Senior Cassidy Sloan


Lady Spartans’ Sloan Takes Positive Approach

 By Ron Holt

Cassidy Sloan, Bixby High’s 5-7 senior forward, considers herself a positive person.

That positive attitude helped Sloan adjust to changes in her athletic career and is an attitude she carries into her role as a senior leader for the Lady Spartans’ basketball team this season.

Sloan, who has been a steady contributor as a rebounder and scorer for Bixby this season, faced an adjustment when she moved to Bixby from Frisco, Tex., entering the eighth grade. Besides adjusting to a new environment, Sloan, along with other teammates, adjusted to playing for three different head coaches in their careers.

“It was tough making the move to a new school. Going from a big town around Dallas, Tex., to here was a big transition for me,” Sloan said recently. “As far as basketball, in Texas we played basketball every weekend and then we came here and I didn’t have a team to play on in the summer for a couple of years.”

After moving to Bixby, Sloan, the daughter of Monte and Terri Sloan, played for head coaches Mandy Stewart, Kristi Binam and current Lady Spartan head coach Tina Thomas.

“I had coach Stewart my freshman year. She pulled me and Kyndal (Pirtle) up and we went from being the best on the ninth grade team to not getting to play much junior varsity … we were the ones getting water,” she said.

“I’m a very positive person especially when it comes to authority. When someone tells me to do something I’m going to do it. That didn’t bother me, it was just the lack of playing time because we had seniors playing JV. It was hard not getting a lot of playing time,” she added.

There was a different adjustment the personable Sloan had to handle her sophomore season after working her way into the starting lineup. “The next year, when I was a sophomore, I started. I went from not getting to play JV to starting … it was very interesting. I’ve had a lot of adjustments,” added Sloan.

After struggling earlier in her career, Sloan was determined to be a positive leader her senior season. Being a member of Bixby’s Athletic Leadership Council, she understands the need for a positive outlook.

“As a team, my goal this year was just trying to help get our team together, focused and staying positive,” said Sloan, who is also a National Honor Society member. “We struggled with some drama in the past but we were trying to stay away from that this year. I’ve tried to be positive all the time.

“I’ve really enjoyed being in the leadership council, too. In October, we had a camp for little kids. We played sports with them and all the different sports at the school came out to play with them. I love being a part of that group.”

When basketball ends in a few weeks, Sloan will move to the Lady Spartans’ track and field program where she throws the shot put and discus. She just missed qualifying for state last year and has a goal of getting stronger to reach the state meet this season.

 Sloan has enjoyed her time as a Lady Spartan athlete but realizes the need to plan for the future with graduation three months away.

“As of now I’m going to UCO (University of Central Oklahoma) and double major in forensic science and criminal justice. I’m really excited about it,” said Sloan. “I have a family friend who is part of the Tulsa Police Department and I helped her over the summer and I just loved it.

“At first, I wanted to do nursing but she got me interested in the forensic part of police work and I thought it was so interesting. I like the science part more than the criminal but you can’t do one without the other,” she noted.

It’s also difficult to overcome obstacles without a positive approach as Sloan has proven during her BHS career.

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