Jamie Boone was tired of watching from the sidelines.
Her last three season were marred by injuries. Her freshman year, the side bar of a soccer goal was dropped on her foot, causing her to miss a few games.
Her sophomore season was lost to an anterior cruciate ligament tear. Then she missed half of her junior year with a torn meniscus in the same knee.
Now, the Belton senior is healthy and back to doing what she does best —wrecking havoc on the soccer field.
“My main goal after being hurt was being able to make it through the season healthy,” Boone said. “To have a successful week after having to sit on the sidelines for so many years it felt good just to put a couple goals in the back of the net.”
A couple of goals is actually 14. And the week of Feb. 2 — Feb. 8 was her best yet.
The senior forward scored four goals and had two assists as the Lady Tigers defeated Harker Heights and Waco Midway.
For that effort, she was voted the KDHpressbox.com player of the week, garnering 1,346 votes.
“She is playing center mid for us and making runs up top that are so dynamic that teams can not shut her down,” Belton coach Wendy Knight said.
“It is fantastic to have someone that holds the ball when it needs to be done, distribute and her ability to see the field is something I have not seen in a long time.”
Boone found out she was nominated after her mother received an email, while the family was watching the Super Bowl.
The next day, Belton principal Kathy Cook sent out an email to the teachers at the school.
From there, the voting exploded.
“My principal sent out an email to all my teachers and they just showed so much support,” Boone said. “I had people who never talked to me and my mom told my extended — my family is not all in Belton and it was nice for them to get involved and help me be nominated.”
Ojai Black finished second in the voting. But, his 1,129 votes were the second highest total this year.
The senior guard averaged 17 points as the Eagles defeated Copperas Cove and Killeen as to clinch their 19th straight playoff appearance.
Others receiving votes were Shoemaker guard Shane Johnson, who averaged 16.5 points per game as the Grey Wolves defeated Belton and Waco Midway and Ellison senior guard Kenesha Saygo, who averaged 20.5 points as Ellison defeated Copperas Cove and Killeen.