If you’ve been around Smith-Cotton Lady Tiger basketball over the last decade, there is no doubt you are at least familiar with the last name of Sharp.
Elena Sharp, the third of five girls in her family, just finished her high school career with the Lady Tigers and is now playing her fourth season of high school soccer with the Lady Tigers.
“Definitely basketball is my favorite (sport),” said the 18-year old Smith-Cotton senior. “I’ve grown up around it and have put in the most time in basketball.”
Her next oldest sister, Cristian Sharp, a 20-year old junior at Drury University in Springfield, played four years of high school basketball at S-C. The oldest Sharp girl, 25-year old Lauren, was a diver for the swim team at S-C and also ran track. There are two more Sharp girls about to emerge into the S-C basketball world.
A three-time, second-team All West Central Conference selection in basketball at S-C, Elena Sharp is an excellent student with an 11.7 grade point average on an 11.0 scale and a 4.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and is ranked second academically in her senior class of approximately 350 students and has a solid chance to be the class Salutatorian at the end of the end of the school year. She scored a 29 the fourth time she took the ACT after scoring a 28 the first three times she took it.
Sharp plans to attend Drury University in Springfield to follow in her sister’s footsteps and follow her father’s, Dr. Jeffrey Sharp, footsteps as biology major and hopes to enter the medical field.
Besides the basketball and soccer teams at S-C, Sharp is President of the Student Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and DECA, for which she qualified for state this year and will depart April 23 for Anaheim, Calf., to compete in the state.
This school year, Sharp is taking weighted courses: Calculus, Spanish IV, College Prep English, dual credit National Government, dual-credit Public Speaking, Advanced American History and several other weighted courses both her sophomore and junior years.
“Definitely academics are more important,” said sharp. “Grades will take you places.”
Sharp started playing soccer in the Paul Klover Soccer League and played with traveling teams and is now in her fourth season as a defender for the Lady Tiger soccer team. Her junior year, she was named to the Second Team All West Central Conference squad.
Her basketball career started when she was very young in the Park and Recreation Department League, then played with several traveling teams, then with the Middle School Wildcats, then the S-C Junior High and just completed three years of varsity basketball at S-C. Sharp made second-team All West Central Conference all three years she played varsity. She averaged 10 points and 5.2 rebounds her senior season.
Asked about her high school athletic highlight, Sharp thought for a moment.
“It would definitely have to be when we won the (soccer) district my freshman year,” she said. “We played at Lee’s Summit and we beat Lee’s Summit West in the championship.”
Sharp’s time is pretty much taken up by sports, but she also enjoys reading fiction and spending time with her friends and family.
Sharp has four sisters: Lauren Bootz, 25, St. Louis; Cristian Sharp, 20 and a junior majoring in biology at Drury University in Springfield; Lydia Sharp, 15 and a freshman at Smith-Cotton Junior High School and Emma Sharp, 12 and a sixth grader at the Sedalia Middle School.
Sharp is the daughter of Jeffrey and Michelle Sharp, Sedalia.