Soroco Female Athlete of the Year: Josie Rossi |

Soroco Female Athlete of the Year: Josie Rossi

Joel Reichenberger

Although she was sixth on the team in scoring, Soroco senior Josie Rossi led the team with 75 blocks — more than the rest of the Rams combined — along with collecting 52 steals.
Joel Reichenberger

Soroco's Josie Rossi, right, was a formidable presence on the volleyball court, leading the Rams in kills and aces while controlling the net in matches. Joel Reichenberger

It was a surprising kind of season for the Soroco High School girls basketball team, and a quick look at the stat sheet seems to show why. The Rams charged to a 14-6 record, and it got the bulk of its scoring from a pair of underclassmen, freshman Briana Peterson scoring 9.1 points per game and sophomore Jessica Rossi leading the team with 9.6 points.

Senior Josie Rossi was farther down the offensive stat sheet, but she was one of the key cogs for the Rams just the same. For what she did away from the action in three sports as much as anything, Josie Rossi stood out as the Soroco Female Athlete of the Year.

"She was our Defensive Player of the Year," Soroco girls basketball coach David Bruner said. "She was a huge factor. If I need us to stop someone, if we needed a rebound or a blocked shot, Josie was able to do that. It didn't matter who the other team's best player was. If we needed them stopped, she would try to do it."

Rossi was actually sixth on the team with 3.6 points per game, but her defensive stats were dominating. With 75, she had nearly four times as many blocked shots as the rest of her teammates, more than the rest of the Rams combined. She was second on the team in rebounding, averaging 7.8 per game, and also nabbed 52 steals.

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Rossi was a three-sport athlete all four years at Soroco, also shining on the volleyball court and in track and field. Yet again this season, she qualified for the Class 2A state championship track meet, this time in three events, marking the fourth year she made the trip to Lakewood.

She led the volleyball team in kills and aces, dominating the net in key matches.

No doubt Rossi made an impression in her first three years. She was even better in her fourth, on the court and off it.

"I have three daughters," Bruner said. "If they grow up to be as successful as Josie has been in high school, I'll be very proud. She was very successful on and off the court and was a great role model for young kids."