Seniors on Athletic Scholarships
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Several graduating student athletes are leaving on athletic scholarships when they graduate this spring.
Madison Brost will be playing soccer for Rogers State University and majoring in Sports Management Fitness.
She has been playing soccer for 14 years. Her favorite memory is when they played Sand Springs last year. They went into double overtime and a shootout. Brost made two saves and four of her teammates scored. Then the team dogpiled into the goal box.
“I am anxious and excited,” Brost said. “I just can’t wait to play for amazing coaches and with an amazing team who is like a family.”
Senior football player Isaac Barham is looking forward to going to Northeastern State University.
“Since my first visit, seeing how much of a family the team is, I knew this was the place,” Barham said.
Barham has been playing football for four years.
“My favorite memory is going to playoffs and doing something no one thought we could do,” he said.
After 12 years of swimming, Valparaiso University has signed Peyton Stambeck. Although Florida Atlantic was his first choice, he was pleased his second choice was available.
Ashlynn Robbins has signed with Labette Community College with volleyball. Having played for five years, she is excited, but also nervous.
“My favorite memory is beating Bixby in the fifth game my junior year when we were down 9-12,” she said.
The University of Kansas has signed Haley Downey.
“After visits to the University of Arkansas, University of Nebraska and Truman State, I fell in love with the atmosphere at Kansas University,” she said. “I went to swim camp there when I was nine, so it had been on my radar ever since.”
Downey’s favorite memory would be the girls winning state last year. After being ranked fifth, and pulling out a win, everyone was thrilled. Three state records were broken in the process.
“I am super excited to be representing the Jayhawks. The coaches and swimmers are great, and I know I will fit in really well with the team,” Downey said.
Colton Penrod has signed with the University of Central Oklahoma. Penrod has been playing football for 15 years and is eager to keep playing.
Danielle King will be playing soccer. Even though she has played for 14 years, she was not sure about playing in college. She decided to play, and said she is happy to start a new part of her life at Johnson County Community College.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be adding Qemar Gray to their football team. He has been playing for nine years. Other colleges were interested in his talents, but he decided on NWOSU since he felt most content with this college.
Gray said he was glad he had the opportunity to establish a brotherhood on and off the field.
“I feel blessed to be playing,” he said. “Not everybody gets a chance, and to be one of the five players form Bartlesville High School that gets the opportunity to play in college is extremely awesome. Thank God.”
Kansas State University has signed AJ Parker to play football.
Parker’s first choice was the Air Force, but after getting offered a full ride, he said was excited to play. Playing in college has been a dream of his since he was little.
“My favorite memory is hosting and winning a playoff game here” he said. “That hasn’t been done in 20 plus years.”