After a tremendous junior basketball season at Stanford, Missoula Big Sky graduate Joslyn Tinkle has been honored with this year's Little Sullivan Award.
Track star Patrick Casey of Laurel was honored with the men's award. The annual Little Sullivan award is given each year to one native Montana athlete based on athletic excellence as well as leadership and character.
Tinkle just finished her junior season at Stanford where she helped her basketball team advance all the way to the Final Four before they lost to the eventual national champion Baylor.
She played in all 37 games this season while averaging over 8 points and 5 rebounds per contest. Tinkle led the team in both 3-point shooting and in free throw percentage.
Joslyn says the award is a huge accomplishment in her book. It is also one that she can also share with her mother Lisa who won the award playing for the Lady Griz in the 1980's.
"It's a huge honor and I'm very lucky to be a part of it and to share it with a lot of other great athletes from Montana," said Tinkle. "And it's actually kind of funny I get to share it with my Mom. To be able to be up there with her means a lot and I know she was super excited about it. This is up there with every other achievement or award that I have received and it means a lot. Nothing goes unrecognized or unappreciated for and I'm extremely proud of where I come from."