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Lander's Hitshew awarded the 'high school Heisman'
Nov 13, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Lander Valley High School senior Jordan Hitshew was honored last week as the Wyoming state girls winner of the Wendy�s High School Heisman Award.
Daniel Davidson of Burlington was the boys state winner.
Hitshew is a member of the LVHS girls golf team.
�I think that it�s great to win the award,� Hitshew said. �I was very excited and pleased. I was one of many of applicants, so it was an honor to get it. I was really surprised.�
Hitshew is on the LVHS dance team.
�I�m on a dance academy in our town,� Hitshew said. �I�m at the studio there more than I�m at my own house.�
Hitshew carries a 4.0 grade point average.
�I know that I�m involved in a lot of things, and my grades are good,� Hitshew said.
�I understand that there are a lot of kids around the state that are just like me. It was a good honor to be pointed out among all those other applicants.�
Hitshew said it takes a lot of work keeping a straight-A report card at LVHS.
�It takes a lot of time management,� Hitshew said. �I just need to make sure that things get done.�
By the time she graduates in May from LVHS, Hitshew also expects to have 45 college credits earned through Central Wyoming College.
�It was a lot of hard work, but somehow I managed to do it,� Hitshew said.
The Wendy�s Heisman, now in its 19th year, is awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman.
Davidson was an all-state basketball player last year for the state runner-up Huskies. He also earned all-conference football honors last year as a junior.
Hitshew didn�t play high school golf her freshman fall season. She was a member of the diving team for LVHS coach Bruce Gresly.
Hitshew started in the spring season for four years. LVHS golf coach Terry Berg convinced Hitshew to turn her attention to the golf course.
�I just feel in love with golf,� Hitshew said. �I grew a lot thanks to coach Berg and all my other coaches. It has been a roller coaster for sure. Your swing changes all the time. You have your high moments and your low moments. It was a struggle at some point. Everybody helped me through it this year.�
Hitshew is a three-time all-state golfer. She finished third in September at the state tournament.
At the state golf tournament in Worland, Hitshew finished with rounds of 88 and 90 for a 178.
Worland�s Sarah Schroefel won the crown (81-87�168), and Sydney Gunn from Cody placed second (87-89�176).
�The state tournament was pretty close,� Hitshew said. �The two girls that beat me where young, but great competitors. The two girls ahead of me had a great day.
The winner played on her home course. She knew it well. It just down to that day. I�m proud of what I did. �
She was runner-up as a junior. She finished seventh as a sophomore.
Hitshew wants to continue to her golf career on the college level.
Hitshew has her eye on playing at Colorado Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo., or at the University of Wyoming.