Shooting for glory

Medina defenders Liz Jones (34) and Jessie Holzman (23) attempt to block the shot of East Tech's Delesha Jackson during the second quarter. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

Medina defenders Liz Jones (34) and Jessie Holzman (23) attempt to block the shot of East Tech's Delesha Jackson during the second quarter. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

Rachel Hlad, Staff Writer

Medina’s two-sport star, Jessie Holzman, has won a series of awards and titles in both basketball and softball.

Starting around age 7, Holzman was raised playing softball and basketball. Since then – with help from family, coaches and players – she has practiced and pushed herself to make her name more noticed.

“I started playing basketball in second grade. I played in a rec league at the Rec Center then moved on to  play travel basketball (Hoopsters) from fourth to sixth grade. I’ve been playing for the school ever since.”

Being a junior, Holzman balances her time taking classes at the Career Center for Sports Medicine.

“I have not yet decided where I am going to play in college, but I do want to play either basketball or softball,” said Holzman.

Freshman year, she played on varsity for both basketball and softball. Knowing this, she will letter four times – in both sports – by the time she graduates next year.

Pushing her way to winning awards throughout her sports career, Holzman has put her name out there. Most recently, she has won MVP, all-conference and all-county for basketball while serving as team captain. Her skills rank her among the top 50 scorers in Medina Girl’s Basketball 40-year history.

Throughout her career in both basketball and softball, Holzman has had the chance to play with her older sister, Sami and her younger sister, Mandi.

“My dad has helped me through teaching me a lot of things, and playing pickup games with my sister Mandi and me. Mandi has helped me get a lot better too because she’s bigger and stronger than me so I have to work a lot harder. Also, my coaches along the way with AAU (travel team) and both middle school and high school have really pushed me to my full potential,” said Holzman.

Be sure to keep your eye on Holzman as she continues to push herself throughout next year’s basketball and softball season.