Southmoore's Kyra Gilbert to play lacrosse for first time at OBU

It's OBU's inaugural season with the sport, and Kyra Gilbert is one of the players looking to help the sport grab fans across the state. Parker will also play basketball at OBU.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 4, 2013

Kyra Gilbert has never played lacrosse.

For that matter, neither have some of the other players who will be playing this season for Oklahoma Baptist University.

It's the Bison's inaugural season with the sport, and Parker is one of the players looking to help the sport grab fans across the state.

“In Oklahoma, lacrosse isn't a big sport so they're trying to do whatever they can to get it started,” Southmoore girls basketball coach Britney Kanady-Sayes said. “And Kyra is one of those kids that'll do anything.”

Gilbert will also play basketball at OBU, and Kanady-Sayes said the opportunity to play lacrosse added more scholarship money.

But she isn't the only Oklahoman going to Shawnee for lacrosse.

Three others — Edmond North's Hannah Dowell and Alecia Freeman, and Edmond Memorial's Chloe Webber — will join her this season.

Gilbert, though, fits the bill of a natural athlete and Kanady-Sayes expects her to do well in uncharted territory on the lacrosse field.

“Obviously, if you look at her you can tell she's an athlete and a half,” Kanady-Sayes said. “She is obviously one of those kids who has endurance and can go forever like the Energizer Bunny. She's like solid rock. She's not that big, but she has natural endurance.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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