LeCompte grabs Athlete of the Year honor

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By Todd Martin

Shelby County High School softball/basketball star Haleigh LeCompte was in Florida for her sister’s wedding when she got the news that she had been picked as the VYPE Magazine/Republic Bank Louisville area Athlete of the Year.

“It was a really, really big surprise,” she said. “When my mom told me that I would miss the ceremony, I thought, ‘Oh well, I’m not going to win anyway. We’ll just go on to Florida like we planned.’ Then when they called and told me I won, I was really sad that I missed it.”

LeCompte was the leader on both the girls’ basketball and softball teams. She led the Lady Rockets in scoring, 12.3 points per game, and rebounds, 6.7 per game.

On the softball diamond, LeCompte was the Lady Rockets’ top pitcher and helped lead the team to the State Tournament.

To qualify for the Athlete of the Year award, LeCompte was one of 11 Athletes of the Month selected by the magazine.

“Athletes can be nominated by their peers, coaches and people in the community,” said Maria Raque, publisher of Louisville’s VYPE Magazine. “They have to be leaders in their sport, in the classroom and in the community. We take the nominations, and then we have a five-person committee who blindly looks at the nominees, and we pick one boy and one girl each month.”

LeCompte’s stellar on the field work was highlighted by her off-the-field work. She finished the year with a 4.6 weighted grade-point average, was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, volunteers with the Special Olympics and attends mission trips every year.

“I think all of that really helped with the Athlete of the Year award,” she said. “I think playing two sports and the work in academics helped a lot.”

Now, with high school behind her, LeCompte is focused on getting her career started at Transylvania University.

“I have a summer workout for softball and basketball to finish getting through, so I’ve stayed pretty busy,” she said. “Plus I’ve worked some camps for both sports, so I’ve gotten to meet a lot of the players I’ll be with next year.

“I was pretty nervous because I didn’t know anybody going to school there, at all, but I’ve met some of the incoming freshmen at softball camp, and I loved them. And I met some of the upperclassmen at basketball camp, and they were great. So I’m really excited now.”

LeCompte’s busy schedule won’t slow down either. Softball’s fall program begins one week after school starts on Sept. 8, and from there she’ll head directly into basketball season and then directly into the spring softball season.

“I’m a little worried about the classes because Transy is a much higher level of academics,” she said. “The sports, I’ve always done that, so I’m not that worried. I knew I couldn’t pick just one because I’d miss the other one, so we’ll play both and see how it goes. I’m really excited to get started.”