By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director
Toledo, OH - They say you can't go home again. Well that is not the case for new Owens signee Sydney Petty. The 20 year old Rogers graduate made it official on Wednesday evening, inking her letter of intent to play for the Owens Women's Basketball program in 2018.
Petty was originally a member of the University of Cincinnati program, signing with the Bearcats during the early signing period in 2015 before redshirting for the 2016-2017 season. She was ranked as a three star prospect according to ESPN's recruiting services, saying, "She plays with a blue collar mentality on the boards, but she can also stretch the floor."
She had a decorated career with Rogers High School under the tutelage of coach Lamar Smith. She was a member of the 2014-2015 team that reached the state final and finished runner up to Kettering Alter in Division II in her junior year. She averaged a double-double that season, finishing with 10 points per game and 11.1 rebounds a contest. During her senior campaign, Petty and the Rams reached the regional finals.
She was one of five players on the Rams that was Division I signee during their dominant run.
Petty was named Second Team All-City, Second Team All District, and her team won the Toledo City League three of her four years in high school.
She was also an excellent student in the classroom as a Ram. She was a member of the National Honors Society, and she was on the honor roll throughout her high school career. She was also on the Dean's List three times at Rogers High School.
Petty's parents are Richard and Beth Petty. Richard is an operating engineer while Beth is a pre-school teacher. Sydney also has one brother, Garrett.
Owens coach Mike Llanas said, "We are extremely thrilled to have Sydney as a part of our program. She is a terrific post player, who can play inside and outside for us. We can't wait to see her in action next season.