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Two local players sign with Asbury

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By Lisa King

Josiah Karsner has been the cornerstone of his team in Shelby County and will continue that tradition at college.

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Karsner, son of Bob and Destiny Karsner of Frankfort, signed a letter-of-intent Friday with Asbury College in Wilmore.

Karsner, a 6-foot-7 center with Cornerstone Christian Academy's Bulldogs, said he is really looking forward to playing basketball at Asbury.

"It was my first choice, and I was really excited when I got the news a couple of months ago," he said.

Also signing with Asbury was Christian Academy of Louisville guard Josh Edwards, a resident of Simpsonville. Edweards led the Centurions in steals and assist in the 2008-2009 season.

Bulldogs Coach Chris Armstrong said Karsner, who started every game at Cornerstone this year, has been a strong member of his club, averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds, and shooting 72 percent from the free-throw line.

"He has been an outstanding post player here," he said. "And he's very versatile; he does great inside, and he can also step out and play from just about anywhere on the floor."

Armstrong said he thinks Karsner - who will be a business major - will be happy at Asbury.

"It's a great fit for him, both socially and spiritually," he said. "And Josiah's got a lot of ability. He's the best player here, and I think that will also be the case at Asbury."

Matt Maxwell, principal of Cornerstone, said that what is exciting for him is that Karsner will be the first second-generation graduate in the school's 25-year history.

"His mother also graduated from here," he said. "I don't know exactly what year she graduated, so I'll not take the chance of getting in trouble over that." He chuckled.

"But this is truly exciting for us, and we're really glad that Josiah will have the opportunity to grow spiritually and educationally while continuing to be able to do what he really loves-play basketball."

Destiny Karsner smiled as she watched her son leafing through the papers he was preparing to sign while Will Shouse, coach of the Asbury Eagles, looked on.

"He's the first of our children to go off on his own, and we're really glad he's going to Asbury, because that's where he really wanted to go," she said.