However, last year Austin Story transferred from Sacred Heart to Green Ridge where he lives. He said the transfer was due to financial reasons and MSHSAA restrictions on Vo Tech students attending a private school.
Story is in his second year of varsity basketball at Green Ridge.
He has made a solid impact on Coach Jason Ollison’s varsity Tiger team this season, averaging 14.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.6 blocked shots, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game through the first 10 games of the season.
“I don’t really pay too much attention to that,” said the 6-foot-4, 18-year old Story. “I just want us to win.”
Green Ridge stood 7-3 as of this writing and Story had recorded eight double-doubles in the 10 games. He had his season-high 25 points against Bunceton and 17 rebounds against both Otterville and Smithton.
Story had a 2.8 grade point average, scored a 19 on the ACT his freshman year and plans to take it again this year and his academic ranking in his senior class was not available because school had not started again as of this writing.
Story is considering attending Lincoln University in Jefferson City, because of their welding program.
“I don’t want to get stuck sitting behind a desk all day,” he said.
Story said he would definitely consider college offers to play basketball.
He said that some college coaches have spoken to Ollison about him.
Besides the basketball team, Story is a member of the Future Farmers of America at Green Ridge.
“Academics are more important than athletics,” sad Story. “Academics will take you a lot farther in life. But sports definitely are important in high school because they push you to make better grades. You have to have the grades to play.”
Story played one year of soccer in the Green Ridge junior high in seventh grade, several years in the Paul Klover League and played goalie for the varsity Tigers this year. He played two years of high school football at Sacred Heart as a wide receiver, tight end and defensive end.
He did not continue to play football at Green Ridge because the transfer rule would have forced him to sit out a year. He is in his second year of varsity basketball at Green Ridge.
He said basketball is his favorite sport and his high school athletic highlight came this season on a dunk in a game against Lakeland. He has two dunks this season and had three in this past season’s summer league.
He said his two main hobbies are working at Gerber’s Small Engine in east Sedalia and playing basketball.
Story has a younger brother, Eric Ray, 14, an eighth grader at Green Ride, and a younger sister, Kaelyn Ray, 7 and a first grader at Green Ridge.
Story is the son of Jennifer Ray and Justin Ray, Green Ridge.