As we wrap up four wonderful years as a part of the FHSU women’s basketball program, I first off, want to say thank you to the great people that made it happen - Coach Tony Hobson and Coach Talia Kahrs. The Senior Day emotions got the best of me and I wasn’t able to verbalize this very well, so needed to put it on paper. Thank you for believing in our daughters, loving on our daughters and giving them the opportunity to be a part of this elite program. It’s been an amazing journey as we’ve watched these young women get their feet wet in MIAA basketball as freshman and then blossom into a nationally recognized team, win an MIAA Conference Championship and play in back-to-back MIAA Conference Tournament Championships over a short time. Thank you for giving them the opportunity to be a part of this great ride – it’s been everything and more than we could have ever dreamed of for our daughters. (A quick PSA: If you are a young girl who dreams of playing college basketball, you MUST visit FHSU. This place has everything you could ever want: best coliseum, best fans, best coaching staff and you play in the best D2 conference in the nation!)

To all the fans who have faithfully followed Lady Tiger basketball at Gross Memorial Coliseum, on their road trips, have shared a hug, "good job" after a game or have helped put an exclamation point on a big win by chanting "Lady Tiger basketball, Lady Tiger basketball" over the past four years – THANK YOU! You are an amazing community of people that come from all walks of life, have unique and amazing stories and have opened yourselves to these young women and their families and made us all feel welcomed in your great town and on your great campus. Your passion for the black & gold of FHSU is nothing short of amazing! We have, without a doubt, THE best fans in the MIAA and D2 basketball! Just to put some perspective on how important your support has been, since their freshman year the team has won over 90% of their home games at Gross Memorial! And GMC has consistently ranked 2nd in the nation in attendance for the past several years. Congratulations to all that have been a part of that and thank you again for all the tremendous support! You have blessed these young women and they will take that with them for the rest of their lives.

Thank you to Fort Hays State University for being the perfect landing spot for our daughters and preparing them for life after basketball. They are forever Tigers, bleed the black and gold and will always stand to their feet at the sound of the FHSU Fight Song or In Heaven There is No Beer!

As we ride off for the last time as Lady Tiger basketball parents, we are truly going to miss our weekly drives to all the games during the season, especially our home games in Hays. It is truly a family here and whether you are at Celebration Community Church, WalMart, Gella’s, Old Chicago, the Soda Shoppe, JD’s, Breathe Coffee Shop, the Q, the Horseshoe, or any other local business, you feel the love and feel a part of this amazing family of FHSU supporters. I also don’t want to forget to mention Paige Lunsford, the terrific FHSU athletic training/medical staff (Dr. Walstrom, Carlee Lindsey & Amee Stapleton), best game day radio guys on the planet in Gerard Wellbrock and Dustin Armbruster, best game side announcer anywhere in Kenneth Windholz, best photographer in Bob Duffy, the Tiger Pep Band, Cheerleaders and Tiger Debs. I wish I could name every person and place that has touched our hearts during our time here, but that’s the amazing thing, there are SO many I would surely miss some.

With tears in our eyes and a lump in our throats…know that you have made our hearts full and have blessed us more than you will ever, ever know. Thank you for turning a young girl’s dream into a reality.


Steve Kennett (Kacey’s dad)