May 2, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - Jessica Ottmar, who captured Olympic League co-most valuable player honors while averaging better than 20 points per game last season has signed a national letter of intent to attend Washington State University next fall, new Cougar head coach Jenny Przekwas confirmed this week.
"We are very fortunate to have signed a player of Jessica's abilities at this late date, Przekwas said. "She is a very good athlete and has a tremendous amount of potential."
Ottmar and fellow Cougar recruit Kelley Berglund from Port Angeles (signed in the fall) were named the most valuable players in the Olympic League. Ottmar averaged 20.3 points and eight rebounds in leading her club to a 13-9 finish. At the end of the season she was named one of the Bremerton Sun's Fab Five players after leading the Cougars in both scoring and rebounding.
The newest Cougar recruit, whose father Steve Ottmar graduated from WSU in 1975, earned three varsity letters each in basketball and fast pitch softball, where she played first base. She also was captain of coach Denise Baxter's hoop club during her junior and senior seasons.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Denise Baxter at Central Kitsap High, where she earned three varsity letters...also three letters in softball as a first baseman...basketball captain as a junior and senior...as a SOPHOMORE received All-Olympic League honorable mention honors in basketball...JUNIOR year named team's MVP winner...club went 15-7...led the team in scoring and rebounding and was a second team all-league pick...all-star pick at the Surf and Slam Tournament in San Diego...during SENIOR year averaged 20.3 points and eight rebounds to earn team MVP honors...named co-most valuable player in the Olympic League, along with WSU recruit Kelley Berglund...named one of the Bremerton Sun's Fab Five players...received all-star honors at a tournament in Colorado...team finished 13-9. PERSONAL: Jessica Michele Ottmar...born 6-15-81 at Bremerton, Wash...parents Steve and Peggy Ottmar...one younger brother Jared...her father Steve is a 1975 WSU graduate...an uncle Paul Morgen played football at Nevada...enjoys playing fast pitch softball and jet skiing...a WIAA Scholar-Athlete winner and received academic achievement awards each of her four high school years...interested in a pre-dental degree from WSU. PRZEKWAS QUOTE: "We are very fortunate to have signed a player of Jessica's abilities at this late date. She is a very good athlete and has a tremendous amount of potential."