Kethley signs with Bossier Parish Community College
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

March 22, 2005 - Stephanie Kethley made it official Monday - another Lady Cat will be taking her softball ability to college.

In front of her family and SSHS head coach John McCullough, Kethley signed a full scholarship to attend Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La. She is the third Lady Cat senior this year to sign a college scholarship and the eighth in the last three seasons.

Kethley has played third base, first base and catcher for the Lady Cats the last two varsity seasons, and Bossier Parish head coach Ashley Grisham liked her versatility.

"Stephanie is very, very athletic, and she's very versatile," Grisham said. "She can play a lot of different positions, and I can see her catching, playing infield or even outfield. She's scrappy and a hustler, and I like that about her."

Kethley will be going to a program that has a 26-8 record this season, and has about 80 percent of its players move on to four-year colleges. But, she is looking forward, first of all, to going to the Cavaliers' new campus, which just opened in January, and meeting her new teammates.

"It's going to be a challenge to meet new people and play with them and bond," she explained. "I don't expect any promises. All I can expect is to go out there and play my game and hopefully I'll get a spot.

"Softball is where my heart is. I've played softball my whole life, and I couldn't not play softball."

Kethley also has played volleyball and basketball during her high school career, but her main focus has been on softball. She hit a home run in her first at-bat of the season and has four doubles.

"Her athletic ability is outstanding," McCullough said. "She's a great athlete who can play any position - third, first, catcher. She's a great leader by the way she plays.

"She's all out, and everybody sees that. They see the effort and intensity that she plays with, and that rubs off on everybody else. She's a vocal leader."

He said the Bossier coach was able to see Kethley play in the summer and fall, then she went to Bossier City in November to go through a workout.

"She was able to go over there, impress them and earn a scholarship," he explained. "It's a great opportunity for her to get her college paid for and go to a place where she can play. She's going to a great program. They're very successful right now."

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