Four sign with Ft. Scott Comm.College Volleyball

Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:01 am


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Fort Scott Community College Head Volleyball Coach Lindsay Hill has announced the signing of four student/athletes. Rheid Tridle, Payton Hallford, Shelbey Baker, and Courtney Blaufuss have all signed Letters of Intent to be a Greyhound for the 2013 season.

Rheid Tridle is a 5-10 outside hitter/middle blocker from Pittsburg, KS. Tridle attends Pittsburg High School and was coached by Mary Packard. Tridle broke the record for most varsity blocks in a season in her 2012 season at Pittsburg High. She commented on her signing that she, “Chose Fort Scott because it was close to home and I was impressed by the Coach’s motives.” Tridle is planning on majoring in Biology. She is the daughter of Stacy Dayton.

“Rheid is a very versatile athlete. I am excited to watch her grow as a volleyball student/athlete. We will get a chance to work with her this spring, so she will get quality time early,” Coach Hill comments.

Payton Hallford is a 5-10 middle blocker from El Dorado Springs. Hallford attends El Dorado Springs High School and was coached by Tonya Hooper. Hallford was named First Team All-District, Second Team All-Region and Academic All-State throughout her high school career and she was in the National Honor Society. She plays club volleyball for FS Juniors and is coached by Taylyn Schwartz.

Payton commented, “I chose Fort Scott because of the size of the school, the Coach, and the distance from home.” Hallford is undecided in her major. She is the daughter of Dennis and Darlene Hallford.

“Payton is a tremendous athlete and has her best volleyball years ahead of her. She has been in a very successful high school system and has hit from antennae to antennae, so she will fit into our system very quickly,” Coach Hill comments.

Shelbey Baker is a 5-10 outside hitter from Fredonia, KS. Baker attends Fredonia High School and was coached by Myra Barnett. She also participated in basketball and track. Baker was named All-League for Basketball, she qualified for state her freshman, sophomore and junior year in track, she was on the All-Tournament Team in the Eureka Tournament her sophomore, junior and senior year for volleyball, she was named Outstanding Athlete of the Year 2011-2012, and was an NDA All-American her senior year. She also plays club volleyball for FS Juniors and is coached by Taylyn Schwartz. “I like Fort Scott’s program as well as the coaches,” says Baker on her signing. Baker is undecided in her major. She is the daughter of Barb Baker and Randy Baker.

“I have had the opportunity to watch Shelbey grow up in volleyball. She has so much power behind her ball and is a very consistent ball control player. We look for Shelbey to compete as a six-rotation player for us next year,” Coach Hill commented.

Kortney Blaufuss is a 5-9 setter / hitter from Burlington, KS. Blaufuss attends Burlington High School and was coached by Kathy Kopfman. Blaufuss plays club ball for Midwest Juniors and is coached by Kaci Brady. She was named All-League Setter / Hitter her sophomore, junior and senior year and was All-Grasslands First Team selection her junior and senior year. Blaufuss also participates in basketball, softball, golf, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Brothers and Sister in Christ (BASIC), and Spanish Club, and she received the Honors Graduate Presidential Award for Educational Excellence. Blaufuss commented that part of the reason she signed with FSCC was because she, “loved the atmosphere here.” Blaufuss is undecided in her major. She is the daughter of Vic and Angela Blaufuss.

“Kortney has the ability and work ethic to do what Taylyn Schwartz did for us the past two years. Kortney has experience hitting as well, so that adds to her versatility. She has great hands, strong will, great leadership skills and a huge heart for the game. Kortney has a bright future at FSCC,” stated Coach Hill.