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Jacobs headed to Benedictine

Had someone told Nevada Union senior standout Olympia Jacobs that she’d end up playing college basketball in Kansas, she never would have believed the story.

But the tale has become reality as she will travel to Atchison, Kan., next year to join the Benedictine College basketball squad. The school, located in northeast Kansas, near the Missouri border, is a private, liberal arts Catholic school.

Benedictine is a nationally-ranked NAIA program that plays in the Heart of America Athletic Conference against teams like Central Methodist, Graceland and Avila. Last season the Ravens finished with a 24-4 record.



“It was all really random how it happened,” Jacobs said. “I was talking to some schools like UC-Davis and San Diego, but I didn’t really want to go to any of those schools.”

She began talking about colleges with one of her best friends, MacKenzie Deneen, a former teammate at Forest Lake Christian, who told her more about the college her older sister was attending – Benedictine.




Jacobs began to research the team on the Internet and had Nevada Union varsity coach Duwaine Ganskie call and speak with Benedictine coach Chad Folsom. Soon, Folsom asked Jacobs to send some game tapes.

Two weeks ago, Jacobs traveled cross-country to see the school, meet the team and show the coach what she could do on the court.

She left with essentially a full-ride scholarship. Jacobs received some financial aide, with Benedictine taking care of the remainder of the tuition costs with scholarship money.

Jacobs, a first-team all-league selection for the Metro League champion Miners this season, averaged 14.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.6 steals per game her senior season. She was also selected to the Optimist All-Star game.

The slashing guard played her first three years of high school basketball for Forest Lake Christian. She was a starter on the Falcons’ 2004 state championship team as a sophomore.

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To contact sportswriter Stacy Hicklin, e-mail stacyh@theunion.com or call 477-4244.


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