Despite missing most of the softball season because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Daniel Boone senior was the easy choice for the Times News Female Athlete of the Year for 2019-20.
After all, Jenkins was the Big 7 Conference player of the year in volleyball and the league’s co-player of the year in basketball, and she was named TSWA all-state.
Jenkins collected the awards thanks in part to great numbers. She finished with 1,232 career digs while leading the Lady Trailblazers into the TSSAA Class AAA volleyball tournament. She was a first-team all-conference selection both her junior and senior seasons and made the Region 1-AAA tournament team.
Jenkins averaged 20.3 points per game in basketball. On the softball diamond, she had a .453 batting average over her first three seasons.
Her softball coach pointed to her attitude as something that separates her from the pack.
“Jaycie is one of those young ladies who is a blessing to be around,” Jeremy Jenkins said. “She does everything really well in all of her sports. She played shortstop for us from her freshman year on, and she’s as good of a defensive shortstop as I’ve coached. She has a great arm, great range, and at the plate, she really came into her own the last half of last season.”
She hit 11 home runs her junior year, including five over a two-week stretch. Overall, she had 33 extra-base hits and 60 RBIs and was named the District 1-AAA tournament MVP.
“She had great freshman and sophomore years, but last year, her power really came about,” her coach added. “She’s just a tremendous talent in the field and at the plate. She’s going to be sorely missed in softball and our community as well.”
Softball was the only sport in which Jaycie Jenkins didn’t reach the state tournament. Boone lost 3-2 in the 2019 Region 1-AAA semifinals to eventual state champion Jefferson County.
She got a measure of revenge on the basketball court when she scored 44 points in Boone’s three-overtime win over Jefferson County in the Region 1-AAA semifinals.
As a sophomore, she was part of the 2018 basketball team that lost to Bradley Central in the state quarterfinals. As a senior, she averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.4 steals per game to earn a spot on the Times News All-Northeast Tennessee team.
Jenkins leaves a legacy as one of the school’s most decorated female athletes, following both her mother, Tonya Bailey Jenkins, and sister, Jaclyn, both of whom went on to star on the diamond for Milligan.