Mikaylah Williams becomes third amateur athlete to receive I-Bowl award

TRUE RADIANCE: Parkway star Mikaylah Williams has been named the 2022 Carl Mikovich Sportsperson of the Year by the Independence Bowl Foundation. (Photo courtesy of the Independence Bowl)

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Parkway High School girls’ basketball star Mikaylah Williams has been named the 2022 Carl Mikovich Sportsperson of the Year by the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, becoming the third amateur athlete from the Shreveport-Bossier City area to receive the honor.

Williams — the No. 1 high school girls’ basketball player in the nation according to AGSR, Prospects Nation, Jr. All-Star National Rankings and ESPN HoopGurlz – will be honored at the 46th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl on Friday, Dec. 23.

The reigning Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year joins golfers Sam Burns (2014) and Philip Barbaree, Jr. (2015) as recent amateur standouts from the area to be honored with this award.

Many of the greatest athletes and sports figures from Shreveport-Bossier have been honored with the award – including NFL players Dak Prescott (2019), Morris Claiborne (2013) and Arnaz Battle (2002); professional golfers Hal Sutton (1983), David Toms (1997) and Burns; sportscaster Tim Brando (1992); and MLB players Todd Walker (1998) and Scott Baker (2007). Joe Delaney was posthumously honored as the Carl Mikovich Sportsperson of the Year in 2021.

“Mikaylah is an incredibly special student-athlete,” said LSU women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey after the Parkway star signed her letter of intent to play for the Lady Tigers on Nov. 9. “Being from North Louisiana, Mikaylah chose to stay home and compete for championships as a Tiger. Her immense talent, combined with her unmatched work ethic sets her apart – making her the top player in the country.”

While being a Louisiana and national star, Williams has also enjoyed tremendous success on the international circuit as a three-time gold medalist with Team USA. On the summer circuit in Hungary, she was an integral part of Team USA winning the FIBS U17 World Cup and the FIBS 3×3 U18 World Cup (where Williams was named MVP).

Williams was named a finalist for the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Girls High School Player of the Year watchlist on Nov. 16. She was the only junior in the country to be named a finalist for the 2022 Naismith Player of the Year.

The 2022 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will be the 46th playing of Shreveport’s annual college football bowl game and will feature the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Houston Cougars.

Public tickets are on sale now and are $30 for endzone bench, $45 for sideline bench and $65 for a limited quantity of sideline chairback seats. There are also a bevy of other ticket packages available – including group tickets, Family 4-Packs, Small Business Fan Packs and the exclusive Chairman’s Club.

Visit RadianceTechnologiesIndepedenceBowl.com/tickets or call the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl office at 318-221-0712 or toll-free at 888-414-BOWL for information.