April McKinney, '97 ~ Red Knight Great

When Basketball Coach Jim Johnson first saw April McKinny, his immediate thought was, "Those are the longest arms I have ever seen on a fourteen year old girl." And he was right. Although April was not a starter her freshman year, it was obvious from the beginning that she was destined for greatness. During her sophomore year she helped the Red Knights to the first basketball State Championship in the history of the school by scoring the winning basket with less than ten seconds left in the game. While the team did not win any more state championships during April’s years at IWA, her impact was still felt throughout the St. Louis basketball community. She was selected to the St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro team after her junior and senior seasons. After her senior season April was also honored by the Missouri Basketball Coaches’ Association as Miss Show-Me Basketball, the first Red Knight to receive this award. Upon graduating from high school, April held the record for most points scored and most blocks in a career. She went on to attend Saint Louis University on full athletic scholarship. As a Billiken, April was the starting power forward for three years, co-captain for the 2000-2001 season, and on the Conference USA Honor Roll in 2001. April is currently a sales representative for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, Inc. In addition to full-time employment, April attends Webster University where she is working on her MBA.