By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Munford’s Lindsey Owen faced a problem when she entered high school back in 2011.
Owen was going to follow in her big brother Tyler’s footsteps and play basketball. She also knew she would participate in her childhood sport of softball. And she was going to give her dad Jake’s and grandfather Lynn’s sport of golf a try.
Fast forward to 2015, now Owen’s days as a Lady Cougar athlete are done. On May 4 her family and friends joined her for her signing day to Christian Brothers University. But what sport?
“I probably thought I’d be going to college to play softball,” Lindsey acknowledged. “I’d been playing softball my whole life and I started to favor basketball over the last few years.”
Owen decided to focus on basketball solely her senior year. The decision paid off with the Lady Cougars reaching Regionals behind Owen’s rebounding and inside scoring. Her stats also drew the attention of the Lady Bucs.
“She just loved playing sports,” Lindsey’s mother Teresa said. “I played, her brother played, he (Dad) played. It just works it way through the family.
“That was her decision,” she continued. “She knew at some point she had to pick something in particular to play. And she choice that as her favorite sport and as the one she wanted to play in college.”
In Teresa’s heart, she wanted her daughter to pick softball.
“She didn’t like that decision,” Jake said of Teresa. “She wanted her to play softball. I wanted her to play basketball or golf. But she made her decision and we’re proud of her.”
Teresa said the best part of Lindsey’s decision is CBU.
“We’re both very happy with that,” she said. “Great school.”
“It’s a wonderful school, great campus,” Jake added. “Small classes so she can be one on one.”
Extra one on one and travel basketball over the summers of 2013 and 2014 helped Owen reach her signing day. Her teammates and younger sister Lauren were also on hand for the ceremony.
Lindsey said her turn at being a role model for her sister was one of her motivations. Another boost was the best season in Lady Cougars Basketball history in 2013 when Munford reached Sub-State.
“I knew we were losing some good girls from the team,” Lindsey said. “I had to step up with my other seniors. I had to work hard with Coach (Steve) Poindexter each and every day.”
Jake noted the family’s investment in Lindsey playing summer basketball displayed quick returns.
“Very important summer,” he noted. “She worked hard. We went to a lot of traveling basketball. We went to Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans and Memphis. She got in shape and got focused. She made up her mind this is what I want to do in college. She hasn’t looked back.”
Now Lindsey can look forward to playing college basketball in the Gulf South Conference on the NCAA Division II level. Owen said several people helped her reach this goal including longtime teammates Kierra Richardson and Phenica Howard.
Although she enjoys a round of golf with her grandfather and father and still reminisces about her days of pitching, Lindsey said she is happy with the sport she picked to play on the next level.
“It was the one I liked the most,” she concluded.