University of Kansas
Katie is a four-year varsity volleyball player, Katie has accumulated many accolades in her high school career including being a state champion as a freshman alongside her sister, Julianna. Katie led the Wolverines to a 24-5 record as a senior year and led them to the final four of the state championship. During her four years at Chaparral, the lady Wolverines accumulated a record of 86-13. Katie is the second-ranked volleyball player in the state, and she can certainly back that up; she averaged just under 5 kills per set, and 472 throughout the year in total. Katie has by far been the standout athlete on the volleyball team for the past few years and everyone around school knows who she is and how much intensity she brings to the court in every game she plays. “Katie makes the volleyball games fun to go to, you get a feeling when she is going to make a big play and she never disappoints,” Senior Nate Baller says. Katie's family has had a long-lasting legacy at Chaparral being that three of them are currently or formerly played volleyball at the D-I level, and her brothers, Joseph and Hayden are basketball players at the college level; Katie plans to be the best of them all at Kansas. The Jayhawks finished their previous season with a final record of 18-12, ranked #19 in the top 25, making their way to the third round of the NCAA Tournament after beating #19th ranked Oregon and #20th ranked Creighton before getting knocked out by #3 ranked Pitt. The Jayhawks are projected to excel through those numbers as they go on into the upcoming season, looking for revenge and a road past the elite eight into the championship. I spoke with Katie briefly as I asked her what made her choose KU, and what excites her about being there next year, “I went on an unofficial visit..and just knew I want to go there. I could picture myself going there without playing sports and that was a big decision for me.” Katie said, “I’m excited to go to have a new experience and meet new people. Also very excited for the atmosphere and community at KU for sports especially.”
Macclesfield Football Club (England)
Chaparral goalie, Jayna Wildman, has been a starter at Chap for three years, going on four. During those three years (pending senior season), Jayna accumulated almost 1,400 minutes in the net making just above 9 saves per game, along with three shutouts during this time. Last summer, (2021) Jayna spent her time in Macclesfield England, playing for Macclesfield International Academy, in which she was able to train and play against some of the best competition for those specific ages. Jayna said, “I loved being out there, I still kept some friendships that I plan on keeping from there.” “The people I met and the competition I was able to play was unreal, and made it such a surreal experience for me, definitely something I never thought I would have done.” In fact, Jayna loved it so much that she ended up committing to their university program in which student-athletes from around the world get the chance to combine studying and playing in truly a world-class experience. The sports side of the University is run through Macclesfield FC while the academic side is run through the University of Central Lancashire The degrees the University offers consist of;
Sports Business Management
Nutrition and Exercise Science
As Jayna starts and finishes her senior season here at Chaparral, we are all excited to watch her succeed over in England and wherever the future may hold.
University of Northern Colorado
Andrew has been on varsity for Chap baseball since his sophomore year, and will be one of the best players on the team this coming season. He is an outfielder and pitcher and looks to continue playing both positions at UNC. Although he struggled at the plate last year, Andrew had the best Earned Run Average on the team at 0.52 in 13.1 innings pitched. In the Wolverines’ first 5 games in Arizona this season, Isdale hit .375 in 16 at bats with a double and a triple. He showed lots of improvement and will be a player to watch this coming season for Chaparral. University of Northern Colorado is in Greeley and is a Division I school. Andrew said, “I chose to go to UNC because I was familiar with the campus and the program and I thought it would be a good fit for my athletic and academic growth.” Thus far in the season, in 20 games they have a 6-14 record. Although this is not great, the team has been playing against multiple teams from California who have had the luxury of playing outdoors all winter, while the UNC squad has been stuck inside. Andrew’s brother, Iain, currently plays at UNC and is a pitcher. Iain currently has a 2.35 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched this season. Although he is a junior, Iain will be able to play 2 years with Andrew if he chooses to due to having an extra year of eligibility because of Covid.
By Luke Tenney and Ryan Loomer '22