Kim Woodlee Shibayama, a 1997 graduate of Grundy County High School, as well as being the valedictorian of her class with a 4.0 grade point average, and a graduate of Kansas State University, is set to be inducted into the GCHS Sports Hall of Fame.
Shibayama enjoyed a record setting four-year career with the Lady Jackets and continued her success with a stellar four-year career at KSU. She received her B.S. degree in Health and Life Science from KSU and Masters in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.
Shibayama worked at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville for six years as a physician’s assistant. She is married and a mother of four children. She also finds time to give back to her passion, basketball, as a volunteer assistant for the Lady Blaze of Blackman High School in Murfreesboro.
Shibayama’s career at GCHS was one that garnered her many honors. As a freshman, she made both the all district and all region teams. She was the District 6AA Player of the Year her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. She made the all-region team as a sophomore and senior in addition to her freshman year. Her junior year ended in the first game of the district tournament with a torn ACL keeping her from making the all-region team her entire career. Shibayama was named the Tri-State Player of the Year in both her junior and senior years in the Chattanooga Times and the Chattanooga News Free Press. She was honorable mention all-state as a freshman and sophomore. She was 1st team all-state as a junior and as a senior. Shibayama was also honorable mention all-American her junior and senior seasons. She was a finalist for Miss Basketball in 1997.
Shibayama set many records while at GCHS. Her record of 10 three-point goals in a game stood as a state record for many years. Career records included most points (2,570); most three-pointers made and attempted; and best free throw percentage.
Her high school career also included academic honors. Besides being valedictorian, she was voted most athletic, best all-around, and was selected as homecoming queen.
Shibayama’s record setting high school career led her to a very successful four year career in the Big 12 with the Lady Wildcats of Kansas State. She was a four-year starter and finished in the top 25 of several categories in the NCAA, Big 12, and KSU. She became KSU’s all-time three-point shooter and tied for eleventh on the NCAA’s all-time list with 285. She was KSU’s all-time leader in three-point attempts (682) and second in three-point percentage (.418). She was the Big 12’s all-time leader in three-point attempts.
In KSU history, Shibayama finished her career in these positions: seventeenth all-time in scoring (1,058); twenty-third in rebounding (417); eleventh in assists (233); eighth in games started (96); eighth in minutes played (3,747); third in minutes per game (32.6); and tied for tenth in games played (115).
Shibayama was a three time selection to the All -Academic Big 12 team. She was second among all freshmen in the country in three-point shooting.
Last, but certainly not least, Shibayama was named the 2001 Big 12 Female Sports Person of the Year.
I recently corresponded with her and this is what she had to say. “I am just so thankful to God for his many blessings. Basketball really is one of the greatest loves of my life. The opportunities are endless. All I have known is to stay humble and keep grinding.”
Kim Woodlee Shibayama is one of the most accomplished all-around ladies to graduate from GCHS. Congratulations on your induction into the GCHS Sports Hall of Fame.