Cadets senior rides horses when not on volleyball court

Courtesy photo Fort Frye senior Kelsey Adkins is a standout volleyball and basketball player for the Lady Cadets.

Kelsey Adkins

Fort Frye

Year: senior

Age: 17

GPA: 3.7

Favorite subject: math

Sports: volleyball, basketball

Other activities: National Barrel Horse Association, National Honor Society, Safety Town and Outdoor Ed.

College: undecided

Major: nursing

Family: Don and Sabrina Adkins (father and mother); 2 brothers–Matt and Brian; one sister–Michelle

Question: What’s your favorite sport?

Answer: Volleyball definitely.

Q: Why’s that?

A: (Laughs) There’s less running. And, volleyball’s more of an emotional sport.

Q: How long have you played volleyball?

A: Since the seventh grade.

Q: When did you start playing basketball?

A: In grade school.

Q: It seems like you’re everywhere on the volleyball court. What’s your position and what do you like doing best?

A: I’m an outside hitter, because I definitely like to hit.

Q: Do you think you’d like to play volleyball in college?

A: I haven’t decided yet where I want to go. But there’s one school I’m looking at where I’d like to play — if I go there.

Q: Fort Frye play a pretty challenging schedule during the regular season. And I think that’s helped the team get to where it is right now?

A: The schedule was challenging, and yes, it’s helped prepare us better (for the postseason).

Q: How intense is the Fort’s rivalry with Waterford?

A: (Laughs) It gets a little crazy sometimes, because we both want to win. But bragging rights are on the line. When we’re not playing off the court, we’re friends, though.

Q: On Thursday, you and the team will be play Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas in a regional semi at Lake High. Any thoughts on that match?

A: We played there (Lake High) last year and got beat (by Dalton). Hopefully, we can do better this year. Right now, we’re playing with a lot of confidence, and we want to win.

Q: During your sports career at Fort Frye, what’s been your main highlight?

A: Winning the volleyball district championship last year. I don’t think the school had done that in 30 years.

Q: Who has been your inspiration?

A: My sister Michelle. She played college basketball at Carlow University in Pittsburgh (Pa.).

Q: So, you’re the volleyball player and she’s the basketball player in the family?

A: (Laughs) Yes, but I do play basketball, too. They just started practicing.

Q: What’s the Fort basketball team going to look like this winter?

A: I think we should be pretty good. We have some good freshmen coming in. We’re not very tall, but we like to run and play defense.

Q: Ah, defense. That’s what you like to do, right?

A: I really do like playing defense. Some people say that I should shoot more, because I don’t really shoot that much.

Q: What do you do off the volleyball and basketball court?

A: Well, I’ve been riding horses my whole life. I like barrel racing, and in the summer we go to horse shows just about every weekend.

Q: What’s your horse’s name?

A: I call her Hope.

Q: I’ll bet you have to get up early every morning to feed her?

A: (Laughs) Me and my dad do.

Q: Is there anything I haven’t asked you, or you would like to say?

A: I think you’ve covered everything. I’m taking courses at Washington State Community College, and when I graduate, I’ll also have an Associates Degree.

Ron Johnston,