Cleveland’s Anderson to build basketball career as Railsplitter
by By REECE RUTLAND Banner Sports Writer
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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL’S Sydnie Anderson, seated center, celebrated signing with Lincoln Memorial University to play basketball for the Railsplitters next season. On the back row, from left, are Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad, Shawnia Anderson, Ursula Langford, Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad and Quran Nalory. Front row, from left: Shawnie Anderson, Sydnie Anderson and Sheba Anderson. Banner photo, REECE RUTLAND
CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL’S Sydnie Anderson, seated center, celebrated signing with Lincoln Memorial University to play basketball for the Railsplitters next season. On the back row, from left, are Atarah Abdullah-Muhammad, Shawnia Anderson, Ursula Langford, Qetuwrah Abdullah-Muhammad and Quran Nalory. Front row, from left: Shawnie Anderson, Sydnie Anderson and Sheba Anderson. Banner photo, REECE RUTLAND
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On the first day of fall early signing period, Cleveland High School was already celebrating. Senior guard Sydnie Anderson joined with family and friends on CHS’s campus to sign her letter of intent to play women’s basketball for the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters.

“Sydnie has become a well-rounded player. Not only can she score the basketball, she can also create for others and, most importantly, defend,” stated Lady Raider head coach Mindy Kiser.

“She is a very heady player who has continued to improve every season. I wish her the best of luck at Lincoln Memorial and hope to see great things from her both in the classroom and on the floor.”

Not only has she thrived on the basketball court for Cleveland, but the game has helped shape her life and aided her in her fight against a disease she lives with every day.

Orignally, Anderson came onto the hardwood as an activity to keep her active and healthy as she faced the struggle of living with Type 1 diabetes. Her parents first pushed the idea of a sport helping her combat the condition.

Basketball did that and more for Anderson. After helping to lead her team to the District 5-AAA championship and a Region 3-AAA tournament berth, she now can look forward to playing at the college level.

“When I went to visit LMU’s campus [in Harrogate], it was just a really nice visit. The coaching staff seemed like they were really pushing for me. That’s kind of what put me over the edge,” Anderson explained.

“I’m really excited to learn more about my new teammates next year. After that, I’m just going to be focused on making a difference on the basketball team.”

But, before that comes to fruition she still has a season to look forward to in Raider blue, and that means another shot at a district title with a group of girls who have become more family than teammates.

“I’m really going to miss the family that I’ve built here at Cleveland. We all have such a good relationship with each other. I’ll miss that the most going forward, and I’m really going to miss coach Kiser,” Anderson expressed.

“Sidney has really matured and done the work and really earned this. I’m so proud of her, her family and our family here at Cleveland High School,” added Kiser.

Last season the Lady Railsplitters carried a record of 14-13 and 9-9 in South Atlantic Conference play. They are currently 2-1 on this season, and were selected to finish sixth in the Preseason SAC Coaches’ Poll.

Cleveland’s Raiders finished last year with a 19-9 record (8-3 in the district) and the district runner-up crown. They kick off the 2012-13 season Tuesday by traveling to the Christian Academy of Knoxville. The team was selected to finish second in both the district coaches’ and media polls.