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Owens has become Monarchs’ royalty

Amelia Owens has made it to the WNBA.

The 1997 South Tahoe High graduate is spending her summer as an intern trainer with the Sacramento Monarchs.

She has spent hours taping, massaging and caring for some of the top professional hoopsters in the world and is loving every bit of it.

“It’s been really fun to be around all the girls,” Owens said. “It really has been great experience for me.”

But she just didn’t walk into Arco Arena and land a job. She has been involved with training and physical therapy since she was a prep basketball player for the Vikings.

During her senior year, Owens suffered from severe shin splints and went to see a doctor about them.

“My friend’s dad was an athletic trainer and showed me how to tape up my legs. It was pretty neat to see how my injury progressed,” she said. “Knowing what it’s like to be on the other side as an athlete really helps to understand what they’re going through.”

Owens’ interest in injuries blossomed so quickly that she not volunteered at Emerald Bay Therapy and wrote her senior project on injuries.

After graduation, she attended Santa Barbara Community College, where she worked with nearly all the sports and spent extensive time in the training room.

From there, her journey took her to Sacramento State, where she worked last year as the trainer for the gymnastics team before landing with the Monarchs.

Owens survived the interview process and became one of two interns for the summer.

Her work with the team has really impressed head trainer Jill Jackson, who gave Owens the opportunity to travel with the team during the playoffs when the team traveled to Salt Lake City to take on the Starzz.

“We’re really excited to have her on the road with us,” Jackson said. “It’ll give us another person to help out tapping and the such.”

Owens’ down-to-earth approach and personality really impressed team members as well. During the All-Star break, Monarchs’ Kara Wolters and Stacy Clinesmith were in the Tahoe area the same time Owens was visiting her family.

She introduced the players to her mother, who later sent the duo a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

“Those were some of the best cookies they’ve ever had,” Jackson said. “The players loved it.”

While working with the Monarchs has been like a dream for Owens; she is hoping for bigger and better things.

“Ideally, working with professional athletes is something I’d like to do,” she said. “But the odds are slim that I would get a job after graduation.

“I still need to get more experience. Next summer, I’ve volunteered for the Junior Olympics.”

Also, more schooling may be on the horizon for her. When she graduates from Sac. State next spring she has her eyes set on the East Coast.

“With my experience and all the hours I’ve got, I could work for a high school, but I’m looking to go to grad school, probably on the East Coast,” she said.

Whatever she decides next spring, she’s still hoping stay with the Monarchs on their run through the playoffs.

“I can’t wait to go on the road and watch them in the playoffs,” she said.

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