Monroe High School senior Tiffany Ohlsen has been named Player of the Year by the Snohomish County Women’s Basketball Officials Association. The award is given to the player who is respectful, cooperative with officials, has a great attitude towards players and stresses the importance of sportsmanship throughout the season.
“I feel extremely honored,” said Ohlsen. “My sister earned this award two years ago; it feels great to follow in her footsteps and get that positive recognition.”
Ohlsen’s sister, Suzanna, now plays for Seattle Pacific University.
“We both had different goals for our basketball careers,” Ohlsen continued. “She wanted to play in college, and I have played for the love of the game.”
Older brother, Tim Ohlsen, who will graduate this year from the University of Pittsburgh, also played basketball for Monroe.
Playing for pure enjoyment of the game may be the reason Ohlsen was selected.
“I try to keep a positive attitude, no matter what,” she said.
The Monroe players have needed to stay positive. They have had four coaches in the past four years, each one with different game philosophies. This year’s coach, Matt Chalfant, was named Snohomish County Women’s Basketball Officials Association Coach of the Year.
“This year was definitely a learning experience for all of us,” said Ohlsen. “We were at a slight disadvantage because it was like we were starting from scratch. But I don’t think there was anyone who didn’t enjoy the year. [Chalfant] brought a real positive aspect to the athletic program and made the year fun.”
“Tiffany is well-deserving of this award,” said Chalfant. “She came to practice every day with a workmanlike attitude and to every game with a smile. No matter what results we got, she always gave her best effort.”
Ohlsen has played with a number of the same first-string players on the team since the fifth grade.
“It’s nice because we all know each other’s tendencies, where everybody will be on the court, almost like we can read each other’s minds,” she said. “We play a lot looser when we are all on the court.”
She has played select basketball until this year. She also ran cross country and was captain of the cross country team for two years.
“I love sports,” she said. “It’s made me a stronger person.”