Kansas Brothers “Storm” the Court!
Since Southern Nazarene University made the move to NCAA Division II, the athletics department has increasingly had success in several sports, but had never captured an outright regular season title in any sport. But the Crimson Storm men’s basketball team changed that recently, by capturing the department’s first outright Great American Conference regular season title.
When the celebration spilled onto the court after the game, two members of the highly talented team knew there were also a lot of people in Hutchinson, Kansas celebrating along with them. Brothers Jared and Noah Starkey came to SNU with not only the support and encouragement of their family, but also the prayerful support of their church family at Hutchinson First Church of the Nazarene. Their church, along with their former coaches and teachers at Central Christian School, had played important roles in shaping the lives of these student-athletes, and had continued to inspire and encourage them.
Jared Starkey, a fifth-year senior, graduated from SNU in May of 2017 with a degree in Chemistry and minor in Biology, and is pursuing an MBA in health care while playing in this, his last year of eligibility.
His younger brother, Noah, a junior Business pre-law major, is in his third season at SNU and has compiled an impressive statistical record and several conference awards in his career with the Crimson Storm thus-far; not the least of which included joining his brother, Jared, on the GAC All-Academic Team in 2016-17.
Their parents, David and Karla Starkey, attribute much of their work ethic on the court, and in the classroom, to the positive influence of a Christian environment at home, school, and, very importantly, through the mentoring of their youth pastors at Hutchinson First Nazarene during their formative years. While attending SNU, Jared and Noah have been actively involved in the college ministry at Bethany First Nazarene and have found life-long friends and mentors there and at SNU that will continue to shape their lives into the future.
SNU Crimson Storm 2017-2018
Coach Adam Bohac, in his tenth season leading the men’s basketball program, said of the brothers, “The Starkey boys are terrific – they are great examples for their peers and younger kids to look up to.” Bohac cites Jared’s servant-leader attitude as a big reason they have enjoyed a successful season. “Jared suffered an injury that caused him to miss his junior season, but through it all he has remained a positive leader for our team.” He described Noah as “a consistent contributor to our team since his freshman year and this year he is playing at an all-conference level – he is a huge part of our success.” Bohac added, “I am grateful my two sons have had the opportunity to spend so much time around the Starkey boys.”
To learn more about the men’s basketball program at SNU, visit snuathletics.com. Come out and support the team at the GAC Championships March 1-4 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma – or watch online at snuathletics.com.