Over the next three weeks, our Morgan’s Finest series will continue with a three-part story of a trio of great athletes from Morgan County High School. The uniqueness of this feature finds three athletes attending the same college after graduation from MCHS. While at Piedmont College, these three friends find themselves as the only three students attending there from MOCO with scholarships in three different sports. In the spring of 2001, each student-athlete is awarded the Most Valuable Player Award in each of their respective sports. We have already covered David West (MVP in tennis) and Stephen McClain (MVP in baseball). This week is a feature of softball star Kim Massey. Without a doubt, this is quite an unusual story and certainly worthy of our Morgan’s Finest series. We hope you enjoy reading about these former student-athletes.
Kim Massey comes from a very athletic family, especially from a basketball perspective. Her father, Felton Massey, was a member of the 1975 basketball team that made it the Elite Eight (first time in school history to make the state tournament); losing by a single point to get an invitation to the Final Four. Several brothers and sisters followed him on to basketball stardom at MCHS.
Kim said, “I grew up in a family of basketball players, so it was natural that I would be taught the game. I started out learning how to play basketball in my backyard and dribbling a ball around the neighborhood until I was able to play recreation basketball. Once I learned how to play organized basketball, the transition was very simple. When I was growing up you couldn’t play middle school basketball until seventh grade, so as a sixth grader I was a manager sitting on the sideline learning the game of basketball and watching Coach Pease teach girls the fundamentals of the game. She was very instrumental in my process of becoming a good defensive player.”
The budding star moved on to middle school athletics where she began honing her skills and working to become the best player she could. She commented, “I wasn’t the best shooter but had to learn how to be an all around player. So I knew in order to get better I needed to watch other players. I would attend high school games and watch one of the best in Sonya Stewart. I knew by watching her and replicating moves I could succeed as a high school player. I had the opportunity to play varsity basketball for Coach Steve Cisson as a ninth grader. I had every intention of playing JV, but of course he believed that I could succeed on the varsity team. I was a freshman playing with several seniors and juniors. I played basketball under the leadership of Coach Cisson for 2 years. For the remainder of my years in high school I played for Coach Jamison.”
Cisson is one of those coaches who could always recognize athletic talent. After stepping down as the varsity girls’ coach, the veteran began recruiting one of his star players to play with the Diamond Lady Dogs. “Coach Cisson transitioned to softball and believed that I could play softball too. Of course, I was more focused on basketball, but he believed that I could succeed as a softball player. I was also introduced to Mr. Bill Wood who was a great asset to the game of softball. This was unfamiliar territory, but I was able to learn the game with great coaching. I was introduced to girls who had been playing softball for several years. I was able to increase my skills through softball camps and travel ball teams. I only played softball for two years. Coach Cisson and Mr. Bill were very instrumental in the decision to play at a collegiate level.”
Cisson weighed in on his former star saying, “I absolutely love Kim Massey. She’s a great person from a great family who has always been a pleasure to be around. Kim always gave a great effort. She could run, catch it, and was a good hitter. We won the Area that first year that she played. It was also the first year we played fast pitch at Morgan.” Wood chimed in with these words, “Kim was and still is a great young lady who always gave a great effort. She was physically stronger than any of the other girls, but had never played softball. She caught on quick because she was very coachable.”
After high school, she moved on to collegiate softball. Massey went on to play in the outfield at Piedmont College for three years where she was a four-year starter. After that, she transitioned to shortstop her senior year as the team moved from NAIA to Division III. The academic phenom was named to the Conference All-Academic Team for four straight years and was an All-American in 2004 at Piedmont where she majored in pre-medicine/biology.
The 36-year-old is the daughter of Felton and Deborah Massey and is currently engaged to hometown native Brad Peters. Upon graduation from Piedmont, she enrolled in medical school at Ross University. After four years of medical school, she completed a three-year pediatric residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson Mississippi. After the residency training, she went on and completed a three-year subspecialty fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is currently working as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician in Pensacola Fl.
This young lady has some serious skills as a former Bulldog star in both basketball and softball. Her work in the classroom has paid huge dividends for her and the many children she now works to heal. The Bulldog Nation has got to be proud of Kim Massey in so many ways. Congratulations and welcome aboard the Morgan’s Finest Team as our newest member. You certainly deserve it, in more ways than one.