Though the voting for the 2009 award is roughly three months away, it appears to be a two-horse race. Jaime Printy of Linn-Mar and Amanda Zimmerman of Ballard are the frontrunners.
Printy (5-11 guard), a University of Iowa signee, is coming off a first-team all-state season in which she averaged 17.8 points per game. She led the Lions to the Class 4A semifinals at the state tournament. Printy won’t have mammoth career numbers (she just scored her 1,000th career point). An ACL tear that robbed her of her sophomore year is one reason; unselfishness is another.
Like Printy, Zimmerman (6-2 post) committed to college early, picking Iowa State as a freshman. Her teams have been a fixture at state the last three years, but the Bombers are still awaiting their first 3A title. She averaged 18.7 points per game last year. Zimmerman began her schooling at Alburnett before moving westward … could you imagine the impact she’d have made in the Tri-Rivers Conference?
Other contenders include Amber Kirschbaum of Spirit Lake, Jalyssa Ceasar of Sioux City North and Trisha Nesbitt, a UI signee from Ames.