Southwest senior signs to play for OCC

Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sneed to continue basketball career Chelsea Sneed, a senior at Southwest High School, signed a letter of intent on Feb. 11 to play basketball at Ozark Christian College (OCC) in Joplin. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Trevor Sneed, Randy Sneed, Chelsea Sneed and Christine Sneed. Back row: Les Hobbs, OCC Coach Darrell Doss and Southwest Coach Kenny Ferguson.

Chelsea Sneed has proven herself to be a versatile player for the Southwest Lady Trojans, leading her team this season with a total of 223 points and 122 rebounds as the 2008-09 season nears its end.

Sneed, who averages 13 points per game, has been pushing the 1,000-point mark this year, and with five more games left, she has potential to hit a milestone.

Furthermore, Sneed, who stands at 5'8", has been an extremely valuable player at post this year, filling the role quite well in the absence of the typically taller players the Lady Trojans have been able to rely upon in seasons past.

Despite her height disadvantage against taller players inside, she has earned the admiration and trust of the Lady Trojan's Coach Kenny Ferguson, who feels that Sneed has been a very valuable asset to the team.

"She will do anything for you," said Coach Ferguson when asked to describe Sneed as a player. "She is an all-around good kid on the floor. Despite her size, she fares well against taller opponents."

In recognition of her presence and ability out on the court, Sneed has been honored throughout the course of her high school career gaining an All-Conference honorable mention as well as a spot on the All-Barry County Team during her sophomore year, and then earning All-Conference second team honors during her junior year.

Additionally, Sneed was selected by KURM, an Arkansas radio station, for the KURM Dream Team during her junior year.

As a result of her hard work and dedication, Sneed will now be moving on to play the sport she loves at the college level when she joins the Ozark Christian College (OCC) Lady Ambassadors basketball team.

Sneed signed a letter of intent to play with OCC on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and plans to major in elementary education during her attendance there.

Having proved her prowess on the basketball court, Sneed may very well have been able to play for other schools, but she says that she always had hopes of playing for OCC.

"Both of my parents (Christine and Randy Sneed) went there, and my father played basketball there from 1988 to 1989, so it was always in the back of my mind as I began to think about going to college," said Sneed.

As she carries on the family tradition at OCC, she will be joining a team that is standing at 7-13 overall this season, with a 3-1 conference record so far.

Coach Ferguson believes Sneed will be more than ready to play with a young and successful Lady Ambassador ball club next season.

"She will do just fine; she is good at adjusting and never complains," said Coach Ferguson. "She will transition well."

As she prepares to move on, Sneed will also have the support of her family. Looking back, Sneed gives a lot of credit to her parents for helping her develop the skills she needed to get to this point in her life.

"My parents are my role models," said Sneed. "My father taught me everything about basketball, coaching me from an early age, and my mother was always there on the sideline cheering me on. I have always looked to her to keep my spirits up."

These words are a daughter's testament to her parents who have "never missed a single game that she can recall."

Sneed is also a talented softball player but chose to pursue basketball at the next level.

"I always loved softball, but basketball just seemed to be more natural for me, and I couldn't imagine not playing because I have such a passion for the sport," Sneed said.

While Sneed is admittedly "too overwhelmed" with the idea of playing college sports to speculate about her hopes or ambitions regarding her future involvement in basketball, she doesn't hesitate to look back on her times spent at Southwest High School playing for her beloved team and community.

"My fondest memory was winning conference during my sophomore year as it had been years since our school won the conference title," said Sneed.

Moreover, she feels a sense of gratitude for the faithful fans who have come and showed their support during both the good years and the more difficult seasons.

"I want to thank everyone who came to watch me play over the years, it has been great," Sneed said.

As the season winds down, Coach Ferguson is no doubt contemplating the loss of another great Lady Trojan and wishing her well as she prepares for college.

"I'm really proud for Chelsea," said Coach Ferguson. "I'm happy for her to be able to move on to the next level."

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