Stout to play basketball, run for RedStorm

Paint Valley High's Charlene Stout poses with her
mother and coaches after signing to play basketball
at Rio Grande.

BAINBRIDGE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande women's basketball head coach David Smalley and track & field head coach Bob Willey have announced the signing of Paint Valley High School's Charlene Stout for the 2013-14 school year.

Stout was a 6-foot-0 guard for head coach Joel Holbert's basketball team and averaged 13.8 points, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists for the Bearcats, who finished 8-13 after a loss to Sardinia Eastern in district tournament play.

Stout also competed in a number of different events for the Paint Valley girls' track team - also coached by Holbert - over the course of her prep career, qualifying for the state championship meet in both the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash as a junior.

"Participating in collegiate athletics has been a goal of mine over the past two years of high school as I came to love the sports I was involved in," said Stout, who was also a member of the Bearcat volleyball team. "I'm very excited to be continuing my playing career at the University of Rio Grande. Everybody there made me feel welcome and a part of their family."

On the basketball court, Stout also shot 44.1 percent from the field as a senior and was named to the All-Scioto Valley Conference first team. She also earned second team All-Southeast District honors and was an honorable mention selection on the Division III All-Ohio team.

Stout originally received a scholarship offer from Shawnee State University, but that offer was taken off the table after the school underwent a recent coaching change.

"I still had a willingness to play college ball and I had the opportunity to visit Rio for a workout," said Stout, who also drew interest from NCAA Division III Wilmington (OH) College. "After the visit and my workout, I was hooked."

So was Smalley.

"Academically, she's a very good student. Athletically, she's equally as gifted," Smalley said. "She's very long, she handles the ball well, she sees the floor well, she has a good cross-over move, she gets it to the class very comfortably, she has a nice medium-range jumper and a three-point shot that's only going to get better - we're excited to have her join our Rio Grande family. She's knowledgeable, she's coachable, she has a lot of energy – her addition creates a lot of positives for our team."

On the track, Stout competed in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash events this spring, as well as the 300-meter hurdles, the long jump, the high jump and the 4x400 relay. She set a personal record mark of 50.44 in the 300 hurdles at the Vinton County Invitational in May.

Stout's PR in the 100 of 13.31 came in regional championship competition last year, as did her top marks of 26.70 in the 200 and 59.27 in the 400. She finished ninth in the 400 and 12th in the 200 at the state championship meet.

Willey echoed Smalley's sentiments regarding Stout's athleticism and added that her versatility was a major selling point for him.

"Coach Smalley talked to me about Charlene and I'd seen her run a number of times. We were very excited to learn that she wasn't going to Shawnee State," he said. "She's a very talented young lady and yet another athlete whose versatility is something you can build a program around. We're thrilled to have her. The only negative is that we'll only have her for the outdoor season because she'll be in basketball all the way through the end of their season. But, if that's what it takes to get her here, that's what we'll do. I don't think there's any doubt that she can step right in and score some points for us immediately."

For her part, Stout is excited at the idea of adding to the success of both programs.

"In basketball, I feel like I can bring some height at the guard position, along with some speed and the ability to drive," she said. "With track, I think I can provide a good leg in the 4x400 and some speed in any other event I might be competing in."

The chance to prove herself comes first in basketball, though.

"I want to expand my game on the court and become as versatile as I can be, while enjoying every moment with my new team and coaching staff," Stout added. "Hopefully, there's a national championship in the future, too."

Stout, who plans to major in Radiology, is the daughter of Joyce Stout of Bainbridge.