RIPLEY - With a quiet demeanor, at first glance you may think that Sarah Williams is shy. After talking to her for a few minutes you realize that she is quite the opposite. She is articulate, outgoing and displays a quiet confidence.

Ripley High School is proud of student-athletes like Sarah and rightfully so.

Sarah is a junior carrying a 4.25 grade point average with two weighted “Advanced Placement” classes that make her GPA that much more remarkable.

Ripley Principal Will Hosaflook understands the work Sarah puts into her studies and basketball.

“Sarah is an astounding student-athlete at Ripley High School.  She has a wonderful personality, very self-disciplined, and knows the value of hard work.  Academically, Sarah has a very rigorous schedule, which requires many hours to be spent studying outside of the eight hour school day. Pairing her academic talent with her athletic talent—you have a role-model student-athlete.”

The athletic hoopster is also a hopeful for this year’s National Honor Society induction.

“It would mean so much to me to be selected,” said Sarah, who coincidentally was a member of the Junior Honor Society in middle school where she carried a 4.0 GPA.

She is also active at Evans Church of God and participates in the Transformed Youth Program, 4-H and its community service group.

The daughter of Jerrold and Melissa Williams also finds time to be a First Chair trumpet in Ripley High School’s Marching Band.

Sarah is the second oldest of six children. She has a younger biological brother and four adopted siblings.

“I like to stay active and busy and I enjoy helping others. I like spending time with family.”

The gifted post player discovered basketball when she was nine and hasn’t looked back since.

“I have made lifelong friends through basketball and I love my coaches. We (current team) are a family and that is because of the atmosphere our coaches create for us.”

On the hardwood, Williams has been a breath of fresh air this season. The Lady Vikings of coach Justin Frashier graduated their two leading scorers from last season and Williams has produced in the post.

She is averaging 10 points and eight rebounds a game. She scored 18 and hauled in 12 rebounds against Ravenswood in the Rod Hudson Memorial Tournament. It was the second double-double of the week for Sarah.

“I feel like I learned to be aggressive from watching Paige Smith (graduated 2012). I feel like I play more aggressively and it has helped me tremendously,” said Sarah.

Coach Frashier appreciates all that the gifted student-athlete has done for his program.

“Sarah is a great young lady who has really developed as a player over the past year.  She has also been an excellent leader in our program.

Sarah works hard every day and does what is best for the team.  She has had a pretty good year but I think she can dominate next year as a senior because I know that she will come in the gym and work on her game.  Hopefully, with her leadership others will follow.”

Currently, Sarah is considering a career in physical therapy. She spends time horseback riding and is active in showing her family’s horses on the weekends. Sarah enjoys the time she spends with her father as they hunt and fish as often as possible.

With so many interests and activities in her life, Sarah still finds time to write short stories and poetry in her quiet time.
“I really would enjoy playing basketball in college somewhere. I have had so much fun with it that I don’t want it to end,”