The Dumoulin farm along Walker Road west of Hampshire tends to be a place filled with activity.
Pat and Mike Dumoulin’s families, with 17 children between them, live in houses connected with a party room that has a 60-by-60-foot basketball court. Their sister’s family, with three children, lives next door.
So there is always something to do, and always someone to do it with.
That’s a significant reason the Dumoulin name has become synonymous with athletic teams at Hampshire. And it’s a major factor in Jenny Dumoulin becoming the talented, versatile performer she was for the Whip-Purs.
Dumoulin played volleyball, basketball and competed in track and field. She scored 27 on her ACT and finished No. 7 in Hampshire’s senior class. Dumoulin also received 27 points in voting to become the 2013 Northwest Herald Female Athlete of the Year, edging Marengo’s Katie Adams by one point.
The Northwest Herald staff votes each year for the most outstanding senior student-athletes, and Crystal Lake Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Rochell will donate $2,500 from the Rochell Foundation to Hampshire’s athletic programs in Dumoulin’s name.
Dumoulin did not hesitate when asked how she became so well-rounded.
“It definitely comes from the family,” she said. “I have all my sisters and cousins who are ready to help me. The parents, my uncle and aunt, my grandparents. They all put in time to help us out and will do anything for us. There’s always someone to say, ‘Hey, can you watch my shot here and make sure I’m doing this right?’ ”
Dumoulin joins her oldest sister Cassie, who was the 2010 Northwest Herald Female Athlete of the Year. Jenny also will follow her three older sisters to Elgin Community College for women’s basketball.
Cassie now plays at Illinois, Alex will play at Northern Illinois and Michelle will be a sophomore at ECC.
Dumoulin says she liked the sports she competed in equally. She was one of the Whips’ best volleyball players and led the basketball team in scoring at 12.6 a game, earning Northwest Herald All-Area honorable mention.
“She did a lot for us,” said Ed Haugens, the former Hampshire girls basketball coach who resigned after the season. “She’s extremely deserving for the level she’s competed at. What I’m even more proud of is she’s one of those kids who shows you don’t have to be a single-sport athlete. You can do other sports, too, and still be excellent at what you do.”
Dumoulin set the Fox Valley Conference Track and Field Meet shot put record at 40 feet, 4 inches and finished ninth in the Class 2A shot put at the IHSA state meet. She also qualified in the 4x100-meter relay and 4x200 relay.
“She’s always a consistent part for us,” Whips track coach Patti Nihells said. “You could always count on her. She developed so much in a year. Those were always sure team points from her in the shot. She could run the 100, 200 and 400 – I could have used her in the 4x800 if I needed to.”
Dumoulin showed her natural ability by taking up shot put halfway through her junior year and getting a state medal a year later.
“She’s farm-strong and a very hard worker,” Nihells said. “A very dedicated and committed athlete. She’s one of those that whatever she takes on, she works on perfecting and doesn’t like to settle for anything less than being perfect. She’s a great role model for others.”
Dumoulin credited Nihells and assistant coach Chris Materlez for her throwing prowess.
Between her studies and athletics, Dumoulin was always busy, just as she prefers it.
“I have to do homework late some nights, it keeps you busy all the time,” she said. “It keeps you out of trouble. The biggest thing is my family is always there to support me and help me out. As well as my teachers, they’re all phenomenal. As well as the coaches who all put hard work and effort into making us our best and showing us good work ethic.”