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MMC provides high school hoops player with scholarship opportunity

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Bethany Lamon

Kyla Young

Special to The Times

For Fayetteville resident Bethany Lamon, choosing a college wasn’t a top priority. She drew a blank when it came to after high school plans, so she figured she would follow the trend of many of her peers and attend a close-by community college offering free two-year tuition.

Her goal was to attend a college that would not leave her knee-deep in debt, and the community college seemed like her best bet. However, the route leading toward her future took a sudden, exiting turn thanks to a letter in the mail.

As a basketball player, Bethany was familiar with the idea of sports scholarships, and she received a letter that offered a basketball scholarship to Martin Methodist College (MMC). Figuring she had nothing to lose, Bethany planned a meeting with MMC Basketball Coach Andrea Mize, and from there, everything seemed to fall into place.

As a freshman, Bethany was not starting her first semester at MMC alone. She and her sister roomed together in one of the three campus dorms for Bethany’s first semester.

“Like many siblings, my sister and I weren’t the best of friends, but rooming together has brought us close together,” said Bethany. “We alternate helping each other with different school subjects despite being in separate grades.”

When it came to majors, Bethany began her college career declared undecided; however, she opted to try her hand at psychology but soon found that it wasn’t a field for her. For her upcoming sophomore year, she is going to dip her toe into the sports management field to see if that major piqued her interest.

Since starting in fall of 2016, Bethany could say that her time at MMC has been trial and error; however, there is one constant that remains for her – basketball. She’s been playing since arriving at MMC, and as of late, she has been bumped from the junior varsity team up to the varsity team.

Like most know, starting out at a new college is far from easy. For Bethany, she wasn’t even sure if she wanted to go to college; her future after high school was a blank slate waiting to be filled, and thanks to a letter offering an impressive basketball scholarship, Bethany made the decision to fill her blank slate at MMC.

While she is still exploring majors, Bethany finds that she is starting to establish a steady rhythm at MMC, and she is looking forward to the next three years of attending MMC and representing the MMC RedHawks with the women’s basketball team.

Editor’s Note: The article’s author, Kyla Young, is a resident of Lewisburg. She is a 2012 graduate of Marshall County High School. She is currently a senior at Martin Methodist College and is working towards her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in writing and language. She is expected to graduate in May of 2017.