Anyone who willingly dives into a pool of water off a 10-meter platform clearly isn’t afraid of heights.
John Fox has parlayed his fearlessness into a college scholarship.
Fox was one of 16 student-athletes signing a National Letter of Intent at Chatfield Senior High School on National Signing Day. The senior will be attending the University of Kentucky where he will compete for the Wildcats in platform diving.
“They are really building up their diving program right now,” said Fox, who was also considering the University of Missouri. “I really liked the coaches there.”
Fox, who placed second at the Class 5A state meet in 1-meter diving last year, will enter his senior year relatively stress-free.
“Having this out of the way really helps,” Fox said. “Now, I can put all my focus on my senior year, getting back to state and hopefully winning state.”
Fox won’t be the only Chatfield senior studying in the Bluegrass state, as Taylor Rogers will also attend the University of Kentucky.
Chances are good, however, that you won’t catch Rogers jumping off any diving platforms. The lanky left-hander should look right at home on the Wildcats’ pitching mound, however, as he will toe the rubber for the Wildcats in the Southeastern Conference, one of the premier Division I baseball conferences in the country.
“It’s a relief, and knowing where my brother will be going is also a relief,” said Taylor, whose twin brother, Tyler, also signed a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 4. Tyler will attend Garden City Junior College in Kansas, where he will also play baseball. “Now we can get ready for the spring season and get ready for that. We have high goals this year.”
With Taylor’s left arm leading the way, it’s easy to see why expectations are high at Chatfield. The Chargers reached the 5A state semifinals a year ago and aside from Casey Coy and Jake Davis, return a solid core of players from that team.
Taylor said that originally, Kentucky wasn’t even in his mind of potential colleges to attend. After one meeting with the team’s coach, all that changed.
“I knew after that I was going to go there,” Taylor said.
Taylor and Tyler are twins, so naturally, they are very close. Taylor said it will be strange not having Tyler close by, but wasn’t feeling all that bad about his brother’s plight.
“He gets my truck,” Taylor said. “I don’t like that part.”
Scott Kellogg said playing college football was always a dream of his, but he was unsure if it would ever become reality.
After a senior season in which Kellogg put up impressive receiving and special teams numbers, there was no question of whether Kellogg was college football material. The only question was what school would he wind up at?
The answer on Feb. 4 was Adams State University.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect it,” said Kellogg, who was named to Evergreen Newspapers’ all-area football and was an All-Colorado selection by the Rocky Mountain News. “It’s a huge opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.”
New facilities and a team that appears on the rise were all factors that helped solidify Kellogg’s decision.
Girls soccer has long been a powerhouse at Chatfield, and the team was well-represented at National Signing Day as seven players put pen to paper.
“It’s just amazing how fast it all went by,” said Alyssa Gillmore, who signed with Arizona State University. Gillmore has been the Chargers’ goalkeeper since her freshman year. “People tell you all the time how fast high school will go by but you don’t believe it until it happens.”
Gillmore said that adding her name to the long list of players before her that have gone on to play Division I soccer is something special.
“You hear about all the great players that come through Chatfield,” Gillmore said. “It’s nice to be a part of that list now.”
Tyler Rogers, baseball, Garden City Junior College; Taylor Rogers, baseball, University of Kentucky; Anton Gryshayev, gymnastics, University of Iowa; Natalie D’Adamio, soccer, Minnesota State @ Mankato; Shianna Falk, soccer, California State University @ East Bay; Mark Shannon, baseball, University of Northern Colorado; Scott Kellogg, football, Adams State University; Ryan Meyers, golf, McCook; Quinn Krier, soccer, University of Colorado; Callie Hancock, soccer, Fresno State University; John Fox, diving, University of Kentucky; Grant Wozencroft, golf, Colorado School of Mines; Alysabeth Heath, volleyball, Wichita State University; Stephanie Rowe, soccer, University of New Mexico; Kelsey Latham, soccer, Jacksonville University; Alyssa Gillmore, soccer, Arizona State University.