It has been a memorable year for Franklin High School athletics thus far with several more months of sporting events to look forward to. This past week, two FHS standouts signed their letters of intent to play in college, offering more evidence of the quality talent pool of Franklin High School’s athletes.
Karey Conner signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for Brevard College last Thursday, Nov. 10. Conner will be teaming up with her older sister, Kortney, who is currently a sophomore outside hitter for the Brevard Tornados volleyball team. Karey endured through a shoulder injury this past season, playing through the pain and leading her team to the state semifinals for the first time in school history.
“She has gone through the whole season with a torn shoulder, practiced every day and played her heart out every day. As a matter of fact, I had to make her swing left handed in practice so we could save her shoulder for the game, but she never complained. She wanted to play that bad and that’s the heart that she brought to this team and this program,” said head volleyball coach Anna Shields at Conner’s signing ceremony.
Conner was a senior captain for the 2011 Lady Panthers volleyball team, playing in 88 matches. Her total statistics for this season are commendable; 260 digs, 274 attack kills, and 35 assists. Shelly Conner, mother of Karey, was rightfully emotional during the signing, saying “I’m just really happy for her. I really am one lucky mother.”
Chelsea Stanfield, who is arguably one of the best softball players Franklin High School has ever seen, signed her letter of intent to play softball at N.C. State University on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Stanfield compiled some amazing statistics during her junior campaign, which saw the Lady Panthers softball team win 23 straight games before falling to Foard in the state playoffs.
“You have done everything that it takes to get to where you are right now,” said FHS varsity softball coach Penny Moffitt at Stanfield’s signing event. “Early on as a freshman, you knew you wanted to play college softball. Not everyone knows that as a freshman. So with all of your hard work and dedication, I want to congratulate you and your family. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to coach you the past three years, and I think N.C. State is going to get one of the best they’ve had so far,” concluded Moffitt.
The southpaw dominated from the pitching mound last season, obtaining a 16-1 overall record and an .33 earned run average. She also struck out 160 batters, hit three homeruns, had a .794 slugging percentage, and averaged .544 at the plate. As the stats show, Stanfield is a remarkable player and her future with the Wolfpack will be worth watching. Her senior year with the Franklin Panthers will likely be a record shattering one as well.