All parents want to see their children succeed after they graduate high school, whether that be going into the work force, the military or some type of schooling. For three athletes in particular they have done what their parents expected of them and then some. Tess Keyzers, Kyle Hietpas and myself, Leighton Myers, have all accepted athletic scholarships to play a sport at the next level. Their hard work in their sport as well as in the classrooms have given them the opportunity to do what they love at the next level.
Tess Keyzers accepted a scholarship from the University of Minnesota for Track and Field. Tess also participated in varsity volleyball and basketball, where she was a stand out as well. Track and Field was the sport that she stood out in the most. She has reached the WIAA State Track and Field Meet her first three years of high school and plans on reaching it again her senior year. She has even left with some hardware. Tess currently holds the state record for girls shot put with a throw of 47’ 3.00. That record won her her second 1st place medal in girls shot put, as she had also won the previous year. Congratulations Tess and good luck in your future!
Kyle Hietpas has accepted a scholarship from the University of North Dakota to play football. While playing basketball and participating in track and field, Kyle decided football would be the sport he plays at the next level. Kyle has excelled on the football field, earning first team all conference as a junior and senior at wide receiver and also receiving second team all conference as a defensive back. He led the conference in many receiving categories. Kyle plans on redshirting his first year then playing defensive back and returning kicks and punts the following year.
I, Leighton Myers, have accepted a scholarship from Kankakee Community College to play baseball. Going to a community college means that it is a two year school and that I will transfer out after the second year and hopefully continue my baseball career. While playing football and baseball I was able to earn second team all conference as a catcher junior year. I have also been a captain since my sophomore year. This past season I led the team in just about every offensive category. I am excited to develop some more these next two years and hopefully transfer to a school where I can continue playing baseball!
Good luck to all the other seniors whether you know what you are doing after graduation or not. Make sure you find the right fit for you and that there are no doubts about it. Enjoy the last semester of high school and congratulations to the three student athletes for signing!