Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

May 10, 2014

Rowan's Faith Conn joins family at KCU

MOREHEAD — The Conns and Kentucky Christian University go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Taylor, a volleyball standout at Rowan County, plays volleyball and basketball for the Lady Knights. Lisa, their mother, teaches at the university. Faith completes the trifecta as she signed to play basketball for the Lady Knights at a ceremony on Thursday afternoon at the high school.

“I love basketball and just the love of the game makes you want to play it all the way through,” Faith Conn said. “To be able to get this opportunity and play again is great.”

Conn, a two-time All-Area basketball selection, averaged 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the 13-15 Lady Vikings this past season.

Now she will reunite with her sister on the court next season, calling it a “dream come true.”

“We’re taking it from playing outside to high school and now college,” Conn said. “It’s going to be a great experience for both of us.”

Her former coach, Rowan County athletic director Jen Williams, could not be happier for Faith.

“Any time a kid gets an opportunity to go play in college it’s a great experience,” Williams said. “She has the heart and desire to and worked hard to get a chance to keep playing. I’ll be excited to watch her play and I truly feel her best basketball is ahead of her.”

The Lady Knights are coming off another impressive season, going 19-11 in the 2013-14 campaign and taking a third place finish in the NCCAA Division II National Tournament.

KCU loses four seniors from that squad, including leading scorer Tanya Bowens, Monica Stevens, Sharonda Jones and Jessica Marshall. Those four scored 90 percent of their points and grabbed 85 percent of minutes this past season.

With so much lost due to graduation, KCU coach Ron Arnett is happy that Faith decided to join KCU, a plan he had in the works for three years.

“She had a lot of options and visits but it finally boiled down to us,” Arnett said. “I think she made the right decision and she’ll be a great addition to our team and to campus and (it’ll be) a positive experience for her.”

“I’ve competed against some of their players (in high school),” Conn said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to step right in and compete for playing time.”

Conn is the seventh player in the 2014-15 KCU recruiting class. She joins Alivia Bierley (Mason County), Jessica Rice (Anderson County), Katie Redding (Portsmouth, Ohio), Katie Fuller (Proctorville, Ohio), Miranda Davis (Garrard County) and Shae Sparks (Bath County).

The biggest adjustment Conn will have to make? Having her mother as a teacher at KCU.

“It will be weird but fun,” Conn said.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0724putnamwebshot.JPG Laying the foundation Workers are finishing the foundation for the locker room on the home side of Putnam Stadium on Tuesday. The Ashland Tomcats open the football season on Aug. 22 against Newport Catholic.

    July 23, 2014

  • Genuine throwback

    Todd Eastham is disproving the old cliche, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”

    July 23, 2014

  • MARK MAYNARD: Looking for those who inspire

    Inspirtation, they say, comes from within. It is defined as an inspiring or animating action or influence.

    July 22, 2014

  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos