A+ Athlete: Rylee Barnes, Tishomingo

This week's A+ Athlete is Rylee Barnes of Tishomingo High School.

Rylee is a three sport athlete, competing in softball and track, as well as leading the Lady Indians to regionals in basketball for 3 years in a row.

"She's at practice everyday, she works hard everyday," said Tishomingo girls basketball coach John Kurtz. "She does a good job of leading by example."

(Rylee Barnes)
"Basketball is something I've loved since I was little," said Rylee Barnes. "It's not hard to keep me motivated to keep coming back for basketball. It's my favorite thing to do. I would do it 24/7 if I could."

Rylee is just as automatic in the class room as she is from behind the 3-point line. She has a 3.89 G.P.A. She's ranked number 5 in her class, and she is a member of the student council.

"She's very willing to help others in class, as far as getting their lessons prepared," said Tishomingo History teacher Boyd Houser. "She can kind of take over the class, watching her get the other student excited about something, that's a lot of fun."

"I can't play sports forever," said Barnes. "I want to graduate, and go to college, and graduate college, and be able to have a successful future. My mom, basketball, they both keep me motivated."

After Graduation, Rylee will continue her basketball career at Southwestern College in Kansas, where she will also pursue a Biology degree to become a vet.