Valley senior Kamryn Conaway signs with Rio Grande


By Chris Slone



Photo submitted Front row, left to right: Don Conaway (father), Kamryn Conaway, Barb Conaway (mother). Back row, left to right: Jeff Duduit (AAU Coach), Scott Rolfe (superintendent), Mark Merritt (Indians head coach), Coach Gunnell (Rio Grande) ,Darren Crabtree (athletic director).


With the high-school basketball season getting underway, Valley senior Kamryn Conaway wasted little time deciding her future on the hardwood.

Conaway choose to continue her career at Rio Grande University.

Conaway picked the Red Storm over Transylvania University and Wilmington College, among others.

“It’s close to home,” Conaway said. “The coaching staff was so friendly and they treated me like family. They just made me really feel like I was at home. My family will be able to come and watch me, so that’ll be exciting.”

The 5-foot-11-inch senior is looking to make the transition from center, where she currently plays at Valley, to small forward or power forward at Rio.

“I’m excited. I love the sport, and I feel like I’ll be able to bring my competitive spirit and my never give up attitude. I feel like I can improve and become a more versatile player at the next level,” Conaway said. “I’m definitely going to have to work on my ball handling. That’s one of my weaknesses. I also feel like that’s a strength too because not many post players can handle the ball. I feel like I’m decent at it but I can definitely improve. That will allow me to be a lot more versatile.”

As far as her senior year is concerned, Conaway is focused on improving communications with a young Indians squad. She said she wants to take the younger players under her wing, just as she hopes the upperclassman at Rio Grande do for her during her freshman campaign.

“We have a lot of young girls on our team and communication is going to be key, so I am working on communicating with my teammates because next year, I will be meeting a whole new group of girls and I hope they are as willing to help work with me as we are working with our younger players this year,” Conaway said. “We all have to come together as one and that’s the only way we are going to be successful.”

Conaway, who wants to major in sociology and eventually become a psychologist or psychiatrist, believes communicating is a strength of hers.

“I think I’m good at it,” Conaway said. “I like to help people. I like to talk people through things, so I think that would be really good for me.”

Photo submitted
Front row, left to right: Don Conaway (father), Kamryn Conaway, Barb Conaway (mother).
Back row, left to right: Jeff Duduit (AAU Coach), Scott Rolfe (superintendent), Mark Merritt (Indians head coach), Coach Gunnell (Rio Grande) ,Darren Crabtree (athletic director).
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2015/12/web1_Conaway1.jpgPhoto submitted
Front row, left to right: Don Conaway (father), Kamryn Conaway, Barb Conaway (mother).
Back row, left to right: Jeff Duduit (AAU Coach), Scott Rolfe (superintendent), Mark Merritt (Indians head coach), Coach Gunnell (Rio Grande) ,Darren Crabtree (athletic director).

By Chris Slone

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.