Neosho senior Sydney Linny stayed very close to home and continued her academic and athletic career by signing her letter of intent Tuesday afternoon with hometown Crowder College.

Neosho senior Sydney Linny stayed very close to home and continued her academic and athletic career by signing her letter of intent Tuesday afternoon with hometown Crowder College.
For somebody who had been playing basketball since the first grade and who emerged as a go-to player on her team her senior year, Tuesday marked an important day for Linny.
“It’s weird to think that I am going to Crowder,” Linny said, “because when I was a little girl, I always looked at them and was like, ‘Oh, they’re awesome.’”
Linny became the fourth player for Neosho head coach Grant Berendt to sign for college basketball, joining previous signees Chelsey Henry (Missouri Southern), Morgan Brodie (Pittsburg State) and Brooke Stauffer (Westminster, now a walk-on at Missouri Southern).
“Last year Coach Berendt talked with me,” Linny said. “He asked if I had any ideas, if I wanted to play basketball or if I didn’t, what did I want to do after high school? He told me that I had the potential, so it got me going and this year I did a lot better than my previous years.”
Berendt even told sports writers that Linny had the potential to play at the next level.
Linny started 2 1/2 years for the Lady Wildcats and stepped into the spotlight as a senior with 327 of her 683 career points.
“Half of those points were scored her senior year,” Berendt said. “She was kind of a role player for us as a sophomore and a junior. She filled in spots and maybe had a big game here or there, but as a senior with the offseason that she had and the work that she put in, she was our leading scorer for us.
“I am very glad that she made the decision to stay close to home. I know her mom and her dad are too, as far as seeing her play. Sydney is a very hard worker and you can see that in what she put into her game going into her senior year. We know that her best is still yet to come and we can go out locally and watch her develop, watch her grow.”
Linny averaged 13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.0 assists per game her senior season, with 47.9 percent (131 for 273) shooting overall from the floor.
She had the distinct ability to split multitudes of defenders and make the most seemingly difficult shots look easy, a skill that might just come in handy at the next level.
Linny scored 23 points against each Providence Academy and Pleasant Hill.
Crowder comes off a 12-21 season in which the Lady ‘Riders played their best basketball late in the season and reached the Region 16 championship game.
“I am excited,” Linny said. “My family can come support me. It’s a lot easier for them.
“Coach Berendt has helped me a lot the last three years. I’m happy that I can still get hold of him. If I ever need anything, I can let him know and he can help me.”
Linny joins Carl Junction senior Alex Vogt as Crowder recruits from the area and other recruits include Belton’s Kaytee Frasher, Danville’s Bethaney Gilkey, and Porum’s Aubrey Ayers.
The Lady ‘Riders lost a handful of sophomores from their roster last season.