Student athletes win competitive sport scholarships

Jacob McKay, Reporter

Nobody plays sports forever. Whether due to age or injury, a day comes when a person’s body will render him unable to play the game he loves. Of those who play at the high school level, only a very small number are talented enough to move on to play at the college level.

Isaiah Campbell, senior, has a college scholarship to play baseball at the University of Arkansas. Colleges started pursuing Campbell as a sophomore.

“My goals coming into high school were to win state championships and get a college scholarship,” Campbell said.

Kylee Kopatich, senior, has a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Kansas. Colleges began pursuing her during her freshman season.

“Coming into freshman year, I wanted to hopefully make varsity and help them win in any way I could,” Kopatich said.

With colleges pursuing prospective recruits more fervently than ever, these student athletes have to be careful.

“I’m more careful with what I put on social media,” Campbell said.

Colleges have been known to rescind scholarship offers to players who make questionable decisions on social media or in real life.

“I’m more careful with certain things I do and people I hang out with,” Kopatich said.

Athletic scholarships are most likely worth holding onto for Kopatich and Campbell as they are very hard to come by.

According to, only 6.4 percent of women’s basketball players go on to compete in college and 11.5 percent of baseball players make the jump.