Kelsey Arbuckle, the daughter of Russell and Tina Arbuckle, is currently a freshman at the University of the South where she plays basketball for the Lady Tigers.
She first realized her passion for basketball at Monteagle Elementary School.
“At Grundy County High School, Beth Brown, my English teacher, really stands out to me because she did such a good job preparing me for college.
“My high school basketball coaches, Coach Julie Davis, Coach Ricky Richards, and Coach Russell Fugate, always pushed me to get better and made me realize no one was going to hand anything to me – I had to earn it. I guess that’s part of the reason I am where I am today.”
An athlete and a scholar, Kelsey graduated in the top 10 percent of her senior class in 2015. She was recruited to play basketball at the University of the South, and is enjoying her time there.
“I really like the English classes here! However, my heart is still not completely set on a major. Ideally, I would take pictures and then write stories about them, or write books. I change my mind everyday though so who really knows what I will be doing.
“I started taking lessons from the assistant basketball coach at Sewanee my freshman year of high school, and that’s when I really started to hang out in Sewanee a lot. I went back and forth, on where I wanted to go from my freshmen year to my junior year. Every time I wanted to give up my dream of going to school here my mom would come in as a voice of calm and reason.
“However, by my senior year, I knew this was exactly where I wanted to be and everything had worked out. I love the team! I love the coaches! I love everything about Sewanee and everyone in it. It is the best decision I have ever made! I have never been happier!
“I especially love the opportunities to find out who I really am and what I really love doing.”
Kelsey also has some adventurous plans in her future.
“My Dad and I have plans to kayak down waterfalls!”
Kelsey would like to thank everyone who comes to her games, and if you have not had a chance to see this great athlete in action, the Lady Tigers play Friday, February 19, at home against Oglethorpe. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.