By Tim Chambers
Johnson County’s “Garden of Eden” consists of a volleyball court and a softball field. One special Lady Longhorn can be found performing on them during the fall and spring.
Eden Fenner is a role model that all Lady Longhorn athletes can look up to. Unlike Adam, Eden has her priorities in order.
She excels in both sports and also supports one of the highest GPA’s in her senior class.
“I love to play both of them,” said Fenner. “I have played softball all my life and feel comfortable doing that. I like volleyball because of the fast pace and it keeps me on my toes. I start conditioning for softball when volleyball season is over. I take very little time off.”
Fenner has the talent and opportunity to be a two-sport all conference player in 2016-17. But her focus is on more than just sports.
“The Lord is first and foremost in my life,” said Fenner. ”Family, school work and sports come after that. It’s important to keep your priorities in order. That has been a goal of mine for a while.”
Fenner and her teammates took part last week in a volleyball camp at Kentucky. She felt good about the way they played.
“We’ve had a lot of experience playing together so that’s going to help a lot. We know how one another plays and that should make us a better team. We came together in camp and played pretty well. I believe that getting thrown into the fire last season is going to help us be a much better team this year.”
Fenner has had a busy summer but knows that’s about to end. Volleyball season flies by and softball is just around the corner.
“I’m excited about softball but I’m sort of sad too. I think playing for Coach Angela Blevins will be fun and we’ll work hard, but I’m going to miss having Coach Dana Smith around.”
Eden is the daughter of Mike and Sherrie Fenner. She has an older brother, Colton, who is quite a pianist. She praised her dad for helping her get where she is today.
“Dad has helped me improve my game and has always been there for me,” said Fenner. “Mom and Colton are big supporters too. I owe a lot to all my current coaches and former coaches too. All of them have made playing sports special.”
Fenner hopes to attend Milligan College after graduation and major in elementary education.
When asked to give her most special moment as a Longhorn, she said, “It would be impossible to pick one or two because there have been so many. Everything up to this point has been good. I want people to remember me because I played hard and was a good team player. I want them to remember that I did so with the Lord first in my life.”