The Connors State College community was shocked and saddened by the loss of one of their own. On May 2, 2014, freshman basketball player, Sherrell McHenry passed away.
On Dec. 2, 2014, McHenry’s number two jersey was forever retired, in a ceremony which took place immediately following the Cowgirls’ game.
McHenry’s enthusiasm, constant smile and quick wit were an encouragement to her Cowgirl’s basketball team. She was able to strike a balance that set a positive example for her teammates and her coaches.
Her coaches remarked that she was one of the hardest working players on the team and yet she was one of the first to joke around with them. Her teammates say she was a motivator for them. One teammate saying she would always go to McHenry with her problems and McHenry would encourage her to pray and to think positive.
“The loss of someone close to us is a reminder of how precious and fleeting life can be,” said CSC President, Dr. Tim Faltyn. “It also reminds us of the importance of reaching out to one another to offer strength and support.”
McHenry was known as a good kid both on and off the court. She excelled on the court and in the classroom.
“She always had to be in the top two or three in anything she did so she put forth a lot of effort,” said her high school basketball coach, Rick Kirkhart, Haskell, Okla.
During her one and only season playing for the Connors State Cowgirls, McHenry played in 21 games, averaging 2.5 points per game. At Haskell she averaged 15 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and five steals her senior season.
“There is no greater way to celebrate Sherrell’s life than to imitate her actions,” said Faltyn. “She was an example for us all.”