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Walnut Ridge standout Kai Turner has signed a letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Shawnee State University.
Turner started at forward for the Scots this year, finishing with a 23-2 record, including an undefeated regular season. Kai is a three-year letter winner for the Scot’s who averaged 12 points and nine rebounds his senior year. He is a 6-7 forward, who will add an inside presence for the Bears.
“We are extremely excited about adding Kai to our basketball family,” Shawnee State men’s basketball coach Jeff Hamilton said. “He played for Coach Bates at Walnut Ridge and was an integral part of their tremendous success the past couple of seasons. I have confidence that Kai will have an immediate impact in our program.
“He plays with fantastic energy and enthusiasm with the skill set to play multiple positions. We can’t wait to get him to campus and start working with this super young man.”
Turner said he picked SSU because it felt like his home away from home.
Turner picked SSU because it, “Feels like a home away from home.” He joins other Columbus City League players: Ian Nixson (Northland), Andrew and Leo Devlin (Beechcroft) on the Shawnee State roster.
While at Walnut Ridge, Turner also lettered two years in football.
Morrison named MSC Player of the Week
Shawnee State senior Cody Morrison was named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the week of April 30.
Morrison led the Bears to the Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship for the second consecutive year. During the tournament, Morrison hit .391 with three home runs, a triple, a double and seven runs batted in.
Morrison opened the tournament with a pair of three-hit games, including two home runs and five RBI’s. In Shawnee’s 6-4 victory over top-seeded Lindsey Wilson in an elimination game, Morrison added this third home run of the tournament.
Morrison hit seven total home runs and batted .318 during the season. He drove in a team-high 47 runs, one better than Wheelersburg native Adam Wamsley.
The Bears finished their season with a 33-25 record and Morrison is one of nine seniors that will be graduating.
Bears win Baron Invitational
Shawnee State golf won the 41st Baron Invitational hosted by Ohio State University Lima on Friday afternoon. The Bears placed first out of eight teams at the Invitational.
Freshman Rob Pell led the Bears shooting a 75 on the day, while Richie Bechtol shot 79. Justin Arnold finished with an 80, while Cory Prose of Lucasville shot 81. Kyle Burchett of Lucasville rounded out the Bears scoring with a 83.
It is the first top-finish of the season for the SSU golfers. They have finished second twice this season, once at Ohio University-Chillicothe March 23 and once at the Georgetown Invitational April 17.