Lady Rockets' Yost signs with Belmont
Forrest's Caitlyn Yost was that seventh-grader with the wild hair and unbelievable talent as a youngster before playing her eighth-grade season on the varsity squad.
"When I got moved up in eighth grade it really helped me with my growth as a player and a person," Yost said. "I'm just so grateful for everyone who took me under their wing that year and everyone I have played with at Forrest and coach (Jeremy) Jean, who has changed me from my awkward middle school stages."
Yost honed those talents over the next four seasons into becoming Forrest's all-time leading scorer and now the senior's hard work has paid off when she signed a Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play basketball at Belmont University in Nashville.
"I'm excited for her, it's a great school and a great program, it's a perfect fit for her," Forrest coach Jeremy Jean said. "She has been with me at Forrest for half of my coaching career, she has done so much for this program and I hate to see her leave, but there are nothing but great things ahead for her."
Yost also had an offer from Samford.
"What set them apart was the people, the coaching staff and the team at Belmont," Yost said. "When I walked in there was such good vibes and the coaching staff is genuine and they care about how their players are doing in basketball and outside of basketball."
Belmont, a Division I program has been under the reigns of head coach Cameron Newbauer since 2013, guiding the Lady Bruins to new heights, including an Ohio Valley Conference Title and an NCAA Tournament bid last season.
"I'm super excited and so blessed that they even want me to play with them," Yost said. "Last year at the NCCAA Tournament they were with Michigan State the entire way, so it is looking really good."
Yost, who competed on the AAU circuit with the Tennessee Trotters averaged 20.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season for the Lady Rockets, who posted an 18-15 record and a Region 5A Tournament appearance, earning her an All-Midstate Fourth Team selection by the Tennessean.
"I have very, very high expectations for us this season." Yost said. "I think we have a chance to do really, really big things this season and I feel we are headed on the right track."
Yost has career averages of 15.4 points and 4.7 rebounds a game and is only 34 points shy of the 2,000 point mark, something she hopes to break on opening night next Thursday night at Forrest versus Lincoln County in a Hall of Fame game.
"That would be super, super sweet to get that at home on Thursday," Yost said. "It would be so nice, I got my 1,000 on the road at Summertown, so I am going to attempt to get it Thursday."
Yost sports an impressive 3.6 GPA at Forrest and is planning on majoring in the Audio Engineering Technology program and wants to be a music producer after graduation.
"That is definitely my dream I want to do something in the music industry," Yost stated.
Yost had some words of wisdom for the youngsters, looking to chase their dreams on and off the basketball court.
"I would tell them, don't listen to anyone else, work hard every single day at your dream and just do it," Yost said.