Amazing year for Barnes at Labette

By Steve Sell
March 17, 2017

PARSONS — Former McPherson High two-sport standout Janae Barnes has had a dream year at Labette County Community College.

Barnes is only the second woman in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference since 2001 to earn All-KJCCC honors in two sports in the same year.

Barnes was named honorable mention for the Labette volleyball team this past fall, while being selected to the basketball second team, announced recently.

“You’re talking about one of the best athletic conferences across the board in Juco in the country,” Labette women’s basketball head coach Mitch Rolls told The Parsons Suns. “To be one of two people to do that, it’s pretty unbelievable. It’s crazy.”

“It’s a huge honor for her,” Labette volleyball head coach Jacob Fulsom added. “Not being able to play two sports but to be able to excel in them as a top kid in the conference, that shows a lot about what she can manage. She’s in the gym and sometimes going multiple practices a day. That’s a showcase for what she can do.” 

Barnes averaged 8.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks during the basketball season.

“For volleyball it was a really big deal,” Barnes said to The Sun. “That was the first time I ever got honors for anything. I didn’t get any in high school even or anything last year. I was cheated. But it was a big shot for volleyball and then a big deal for basketball.” 

Barnes transferred from Johnson County to Labette and then had to sit out due to the transfer rule. She averaged 15 points as a freshman for a Labette team that won just two games, but as a sophomore Labette won 25 games and was ranked as high as No. 12 in NJCAA Division II.

Barnes still has a year of volleyball left, but told The Sun she wants to attend a school in California as her parents now reside there.