By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
Reagan Barnard, Lady Braves senior forward, will be a Valkyrie next season. She signed a letter of intent on Monday, April 20 to play basketball at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.
“It’s exciting,” Barnard said on Monday. “It’s a surreal feeling.”
Barnard, who has played basketball for 10 years, played only one season with Cherokee. But, it was a good one as she was named Honorable Mention on the Smoky Mountain All-Conference list, played in the recent Blue-White All-Star game, and was named to the 1A West Regional All-Tournament team.
Prior to coming to Cherokee, Barnard played the past three seasons for the Cleveland High School Storm in Rio Rancho, NM.
Chris Mintz, Lady Braves head coach, related he was very happy to see the third player from this year’s team sign to play basketball at the college level. “It’s incredible. It’s a testament to the girls that they’re able to have the grades and be able to have the ability. They’ve worked hard, and some of their dreams are coming true.”
Doug Barnard, Reagan’s father, commented on his daughter’s achievement. “It’s great. We’re very proud of her. She’s worked very hard for a long time. The situation has worked out really well, and we’re just very proud.”
Reagan’s mother, Roberta Barnard, said, “It’s exciting. She’s worked really hard for this, and we’re thrilled. She set goals when she was younger…we’re very excited for her.”
Converse College, a NCAA Division II school, plays in Conference Carolinas. This past season, the Valkyries went 4-22.