Top award starts in throwing circle

Simple spread of white chalk. Some prefer rosin on his or her hands.

Deep breath. Focus.

All that surrounds the thrower is a crowd. Some bystanders. Others have nervous energy.

Shuffle. Shuffle. Throw.

The weighted ball temporarily defies gravity through the power of the body transferred to the hand forcing the metallic object forward.

The power Isabelle Kline exerted. The timing couldn’t be better.

Final throw. Surpass 46 feet and the Division III girls state shot put title would be hers.

It went 46-3, best throw in all divisions.

Almost a Disney-like ending for the Newton Falls senior.

Track and field is her ticket to the University of Cincinnati in a form of a scholarship, but it doesn’t even begin to describe this year’s Tribune Chronicle Female Athlete of the Year.

Volleyball. Devastating hitter.

Basketball. Strong inside presence.

That’s what you see. You don’t get the artistic side, musical ability or how an aux cord to help produce tunes and some friends can make some good memories driving down a Newton Falls road.

Versatility. That’s Izzy Kline.

Discus. Improving 31 feet in one year and placing fourth.

High jump. Only four weeks of doing the event and taking ninth in the state.

Sound familiar. It should.

The 2016-17 Tribune Chronicle Female Athlete of the Year also was in track and field, basketball and volleyball and numerous other activities.

Lauren Jones.

The former Garfield standout was the three-time Division II discus before heading south.

Oklahoma. Jones would become a Sooner.

She left a legacy at Garfield, one would be hard pressed to repeat. Don’t try this at home kids, unless you have the undying passion and willpower of Jones. Didn’t think so.

Golf. Softball. Flag line. She left the G-Men Athletic venue with more varsity letters than most dare to dream.

Jones’ vision lied in the throwing circle.

She was a long jumper, high jumper, shot putter. All but the high jump went to state her senior year.

The Garfield standout knew what it was to stand atop the podium inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, where state track and field legends flourish.

She wanted more as a Sooner.

That’s what she got.

Her father, Bruce, recently emailed me some of her best performances as she’s dedicated to throwing circle. Great to see her progress.

She’s went 174-8 in the discus — improving more than 13 feet since high school.

Jones threw the shot put 48-8, better than 6 feet over her best at Garfield.

The hammer. It went 181-6.

Not bad for a freshman year, being a Big 12 top performer in the discus and hammer.

Kline is preparing for her freshman season at Cincinnati.

The thread that binds the last two Trumbull County Female Athletes of the Year is versatility, one that starts in the throwing circle.

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