Minor inducted into Miles Hall of Fame
It didn't take long for Jennifer Minor to get adjusted to life at a small college.
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After her career as a basketball player at Starkville High School under coach Brenda Young from 1995-99, Miles College in Alabama gave Minor that same opportunity.
Minor went to Miles on a basketball scholarship, then was given a softball scholarship the next semester even though she never played softball with the Lady Yellowjackets.
The success Minor experienced in both sports at that level led to her being inducted into the Miles College Sports Hall of Fame.
Once contacted by the Miles athletic director about the honor, Minor came up with the funds to be able to attend the ceremony, then she learned something else special.
"I found out two of the young ladies I played with were being inducted at the same time," Minor said. "It was nice to go into the Hall of Fame with two players I actually came to college with at the same time.
"I was definitely shocked when I was told that I had been nominated to be inducted. It was also a great accomplishment coming from a family of athletes with my mother being a basketball standout and my father being a basketball and baseball standout as well. It was truly an honor to receive the award and know that all my hard work at Starkville High paid off."
The Miles College Sports Hall of Fame has been operating for 23 years, inducting 258 members. Women's sports didn't come along at Miles until the 1980s and Minor has been one of 11 women inducted into the Hall of Fame there.
Even though she calls going to school at Miles College "different" because of being away from home, Minor enjoyed he experience.
"I was away from home so it took a lot of getting used to," Minor said. "It was the difference between under mom's roof and in the college dorm. The meals were different. I can definitely tell you that.
"You can definitely accomplish a lot by going to a small school. There's more attention in the class room and that definitely helped."