State Fair Community College sophomore guard/forward Catie Kaifes has decided to continue her academic and athletic career next fall at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), a Division I school in Richmond.

On April 16, Kaifes put pen to paper in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center where she signed a National Letter of Intent to attend EKU. She is the second Lady Roadrunner to sign a letter of intent this season

“Eastern Kentucky offers my major, which is Occupational Therapy,” said Kaifes. “It just felt like the place I needed to be, and I really liked it there.”

Kaifes was named to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 16 first team and Missouri Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) all-conference first team as a sophomore. She started in 26 games and finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.1 points per game this year. Kaifes shot a team-high 39.5 percent from three-point range and made 83.9 percent of her free-throw attempts, which ranked her 17th in the nation.

“The coaching staff at Eastern Kentucky has been very impressed with her shooting ability,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. “She has the size that will allow her to play both inside and outside. We are extremely excited for Catie. She has been a two-year starter for us. She is one of the best three-point shooters that I’ve seen throughout my coaching career. She will be able to get right into her degree program when she gets there. I’m very happy for Catie and look forward to watching her continue her basketball career.”

As a freshman, Kaifes averaged 8.4 points per game, shot 39.1 percent from beyond the three-point line and made 78.6 percent of her free-throw attempts. Kaifes earned NJCAA All-Region 16 second team as a freshman, along with MCCAC all-conference second team.

“My favorite memory of my time here at State Fair has been meeting all my new friends, being together with the sophomores for two years and making some fun memories with them.”

David Rohrbach, SFCC Athletics