In her senior year at Butte Valley High School Kady Porterfield helped the Bulldogs win the NSCIF D-VI basketball championship. She led the section in points per game (22.4) and was seventh in rebounds per game (12.0). She was also one of the best volleyball players in the Evergreen League. However, Porterfield wasn’t just an athlete. She was also Valedictorian of her class, and sported a 4.0 G.P.A.
Porterfield drew interest from multiple NCAA Division-II universities, but none of them offered an agricultural program that satisfied her. Instead, putting academics ahead of sports, she chose tiny D-III State University of New York at Cobleskill, which offered her partial academic and athletic scholarships. While the school is small, the university’s Ag program is huge.
“The Ag program at Cobleskill is about 50-percent of the university, while at some of the larger universities it might only be two-percent of the school. So, our Ag program was actually as big as at the larger universities,” said Porterfield.
While there, Porterfield didn’t waste any time, completing her Agricultural Business Management degree in just three years with a 3.93 G.P.A. She also starred in both volleyball and basketball. In her final year, she was selected to the North Eastern Athletic Conference all-conference volleyball team, and was the Fighting Tigers team MVP. She led the squad with 2.22 kills per set. In basketball, Porterfield was second on the team in scoring (12.3) and rebounds (9.7), receiving the Fighting Tigers Coach’s Award.
Porterfield received several other honors, including the Student-Leadership Award after serving as the president of the college’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was also selected as the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, and received the coveted SUNY Chancellor’s Student Athlete award, which went to just five out of the University’s 300 student-athletes.
Porterfield’s accomplishments in basketball were noticed by Josh Erickson, the director of the Beyond Program and coach of the Costa Rican Women’s National Basketball Team. According to its website, “Beyond is an international education and service-learning organization that uses sports as a vehicle to explore the world and create meaningful cross-cultural relationships.” (more…)
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