Amy Gamble

Amy  Gamble

Amy Gamble is one of the Ohio Valleys greatest female athletes of all time. Gamble excelled in three sports basketball, track, and womens handball.


She became Marshall Countys first Olympian when she competed with the U.S. Womens Handball Team in the 1988 Games held in Seoul, Korea. Earlier, the U.S. Women were crowned as champions of the Pan American Games.


Gamble was selected as the West Virginia Womens Basketball Player of the Year in 1982 after leading John Marshall to the state Class AAA championship. She averaged 23 points and 18 rebounds on a 22-1 record team which avenged its only loss by defeating Elkins in the state finals. Captain of the All-State Team, Gamble was a two-time Class AAA first-team honoree. She was chosen All-OVAC and All-Valley three straight years.


She was the first JMHS girls; basketball performer to score more than 1,000 points and the initial Monarch athlete to have her jersey retired. She scored 1,498 career points. Gamble was ranked as the No. 4 girlsbasketball player in the country her senior season when was named to the Parade, Street & Smith, and USA Today All-American teams.


Recruited by Tennessee, she played as a backup on the 1983 Lady Vols squad that finished as the NCAA tournament runners-up, losing to the Cheryl Miller-led Southern Cal powerhouse. She left Tennessee at the end of that season and transferred to West Virginia University but played just one season before deciding to try team handball.


After her appearance in the Olympics, Gamble returned to basketball and enrolled at the University of Arizona. Despite having just one season of eligibility remaining, Gamble was the teams leading scorer and earned Pacific-10 Conference player of the week laurels.


Her high school track career was also brilliant, as Gamble set numerous invitational meet and OVAC records in the shot put and the discus. She established all-time OVAC standards in both events and was a West Virginia state champion in both events. She was a three-time All-Valley honoree.

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