Two Cadets commit to MC

Courtesy photos Fort Frye’s Stephanie Camden (center, front row) committed to continuing her volleyball career at Marietta College. Picture alongside her are her mother, Kelly Camden (left), and father, Tom Camden (right.) Fort Frye principal Andy Schob is pictured in the back row.

BEVERLY — Stephanie Camden and Isiah Jones have been important members of the Fort Frye varsity volleyball and football teams, respectively, the last four years.

Now, the Cadets duo is hoping to make similar contributions as student-athletes at Marietta College, where they will continue their athletic careers.

Camden committed to the Pioneer volleyball team and plans to major in biology.

“My mom (Kelly Camden) is an alumni of Marietta College,” she said. “I’ve been on campus a lot, and it’s super, super nice. It has the major I want, and the volleyball coach (Kristy Newman) is amazing. She’s a sweetheart.”

Camden helped the Cadets win three straight district championships from her freshman to junior year. She also surpassed the 2,000 career assists mark as a setter.

Fort Frye’s Isiah Jones (third from left, front row) committed to continuing his football career at Marietta College. Pictured alongside him are his sister, Nadia Jones (left), grandmother, Jean Bickford (second from left), and mother, Beth Jones (far right). In the back row (from left to right) are Fort Frye principal Andy Schob and head football coach Eric Huck.

“I could not have done it without my teammates,” Camden said. “The passers and hitters are all core members. All of my credit goes to them and the coaches.

“Our coaches were always so good with us. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.”

Jones enjoyed similar success on the Cadets football team. He was named first team All-Ohio and East District Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. He started on Fort Frye’s offensive and defensive line.

“He has incredible athletic ability for a lineman,” Fort Frye head football coach Eric Huck said in the fall. “We even thought about moving him to running back at one point because he is fast and powerful, but he’s so good on the offensive line. He brings a demeanor to the line of scrimmage not a lot of guys have.”

Jones has been a big reason for Fort Frye’s success on the gridiron in recent years, including a state semifinals appearance in 2018. He’ll likely make an impact on head coach Andy Waddle’s defensive line.

Marietta College competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The OAC announced last week it has postponed all athletic competition through Jan. 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately for Camden and Jones, they won’t have a freshman season in 2020.

“I was definitely sad I wasn’t having a season,” Camden said. “It does give us more time to connect as a team. I think it’ll be good.

“I’d just like to add that I’m super excited. This is an amazing experience and I’m so grateful that my high school coaches and Marietta College coaches are all so great.”

Jordan Holland can be reached at jholland@mariettatimes.com.


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