championship in each of her last three years. Over her four years JHHS compiled a 24-3 record in district play.
A perfect example is the way Jackson ended her senior season. Heading into district play the Lady Tigers were languishing with a less than stellar 5-12 record. Over the final nine games of the regular season, including six district 1-2A contests, Jackson led JHHS to a 8-1 record.
Jackson also excelled in track and field where during her career she won district championships in the triple jump, long jump and high jump while also running legs for district winning relay race teams. As a junior she finished 3rd in the Class 2A state meet in the triple jump.
Exemplifying what it means to be a true student athlete, Jackson was a member of the BETA Club and graduated with a composite 3.7 grade point average. She will attend the University of Louisiana in Lafayette where she plans to major in Social Work.
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