OSKALOOSA— This week the Herald catches up with former Oskaloosa high school athletes Jarad Kruse and Spencer Tucker.
Kruse attends Coe College in Cedar Rapids and plays basketball for the Kohawks. He is about to start up his second year and said his first year went well.
When asked why he chose to go to Coe College he said he chose Coe because of its good reputation.
"And I got along with the coaches and players while on my visit,” he said.
In high school, Kruse played basketball and football at Oskaloosa. He was All-State his senior year for basketball.
He decided to play basketball in college because he loves the competition and couldn’t imagine not playing basketball anymore.
Kruse gave a little update on how his first year of college went for him.
“In the classroom, I finished with a 3.8 GPA. I took care of most of my gen eds in high school so I was able to take classes towards my double major,” he said. On the court, “I averaged 3 points, 2 rebounds on 11 minutes per game coming off the bench as a sixth man.”
This past year Coe finished 14-12, making the conference tournament where they lost to Simpson in the first round.
Kruse said the main difference between playing college basketball to high school is that overall, the college game is much faster and opponents are much more physical.
"Teams are much more defensively sound, making easy buckets hard to come by," he said. "The rules are a little different with a longer court and further 3 point line. The shot clock took a little adjustment but it makes games much better and prevents teams from manipulating the game like many teams do in high school.”
In high school, Kruse played the 3. In college, he plays a lot more at the 4.
His favorite memory from high school was being the first team from Osky to play in the state championship game.
“Taking a program that won six games our freshman year to heights Osky had never seen before was an experience me, Tucker, Spencer, and Tanner will never forget.”
His favorite memory so far in college was playing at Creighton on National Television.
Kruse is majoring in Business Administration and Economics. His future plans are to graduate from Coe with a degree in Business Admin and Economics and win a national championship for the Kohawks.
Tucker attends Willam Penn university and plays golf for the Statesmen. He is excited to start up his sophomore year.
When asked why he chose to go to Willam Penn he said, “My dad is the head golf coach and I think it is awesome to be coached at a higher level by him and I wanted to stay close to home.”
In high school, Tucker played golf and basketball. He was all-state all four years in high school. First team his sophomore through senior year.
He decided to play golf in college because “golf was my first love and I have more potential at it over basketball,” he said.
Tucker gave a little update on how his first year went.
“My first year of college was good for the most part. I met a lot of people and I got a few close lifelong friends," he said. "My golf season started off well and then hit a rough patch in the fall but in the spring I came back and got 1st team all-conference."
As a team, he said they had an up and down year and finished second in the conference just missing nationals.
“This year we have a lot of potential," he said, "and I'm excited to see what we can make of it.”
He said the difference between playing high school golf to college golf is the competition and how far you have to travel to play.
In high school, Tucker's best score in a tournament for 18 holes was a 70. For nine holes it was a 32. So far in college, his low is a 71 in 18.
His favorite memory from high school would be, “just being around my friends on car trips and winning six invites my sophomore year.”
Tucker said his favorite memory from college so far, “would have to be going to Memphis and playing at TPC Southwind and finishing top 10 at the NAIA Preview.”
Tucker is majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Business Management.
“[My future plans are to] continue my golf career as far as I can and try to make a living off the game I love," he said. "If that doesn’t work out then I will try my best to get a head pro job at a golf course.”