Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Sidney Melton Interview -- Dana announcement -- WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
SPEAKING WITH SIDNEY
Cardinal Softball fans undoubtedly know the name Sidney Melton.
The Columbus, OH native held down the "hot corner", or third base, for Louisville as a student-athlete from 2015-19. She holds the single game and season record for stolen bases. A multiple ALL-ACC Team selection.
Her fielding was top notch as well, her .906 fielding average is remarkable, when you consider she played third base.
Sidney complied a.341 career batting average during her time at UofL. Beginning her career splitting time as an outfielder and at second base, she moved to third her sophomore year and was part of a dynamic "left side of the infield" with Caitlin Ferguson at shortstop for both Sandy Pearsall and Holly Aprile.
Another side of Sidney is that she came back from an ACL injury during her junior season to have two great years for Louisville.
Remembered for always finding a way to get on base, her blinding speed on the base paths
once she did and dependable fielding, she was a Cardinal student-athlete extraordinaire. A Google Cloud Academic All-American.
(Sidney was always one of my favorite post-game interviews during her time at UofL and a very fitting one to start with as we start to expand out from the coaches' interviews and keep you up with other people who have had an impact on Cardinal Athletics.)
Sidney is still in Louisville, attending UofL and working/studying as a rehabilitation specialist. Spending time learning how to help those who have had hip, knee and other injuries cross the bridge from surgery to ambulatory pursuits again.
I caught up with her Tuesday via phone and we had a delightful, informative and revealing conversation about past, current and future.
She rooms with softball senior Celene Funke (you can imagine how topsy-turvy and never boring that house is !) and stays in touch with former and current UofL softball student-athletes.
When Sidney got on base, you knew she was going to "go", and opposing teams couldn't stop her. We're confident that'll be the story as she progresses in her life/career after being a student/athlete. She's hit the ground running and nothing's going to stop her.
We really appreciate Sidney taking the time from her busy, productive schedule to share her story with us, and...we're sure you'll enjoy our chat with her. Link below:
LINK: SIDNEY MELTON INTERVIEW
So, sensational, rumor-mongering and yellow sports journalism strikes out again. We told you she wasn't going anywhere. "They" told you Jeff Walz was headed to Tennessee and Dana was going to the WNBA. "They" head back to the dugout, bat-on-shoulder...another strike out.
"They" won't retract or apologize for their incorrect, misleading reporting. "They" hope you'll forget about another one of their blunders and incorrect reports. We stick to the truth and the positives of what we do here, the joy and excitement of UofL women's sports. The "one great newspaper, a certain television station and a so-called sports journalist" wipe the creme pie from their faces and we wonder if they'll eventually learn that responsible and accurate journalism still exists. What'll they "mis-inform" on next?
The clown show continues...
UofL head Volleyball coach Dani Busboom Kelly is holding a tele-conference today at 2 p.m.
I've asked our Volleyball guru Jeff McAdams to represent us on the call and take the comments and questions and turn them into a Thursday article.
That would move Jared to Friday for his second "write" of the week. ( I haven't checked with Holly Aprile about the lineup change yet, but...Coach would probably give us the "go" sign with a series of hand and arm gestures is my guess...)
We hope you enjoy the Sidney interview, hope you are staying safe, distancing and healthy. We'll get through this, we're all in it together, and keep the faith Cardinal nation.