- COMEB ACK AT HL E T E WINTER 2014
KENDRA HAIRSTON, ALBEMARLE Kendra Hairston was a big part of the Albemarle girls basketball team’s run to the Region 5A North quarterfinals in 2014 for the Patriots’ core as just a junior. Then this summer, while playing AAU basketball, the guard and team captain suffered an ACL tear and it seemed to spell the end of her high school career. Hairston, however, refused to let that be the end of the line. The senior endured 3.5 months of physical therapy before finally deciding in October to wear a brace, play and have the surgery later. She managed to be her team’s second leading scorer and rebounder while leading the team in assists and steals per game. She even set a new career high in scoring with 20 points in late January against Powhatan. “She is one of the most important players on our team this year,” said Albemarle coach Rachel Proudfoot. “Not due to her ability to score, but her intensity on defense, leadership on and off the court and the extreme effort she gives for the good of the team.” Hairston sports a 4.66 GPA and is in the running for a number of academic scholarships, winning the team’s All-Academic award for three years in a row.That foundation of hard work and an ability to attack the task at hand was certainly a factor in making Hairston’s comeback happen, and it’ll surely pay off when that surgery comes around. ✖
TEAM SPOTLIGHT MADISON COUNTY FOOTBALL Kenyon Smith put in a lot of work playing football at Madison County, and now it’s paying off. Smith just earned a full scholarship to play at Glenville State next year, the first Mountaineer to earn a full ride since 1995. A 3.4 GPA student as well, Smith was an anchor for the Mountaineers in the trenches. Best of luck with the Pioneers this fall!
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