Ed. Note: This begins another summer of weekly feature stories on returning athletes from Tippecanoe High School. This series will run through the beginning of August.
If there is one thing that Isabelle Crow knows about during her athletic career at Tippecanoe High School, it’s winning.
The junior had enjoyed plenty of that during her volleyball and basketball career with the Red Devils, as she prepares to head into her senior year this fall, hoping to get the Red Devils atop the GWOC this season. Crow plans to use this summer to sharpen her game, and focus on being a strong leader for her team.
“Some of the things I'm working on to improve as a player are being smarter on the court and see things from a tactical standpoint to see ways to improve ourselves as a team,” she said. “To help better myself in the off season, I have been playing JO, club volleyball, for a club out of Columbus. Starting this summer I will also be doing a strengthening class at the high school.”
Crow also is a key member of the successful girls’ basketball program at Tippecanoe, and she looks back at how she first got started playing her two favorite sports.
“I started playing volleyball in 7th grade for school but did some camps when I was younger,” she said. “I started playing basketball in 2nd grade at church for upward and went on to play metro then school in 7th grade. My dad was a big influence on me to play basketball because he used to play in high school and was always a big sports fan.”
“One of the reasons I started volleyball was because it was a new sport, for the most part, and it was either that or cross country and volleyball was more fun.”
While she has become a talent in both sports, Crow has taken a liking to volleyball.
“My favorite sport of the two is volleyball because I enjoy it more,” Crow said. I played on varsity my sophomore year and learning how to handle that responsibility as a setter. Another highlight for this past season was definitely getting to be friends with seniors, Taylor Prall, Emily Shuk, and Olivia Raypole. They made my first year on varsity much easier than I expected.”
With those senior now graduated, Crow is focused on continuing the recent success of the volleyball program, and hopes it continues right into basketball.
“For this upcoming season, I am hoping that we can get back to where we were in the tournament for both basketball and volleyball and hopefully get even farther,” she said. “Individually I just want to be able to keep improving throughout the season.”
Crow earned some hardware last season, including GWOC American League second-team, all District second-team, most aces, most assists school, most assists GWOC, and most improved player. Her activities in school include Spanish club, Octagon, and Interact club.
“In these clubs I have done some service projects and I helped with Cosi On Wheels at Broadway for my chemistry teacher, Mr. Tremblay,” Crow said.
Crow plans to play volleyball in college, and would like to major in chemical engineering.