LINDSBORG — Kimi Lindshield is coming back home.
The former Smoky Valley High School basketball standout, who has spent the past two years at Cloud County Community College, has signed a letter of intent to continue her career at Bethany College.
The 6-2 Lindshield was a backup at Cloud as a freshman before moving into the starting lineup in her second year.
She was named an Academic All-American and was a part of Phi Theta Kappa.
She as a four-year starter at Smoky Valley, including a stellar senior year in which she averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the field and 67 from the line.
She was selected second-team Central Kansas League as a senior and honorable mention as a junior. She was named to the Salina Invitational Tournament All-Tournament Team and to both the Central Kansas All-Star and Southwest Kansas All-Star teams. She holds the single- game rebounding record (20) at the Salina Invitational and tournament rebounding record (39).
Lindshield also competed in track and field for three years and volleyball for one year. She was part of National Honor Society, FCCLA and FCA.
"We are extremely excited to announce that Kimi Lindshield will be joining the Bethany community this fall," Swede coach Brett Morhouse said. "It is very special when you sign a local student-athlete to your roster. Kimi will add so much to our program, both on and off the court. At 6-2, she adds much-needed size and depth to our frontcourt along with two years of playing experience in the very competitive Kansas Jayhawk Conference.
Morehouse said the Swedes’ lack of size was a problem last year.
“At times last season we struggled with our defensive rebounding and Kimi is going to provide immediate help in that area as well as on the offensive boards,” Morehouse said. “Kimi is a very versatile offensive player and a terrific passer out of the post. Her perimeter shooting ability will allow us to play her at the 4 and the 5, which will bring great flexibility to our post rotations. We definitely think that another area where she will make an immediate impact will be at practice and in the development of our younger players.”
The Swedes were among the youngest teams in the KCAC last year.
“Last season, in addition to battling injuries with our 4's and 5's, we had a lot of true freshmen log minutes in the post,” Morehouse said. “Those young players will now have an experienced veteran to battle with on a daily basis and I think Kimi will provide a great example of how to establish position and score on the low block. There is no doubt we are getting a great player, but we are also adding an exceptional student and a person who truly has a 'team first' attitude. We look forward to Kimi finishing her last two seasons of college basketball in a Bethany Swedes uniform."
She is the daughter of Steven and Marian Lindshield. She has a sterling 3.8 grade point average, and plans to major in business/sports management.