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Stacy ready to hit the hardware 11/11/21

Stacy ready to hit the hardwood

By Kevin Taylor 

Alma Schools 


Conner Stacy sat on the bench watching his basketball teammates run up and down the court the other night. 


Stacy was not part of the mix. Not yet, anyway. 


“It’s going to take some time,” he said. “I’ve got to get my basketball legs underneath me; it’s completely different conditioning. I’m going to have to shoot a lot and get my shot back, too.


“It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but it shouldn’t be too challenging.”


Stacy hasn’t played basketball since his freshman year.


He announced last summer that he planned to play basketball his senior season. On the heels of his record-breaking football season, the Alma senior hopes to add to coach Dominic Lincoln’s mix within a few weeks. Considering what he did on the gridiron this fall, his Airedale basketball teammates are probably chomping at the bit. 


Stacy set numerous football records this past season, including a record 1,306 single-season receiving yards. Brayden Johnson had 1,180 receiving yards in 12 games. 


Stacy did it in 10. 


“Actually, he did that in nine games,” basketball teammate Logan Taylor said. “He only had two catches (against Vilonia) because he was hurt.”


Take away the 13 yards he had in the Vilonia game and Stacy averaged 143.6 yards over nine games. In addition to hauling in seven TD passes, the elusive receiver also scored five rushing touchdowns. 


Stacy went out on top in the team’s season finale by catching 17 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown in the team’s final game. 


“It was a great season,” Stacy said. “Being able to go out there and put up the numbers I did, it’s really rewarding, because a lot of people don’t see the time and effort I put into that sport. It’s a true testament of what we put into it. But it wasn’t just me, either. I couldn’t have done it without my linemen, I couldn’t have done it without Joe (Trusty) and BriLee (White) and Derek (Hatcher), either.”


Stacy’s big season allowed White to have a breakout campaign as well. After catching just four passes for 25 yards in 2020, White snagged 40 passes for 593 yards (almost 15 yards per reception) for a team-high eight touchdowns. 


By mid-season, teams were forced to focus on White, too. 


 “Honestly, they made it possible for me to achieve the milestones I was able to achieve,” Stacy said. “At the beginning of the season, there was a lot of double-teaming me, but toward the end they started keying in on Brilee, too.”


Trusty enjoyed a monster junior campaign, passing for 2,192 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’ll have some threats back in 2022, Hatcher and Matthew Schlegel, though the pair combined for just 26 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns this season. 


Then again, considering where White was this time last year, the sky’s the limit. 


The only thing Stacy wasn’t able to do was practice this week for a potential playoff game. Alma’s 35-34 overtime loss to Morrilton in mid-October kept the team from starting 3-1 in league play.


“All that other stuff, like breaking records, is cool, but I’d rather be playing in the postseason,” Stacy said. “But that just wasn’t in the cards.”


Stacy’s final career numbers included 119 receptions for 1,809 yards.