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Multi-sport athletes guided Huskies to playoff success in fall, winter seasons

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion senior Katie Ensign was named the school's female Athlete of the Year after garnering All-State honors in volleyball and basketball.Before the winter sports season was canceled on the eve of the quarterfinal tournament, both the North Marion's boys and girls basketball teams had championship aspirations.

While the results of that event will never be known, the two student athlete leaders who guided the Huskies to the brink of ultimate success — Katie Ensign and Sergio Jimenez — were recognized in May as North Marion's Al Barendse Memorial Award for female and male athletes of the year for the 2019-20 school year.

"I had the rare opportunity to coach someone for four years," said girls basketball and volleyball head coach Trevor Bodine of Ensign. "I had the rare opportunity to coach someone for four years. It was really fun to see her change over the years. I only got her in volleyball for one year, but even in that one year, she progressed throughout the year skill-wise."

Ensign was a freshman when Bodine took over the girls basketball program before the 2016-17 season, and he has seen her grow from a quiet player to an aggressive leader on the court as a senior.

"She wasn't very willing initially, but eventually she started to realize this was it. I'm done after this after high school. She really took it upon herself to take that role and be a lot more vocal in practice and games."

Ensign was named Tri-Valley Player of the Year in basketball and was a First Team All-State recipient. Three months prior, she was an All-State Honorable Mention in volleyball while finishing second in the league Player of the Year award.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion senior Sergio Jimenez received the Al Barendse Memorial Award for Male Athlete of the Year after earning All-State honors in both basketball and football.Jimenez was equally successful on the boys side, taking the lead role as quarterback for a football team that had arguably its most successful season in program history. Jimenez guided the Huskies to an undefeated conference record and first-round home playoff victory before falling at home in the state quarterfinals.

In basketball, he was the team leader for a Husky program that won a share of the Tri-Valley Conference and was the third seed in the 4A state quarterfinals before the season was canceled.

Jimenez was a First Team All-State recipient and league Player of the Year for the boys basketball team and was league Offensive Player of the Year for the football team, earning All-State Honorable Mention recognition as well.

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