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Bath Co. star has Letcher ties




Attending last week’s signing ceremony were (front row, from left) Shelia Noble, Sierra Sparks-Noble, Billy Noble, (back row, from left) Bath County Athletic Dirctor Arlen McNabb, Bath County Coach Troy Lee Thomas, Kentucky Christian Coach Ron Arnett, and Bath County Principal Paul Prater.

Attending last week’s signing ceremony were (front row, from left) Shelia Noble, Sierra Sparks-Noble, Billy Noble, (back row, from left) Bath County Athletic Dirctor Arlen McNabb, Bath County Coach Troy Lee Thomas, Kentucky Christian Coach Ron Arnett, and Bath County Principal Paul Prater.

A Bath County High School girls’ basketball player with strong ties to Letcher County has signed a letter of commitment to play at Kentucky Christian University.

Sierra Shae Sparks-Noble is the daughter of Shelia and Billy Noble (Billy is a 1986 graduate of Fleming-Neon High School) and the granddaughter of Bill and Norma Noble of Deane and sister to Trevor Noble of Jenkins. Her head coach is Troy Lee Thomas, a 1989 graduate of Letcher High school. Her school superintendent is Harvey Tackett, formerly of Jenkins.

As a senior, Sparks-Noble averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists per game. She shot 76 percent from the free-throw line and 39 percent from the threepoint line. As a junior she led the state in charges taken on defense with 58. She took 46 charges as a senior.

Kentucky Christian University is located in Grayson and has 15 national championships in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). KCU is again ranked No. 1 in the nation and is playing in the NCCAA tournament this weekend (March 12-16) in Joplin, Missouri.

At the March 7 signing ceremony, Coach Thomas said Sparks- Noble was the toughest and most dedicated player he has ever coached. Since she was in the third grade she never missed a practice and in the summers would often practice at 5:30 a.m. Thomas also said she may be the best defensive player he has seen play high school basketball.

Kentucky Christian Coach Ron Arnett said Sparks-Noble was recruited for her defensive ability and will fit in perfect with his team’s style of play.


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