Southmoore's Presley Rumsey – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

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By John Tranchina

Asked to pick a player on the Southmoore basketball team that demonstrates strong character, Lady SaberCats coach Shawn Clark didn’t hesitate in choosing senior Presley Rumsey.

“Presley is the type of player every coach wishes to have on his or her team,” Clark said. “She’s outstanding as a teammate, works hard every practice and game with no sense of entitlement. Those qualities on and off the court is what makes Presley special.”

Being recognized in that way made Rumsey feel pretty good.

“I feel like I come in and work hard every day and I feel like he notices that I push myself to be my best and that I try to help my teammates to be better every day,” Rumsey said. “I feel like (my teammates) all look up to me for some advice sometimes.”


Besides stepping up as a leader, Rumsey has also displayed an impressive work ethic that has proven to be a good example to her younger teammates.

“I stay after practice every day for probably 45 minutes, every day, with a couple of other teammates, too,” said Rumsey, who also plays fast pitch softball in the fall and slow pitch in the spring.

Rumsey, who is also a member of the National Honor Society, is still unsure where she will be attending college next year, and doesn’t know yet if she’ll be playing basketball or softball.

That uncertainty has made the upcoming Class 6A playoffs more meaningful to her, since it could be the last competitive basketball she ever plays. With Southmoore entering the playoffs with an 8-14 record, Rumsey feels optimistic about her team.

“[The season is going] definitely better than last season,” Rumsey said. “All of us are playing better as a team and I feel like I’ve gotten better personally and everybody else is getting better personally, too.

“I want to finish with a good ending. I don’t want to go out with a loss or anything.”


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