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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Bethany women sign Barton shooting guard

  • Taylor Arnold, Lebanon, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bethany College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
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  • Taylor Arnold, Lebanon, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bethany College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
    Arnold, a 5-10 shooting guard and small forward, comes to Bethany from Barton County Community College.
    While at Barton, Arnold started two years on the volleyball team as an outside, middle and right side hitter as well as a setter.
    Her sophomore year, Arnold was named to the NJCAA All-Region VI Team and the Jayhawk West All-Conference Team, helping lead her team to the Region VI Regular Season and Tournament Championship and a NJCAA Division I National Tournament appearance.
    As a freshman, Arnold was part of a Barton team who won the Region VI Tournament Championship and qualified for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.
    Prior to her time at Barton, Arnold attended Smith Center High School in Smith Center.
    Arnold started four years on the volleyball team and four years on the basketball team as a shooting guard, small forward and power forward.
    She also competed for four years on the varsity track team in the 4x400m, 4x800m, 300m hurdles, and the high jump.
    As a high school freshman basketball player, Arnold earned Amos-Morris All-Tournament Team honors and second team MCL All-League honors. Her sophomore year, Arnold was first team MCL All-League and Honorable Mention All-State for volleyball, as well as Honorable Mention MCL All-League for basketball.
    As a junior, Arnold was named 1st Team MCL All-League (volleyball), Cardinal Classic All-Tournament Team (volleyball), Hastings Tribune fourth team All-Tribland (volleyball), first team MCL All-League (basketball) and Honorable Mention All-State (basketball).
    In addition, she placed fifth at state track in the 4x800m and third in the 4x400m.
    As a high school senior, Arnold earned numerous athletics honors: first team MCL All-League (volleyball); third team All-State (volleyball); Hastings Tribland Area Honorable Mention (volleyball); Hastings Tribland All Star Area Game; first team MCL All-League (basketball); NCK All Star Game participant; Hoisington Classic All-Tournament Team (volleyball); Wichita Eagle All-State Honorable Mention (basketball); Topeka Capital All-State Honorable Mention (basketball); seventh place in the high jump at state track; Senior Athlete of the Year; and National Scholar/Athlete Award by the United States Army Reserve.
    As a senior high school basketball player, Arnold helped lead her team to a 19-4 record, averaging 11.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 2.3 steals per game and 2.3 assists per game. She also shot 42.6 percent from field goal range, 65.3 percent from the free throw line, and 24.5 percent from three-point range.
    "We are very excited to announce that Taylor has decided to resume her basketball career and finish her degree at Bethany College," Swede coach Brett Morehouse said. "Taylor was a fantastic multi-sport athlete in high school for a very good program and also had a very successful college volleyball career. We really like the experience and versatility that she will bring to our lineup. In addition, she is highly competitive and I know that she is having a great summer in terms of conditioning and skill development."
    Page 2 of 2 - Arnold is the daughter of Rodney and Belinda Arnold.
     She had a 3.6 high school grade point average and a 3.4 college grade point average, and is deciding on her major at Bethany College.

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