Janelle Thompson

Janelle Thompson, Hall of Fame Athlete

Janelle Thompson, Hall of Fame Athlete

Janelle Thompson attended Santa Barbara High School and was a standout in softball and basketball from 1985-89.

In the 1986-87 season, Thompson was named to the First Team All-Channel League and Second Team All-CIF. She also made the Bird Cage Classic and Tournament of Champions all-tournament teams and was named an All-State Sophomore of the Year. In her junior season (1987-88) Thompson was named to the Street & Smith All- American Team and one of the Best in the West in Dick Vitale’s Preview magazine. She was a First-Team selection in both CIF and Channel League and an All-State Second Team selection. After her toughest athletic moment, tearing her ACL in her junior year, Thompson bounced back in 1988-89 with a Pre-Season Street & Smith All-American and MVP honors at the Bird Cage Classic. Thompson was also an All-CIF and All-Channel League performer in softball from 1985-88.

Her proudest athletic achievements came as a Don with the 1987 CIF 4-A Quarterfinal win over Lynwood High School, called the “Top Upset of the Year” and in 1988 beating Buena High School twice to win the Channel League Championship.

Thompson attended the University of Arizona, playing women’s basketball from1989-94 and earned a BA in political science and an MA in language, reading and culture. She also earned a second MA in sports management from the University of San Francisco in 2011. In 1994 Thompson was named her team’s MVP and earned All-Pac-10 Academic second-team honors. She remains #20 on Arizona’s all-time scoring list.
Thompson competed professionally from 1995-99 playing for Maccabi in Tel Aviv, ALMG in Lyon, France, Nyon Providentia Basket in Switzerland and Klaipeda Basket in Lithuania.

Thompson lives in Fullerton, Calif., and has been a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff for 10 years. She is a basketball referee and has officiated the Los Angeles City Section (2002-present), City and State Playoffs (2003-present) and City Finals Championship Game (2010-11). She was on the security detail for the 2008 women’s Olympic basketball team.