Kingston stand­out earns schol­ar­ship to Howard

Parker earns schol­ar­ship at Wash­ing­ton, D.C. school where she plans to ma­jor in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Hu­bert bhu­bert@free­manon­line.com @bri­anat­free­man on Twit­ter

Kingston stand­out Ken­dal Parker earns schol­ar­ship to play lacrosse at Howard Uni­ver­sity.

Kingston High lacrosse stand­out Ken­dal Parker signed her Na­tional Let­ter of In­tent to play Di­vi­sion I lacrosse for Howard Uni­ver­sity at Kate Wal­ton Field House on Wed­nes­day.

Parker will at­tend the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., school on a par­tial aca­demic and ath­letic schol­ar­ship. She said she wasn’t sure how much of her tuition the schol­ar­ships cover. She plans to ma­jor in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and that fac­tored heav­ily into her de­ci­sion to at­tend Howard over New Haven and St. Bon­aven­ture.

“I’m study­ing in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions so D.C. is the best place to do that,” she said.

Parker said chose to study in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions be­cause she wants to do sim­i­lar work to what she’s pre­vi­ously done — sev­eral sum­mer mis­sion trips out­side the U.S.

And she’s look­ing for­ward to tak­ing the field for the Bisons.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to play at the next level,” Parker said. “It’s a dream come true, this is what I’ve been do­ing since fifth grade.”

Parker said she’s fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her cousin Ari­ana Parker, who played at Di­vi­sion I Uni­ver­sity of Al­bany and be­came an All-Amer­i­can, point­ing to­wards her ban­ner.

Parker, who splits her time be­tween mid­field and at­tack for the Tigers, said she’ll be join­ing a re­build­ing Howard team un­der new head coach Karli Brentlinger.

“They’re bring­ing in ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers,” Parker said.

She said while her fi­nal sea­son, which will also be long­time Kingston coach Deb­bie Ea­ton’s last sea­son, will be bit­ter­sweet. Parker’s al­ready pre­par­ing to play at the next level.

“I’m def­i­nitely al­ready start­ing con­di­tion­ing and work­ing on my stick skills,” Parker said. “I’m just treat­ing ev­ery day as if I’m play­ing at the D-I level al­ready, be­cause it’s go­ing to be a faster-paced game and there’s a lot to work on.”

Head­ing into her se­nior year Parker’s scored 60 goals, had 21 as­sists. She’s also com­piled 92 ground ball con­trols, 42 draw con­trols and 25 caused turnovers in two years with Kingston’s var­sity squad.

Parker cred­ited her suc­cess to play­ing with Lo­gan Bren­nan, who is now play­ing at Di­vi­sion I James Madi­son Uni­ver­sity, and Caro­line Crump, also play­ing D-I lacrosse for Ni­a­gara Uni­ver­sity.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

Ken­dal Parker signs her let­ter of in­tent to at­tend Howard Uni­ver­sity sur­rounded by her family and coach. From left are grand­par­ents Wil­liam and Mar­i­lyn Bucher, brother Jackson Parker, par­ents LeShawn and Yvonne Parker and coach Deb­bie Ea­ton.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Head­ing into her se­nior sea­son in the spring, Ken­dal Parker has a ca­reer 60 goals and 21 as­sists for Kingston.

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