May 1, 2014

Kain excels in track, basketball for Lady Berries

Kain excels in track, basketball for Lady Berries

by Beau Wicker Sports Editor

---- — Logansport senior Samantha Kain was a part of the Berries’ semistate girls basketball team and is also a standout athlete in track and field.

Kain competes in the throwing events for the Lady Berries track team. She considers herself about equal in ability in the shot put and discus.

Her career best throws are 90 feet in the discus and 33 feet in the shot.

She will be a contender for the titles in both events at Saturday’s Cass County meet at Berry Stadium.

“I hope so. I think I have a good chance,” she said.

Lewis Cass is the five-time defending county team champion.

The Lady Berries defeated the Kings by five points in a dual meet Monday in Walton.

“I think our girls have a pretty good chance of winning if we work hard,” Kain said.

She hopes to also place in both events at the North Central Conference meet with a top eight finish and also hopes to advance out of the Madison-Grant Sectional with a top four finish.

Indiana State-bound thrower Summer Blackamore of Kokomo is the favorite at both the NCC and sectional.

Kain was one of the top bench players for the Lady Berries basketball team that went 24-3 and won its third straight NCC title, second straight sectional title and first ever regional crown.

Kain, a 5-9 forward, was known to play solid defense in the middle and was seemingly always in the right spot.

She played big minutes in the Berries’ regional win.

In the semifinal against Fort Wayne Carroll, starter Sydney Bullard sat out about the last four minutes of the third quarter after spraining her ankle and then Nakeya Penny sat out four minutes to start the fourth quarter after picking up her fourth foul. Kain filled in for both and helped the Berries to keep their lead in that contest.

Then in the final against Fishers, Bullard battled foul trouble throughout and Kain was again there to pick up the slack, and Kain’s putback basket at the halftime buzzer gave the team all the momentum as the jubilated Berries stormed into the locker room with a 10-point advantage, a lead they would not relinquish.

“That was probably one of my proudest moments,” said Kain, who put in a lot of work in the offseason with coach Jerry Hoover to get ready for her senior season.

Hoover said Kain was one of the best leaders on the team and Kain agreed that was her biggest role on the team.

“I think the girls of all ages on the team related to me. I felt like they could come to me for anything. I helped us bond more as a team,” she said.

Kain added she enjoyed being a teammate with Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings.

“It was definitely a blessing. I wouldn’t have done any of that without her,” she said of being a part of a championship team alongside Jennings. “It’s kind of awesome to say that I played and was a teammate of Whitney.”

The following is a question-and-answer session with Kain.

Q. How did you first get started in sports? At what age?

A. At age 5, I started playing soccer, softball and basketball.

Q. Do you have any family members who played sports?

A. My dad played football and baseball. My brother [Rick] played football, wrestling and baseball.

Q. Have you ever played a sport that you were not successful at?

A. Yes, tennis. It was more likely for me to hit the light pole then the other side of the court.

Q. How do you feel you’ve improved as an athlete since you first started playing?

A. I play with more confidence and my skill level has improved.

Q. Who do you consider your biggest role model? Why?

A. My mom and dad [Ruth and David] because they have taught me to give everything my all and to never give up on my dreams.

Q. What experiences have you had in sports have made you the athlete you are today?

A. During track season I got to know and get close with Katie Champion and I feel like she has helped me become a better role model and leader.

Q. What is something that not everyone knows about you?

A. I was a cheerleader freshman and sophomore year.

Q. What is your favorite memory of playing sports at your school?

A. I have many great memories playing sports at LHS. But my favorite has to be this basketball season when our team went to China and won regionals.

Q. What’s your favorite music, movie, TV show, etc.?

A. My favorite music genre is indie rock. Movie: She’s the Man. TV show: Big Bang Theory. Book: Sam’s Letters to Jennifer. Sports team: Pittsburgh Pirates.

Q. Who is the best athlete in your respective sport you’ve ever gone up against?

A. Summer Blackamore from Kokomo.

Q. What are your goals for your future? Do you plan on attending college?

A. I plan to attend IUPUI in the fall and major in pre-dentistry.

Each week during the school year the Pharos-Tribune recognizes an athlete from one of five area high schools. The recipients are selected by each school’s athletic department.