BHS Students Playing College Sports
Many students at BHS play sports, everything from football to water polo to ultimate frisbee. However, only the premier athletes make it to the college level regardless of division. In the nation roughly seven percent of high school athletes make to the college level. These previous BHS students not only had to excel on their respective playing field, but also in the classroom and as a leader or else they would not have excelled to this level. While many have enjoyed watching our older peers dominating in their sports in the past, a question may arise. Where are they now?
Jacob Hogger is a past BHS student from the class of 2018. He tore up the football field as a senior and landed a spot on the team at D3 Whitworth University. After traditionally being a running back, Jacob finished his senior season as the Defensive MVP of the Metro Valley Division playing defensive back for the spartans.
Brendan Burke is a past BHS student from the class of 2017. He was a basketball phenom on the island and landed a spot on the team at D3 Wooster College. Senior year Brendan led the team pouring in 17.8 points per game earning All Metro Honorable Mention. This feat is astounding due to the fact that the Metro League was one of the most competitive in the nation that year. When I asked how his first season went Burke said, “My first season was rough because I got mono on the first day of practice, missed a lot of the season, and coming back was tough. Now I am trying to get as much playing time as I can and it’s much better.” A rough start to his college career but with the work ethic he has he’s likely to eventually succeed. When asked what the biggest difference between high school and college basketball Burke responded, “The biggest difference would just be playing with older and stronger athletes which takes some getting used to and you have to focus more on time management with school and basketball.”
Mackenzie Chapman from the class of 2018. Mackenzie was a four year varsity starter for the girls lacrosse team. Her skills on the field and in the classroom led to her acceptance to Stanford University. Her senior season Mackenzie was able to lead her squad to a 3A state title. When asked what she is most excited for this upcoming season Mackenzie responded, “I am most excited to be challenged like I never have before and to have the opportunity to represent Stanford.” After considering what she is most nervous about for the upcoming season Mackenzie said “I’m nervous that the running is going to be crazy hard. But mostly I am nervous that I won’t be able to manage my time.”