Kyndall Merritt sees it all from the back row PDF Print E-mail

Floyd Central senior Kyndall Merritt has the perfect spot from which to see the action on the Floyd Central varsity volleyball team: the back row. Kyndall is a libero on the team, which is a specialized defensive position. The libero takes control of the back row, and more or less directs traffic.
True to her defensive position as a libero, Merritt said her strengths are being pretty quick on her feet, and being able to respond to where the ball is going. She listed her serve as her main weakness.
Floyd Central head coach Bart Powell expects a lot out of the team, and Merritt likes the high expectations.
“Every day, he tells me that I need to be the one to take charge,” Merritt said of the coach-player relationship she has with Powell.
She describes Powell as “very ambitious,” and said he pushes them to be their very best all of the time. “We know he wants us to be the best we can be,” she says. Practice is three hours after school when they don’t have a match scheduled.
It’s not like the players never have any lighter moments with their coach. She explained that recently, they were conditioning along with Powell, when all of the players and he were running up the stairs. Powell tripped and fell, provoking laughter from the players on hand. Not to worry, Powell survived and has been coaching them in every game this season.
With four other seniors on the team, Merritt is surrounded by excellent senior leadership in addition to herself.
The other seniors on the squad are Rachel Engle, Ashleigh Libs, Jamie Wallace, and Morgan Wilson. Merritt describes the five seniors as a close knit bunch, but she stresses that the entire team gets along well.
“We’re all pretty friendly with each other,” she explained.
As a freshman, Merritt was on a team that went to the Final Four, but she didn’t play all that much as a freshman. She did play a lot her sophomore season (2010), and the excitement and expectations of that season remain with her.
“You could just feel the tension,” she explained of the games during that season. “You could feel everybody getting stressed.” She added that the crowds were so large; it put the pressure on immediately.
But, what did Merritt do to get to this exalted position, you ask?
She has plenty of experience playing club ball. There is a lot of travel involved in this, and the club teams are not affiliated with the school teams.
Merritt said she started playing at age nine or 10 on the Union team for her age group, and then went on to play for Highland Hills Middle School, and now plays for a Kiva club team in Louisville, Kentucky, besides her floyd Central High School team.
The biggest difference between club play and the high school season is that there is a lot more travel involved in the club version, and she thinks that the competition is greater on the club level. You also get more college coaches watching the players on the club circuit.
With all of the year round play, Merritt said that it can be a little overwhelming at times. What keeps her going through the whirl of activity is her love of volleyball. She said it’d be hard to part with it.
“It’s a joy to have something you’re decent at; I’d never give it up in a million years,” she said.
This year, the team is playing without the services of Indiana University freshman Jennifer Smith, who Merritt described as being her best friend on the team last year. The two are destined to be reunited as Merritt will be playing volleyball for Indiana University next year as a freshman.
Her main goal at the moment is to just get better a little every day, and she thinks this year’s version of the Lady Highlanders is capable of getting back to the Final Four. “I think we can do it,” she said. “We’re all trying to be the best we can be.”
She also sees the future of Floyd Central volleyball as being very bright. She sees several strong young players coming up, and thinks that they’ll be strong next year, too.


Keeping up with Kyndall

Merritt lists January 19, 1994 as her birth date, and her mother is Stacy Merritt.
She has a younger brother named Keegan, and an older sister named Kacy. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, too.
She enjoys steak and crab legs as her favorite foods, and she lists Destin, Florida as her favorite vacation spot. Her favorite pro athlete is volleyball player Carrie Walsh, and the subject she likes best in school is math.
Other favorites: movie (Remember the Titans), television (My Wife and Kids), music (classic rock), and her favorite book is She Said Yes, by Misty Bernao.

Cougars defeat Salem Lions 21-9 PDF Print E-mail

The North Harrison Cougars used a balanced offense in defeating the Salem Lions in a Mid Southern Conference football game Friday at Salem.
North Harrison had 286 total yards of offense, but it wasn’t all on the running side, as they got 79 yards of passing in the mix, with the remaining 207 yards on the ground.

Recognizing Giants PDF Print E-mail

A giant is defined as a being with human form but superhuman size and strength. The 24 Giants honored at Huber’s as part of the fifth annual “Giants in Faith” Celebration on Aug. 28 fit that description. The thing is their superhuman size and strength comes from above.
Because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the 24 honorees are “Giants” in their communities.
The celebration is organized by the Interfaith Community Council and has drawn as many as 400 people, with this year’s crowd estimated at more than 350.
This year’s “Giants” came from different denominations and different walks of life, but they have one major thing in common – faith!
Some had their names submitted as “Giants” because of their work on back-to-school drives for under-privelaged kids, others did free counseling and some have gone on more than 20 mission trips.
Roxanne Haley  of Greenville,  works as business administrator for the Salvation Army of Southern Indiana and is heavily involved in the community.
Bill Stites  of New Albany worships at Wesley Chapel, He retired from medical sales with GE but is now a bus driver for special needs children.
“He is  and a tireless servant, seeing needs and rounding up people to get the job done,” said Interfaith’s Executive Director Christine Harbeson during the celebration.   
Hank Henize of Palmyra, who worships at Greenville Christian Church retired from Ford Motor Co. He’s done missions work in the Phillipines, Russia, Caymen Islands, Tennessee. He is also chaplain at Westminster where he preaches and gives seminars for ministers.
The list goes on and on.
The honorees, who live or worship in Floyd County and represent 15 churches of several denominations, are: Father Eric Augenstein, Karen Conrad, Charlotte Crockett, Linda Cunningham, Haley, Henize, John Hoffman, Chad and Monica Hunter, Becky Jaenichen, Virginia Kane, Mary Latimer, Susan Parr, Doris Mappes, Daniel Mecier, Ladonne Patterson, Donna Poe, Ron Reese, Steve Seitz, Stites, Lois Theiss, Jim Vaughan, Alia Whitman, and Debbie Witten.
The celebration was created in 2007 to recognize these Christian giants in the present, not after they are gone, and to encourage others to likewise be Jesus with skin on, according to ‘Giants’ co-chair Jim Kanning.
That first-ever celebration was a huge success, he said.
Interfaith Community Council is a Christ-focused ministry that has been serving Floyd County since 1964.
The council acts a bridge between local churches and the community. Some of the programs Interfaith is part of is Adopt-A-Family, seasonal assistance including providing fans, heaters and window units for the elderly and disabled.
The council is also involved in clothing programs, works with food pantries and also helps local families avoid utility disconnection as well as eviction and many more things.”
“Interfaith reaches all parts of the community, but we certainly don’t do it alone,” Harbeson said in the celebration program. “When God’s servants work together, there’s nothing we can’t do.”    
For additional information about “Giants” or anything that Interfaith is doing, call Carol Kannapel at Interfaith Community Council at (812) 948-9248/Ext. 1804 or Harbeson at Ext. 1800.     

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Floyd Central turns back Madison 45-21 PDF Print E-mail

The Floyd Central High School football team is off to a 3-0 start.
The latest win in the streak was a 45-21 victory over Madison Friday.

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