Dec 25, 2014 8:32 PM by Ross Field
Elizabeth Osbourn first fell in love with basketball at the age of ten. Eight years later the Gridley High senior is one of the best players in the Northern Section. But she doesn't just excel on the court, Osbourn works just as hard in the classroom.
At the age of ten, Elizabeth Osbourn discovered a passion for basketball. Since that time she hasn't stopped playing. Even on Christmas morning Osbourn is in the gym putting in work and trying to get better.
Osbourn said: "I just love the sport, it's kind of my life. Any excuse to get into the gym I'm totally for it, whether it's practicing at the high school or with my AAU coach, it's a lot of time but it's fun, it's worth the effort."
Osbourn's hard work and dedication show. She's Gridley's leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points-per-game. She says most of her offensive success comes from attacking the basket.
Osbourn said, "I'm not afraid of the contact so I'm more like slasher, like to take it to the basket, draw the foul."
Osbourn applies that same kind of determination to her studies. She carries a 4.12 GPA while taking two AP courses. Academic success is just as important to her as basketball.
Osbourn said, "I think it's the competitive drive in me to be the best, to try and strive to be the best."
Osbourn's favorite subject is Science and that stretches across all fields, including chemistry, geology, and anatomy. But she really enjoys studying Animal Science, perhaps because she lives on what she calls a mini-petting zoo.
Osbourn said, "we have like five dogs, four cats, a horse, chickens, ducks, rabbits, we have everything. Mostly all the animals outside are mine and I take care of them. It teaches you a sense of responsibility, to carry on, how to work, I've always liked that."
Gridley High's Elizabeth Osbourn is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.
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