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Another honor for Scottie and it's a big one

Posted Thursday, December 20, 2012, at 9:52 PM

Another honor for Scottie and it's a big one

Well, you can add another honor to Scottie Ingram's resume and it's a pretty big one.

Not only will the former Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbird be playing volleyball for Murray State University next season, she will do it with the moniker Small School All-American.

That's the word from the Website Max Preps who have named her to their list of outstanding small school spikers for 2012.

The website bases the honor on several factors including stats, character of the player, how well their team has done over the course of their career and just plain word of mouth.

For Ingram it is the crowning feather in a cap that has seen her earn all-area, all-conference, all-state and all-star honors.

"The honor of Scottie being named to the Max Preps team for Small Schools All-American just caps off her high school career," her coach and mother Gina Ingram said. "Most of the season, she was on the Under Armor Watch List, which in itself, is also an honor."

She's been at the top of the state's leaderboard in kills per set for the better part of the last two years and she helped lead the Lady T-Birds to four straight sectional titles, three regional titles and one semistate crown.

About the only thing missing from her resume is a state class 2A title, something that in my humble opinion she and her teammates deserved last year.

The list of players on the Max Preps roles include players from all over the country and isn't limited to just small schools in big cities.

All have similar resumes to Scottie's own and all are well-deserving of the honor.

"In looking at the accomplishments of the list of players that she joined with the Max Preps All-Americans, these players are a very hard working and talented group of young ladies," Gina said. "This is an outstanding honor for her and our community, small school or not, we are incredibly honored.

"It is great to see that hard working kids from all areas are being noticed throughout the country."

I know that it's a cliché' and I know that readers can almost predict what I'm about to add to the story.

Scottie is truly a class act and she has always been one to give me quotes or talk about a match regardless of whether her team notched a W or an L.

She has always been one to recognize that all of the accomplishments she has achieved is not without help.

Whether it be from her mother/coach or from her teammates, she has always been appreciative and cognizant of what being on a winning team involves.

I for one in this case think that still stands to be a part of the equation.

If it were not for the young ladies that surrounded Scottie during her four years at Eastern Greene, you would not have seen this or for that matter any of the honorees she's earned bestowed upon her.

So this honor should also stand as a testament to the Lady Thunderbirds themselves.

I would like to add a personal note here as well.

My personal thanks to Scottie, Casie, Leanna, Peyton and all of the rest of the EGHS volleyball squad for making my work just a little easier and giving me many good stories to write.

So congratulations to Scottie and her teammates for all of the hard work and all for all of the rewards that it reaped.

Rick Curl is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487, ext. 20. He can also be reached via email at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com.

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