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Makenna Weddle

December 21, 2018

By Darian Repschlaeger

            Makenna Weddle is one of two 2018 West Point-Beemer High School graduates who went on to play collegiate sports. Weddle was a three-year varsity starter for the Lady Cadets basketball team while in high school.

            Makenna chose to attend Doane University in Nebraska to continue her basketball career. Along with her desire to play basketball at the collegiate level, Weddle states, “I chose to go to Doane because it was a small community with many welcoming people. They really emphasized the research programs and how it would give me an advantage over others in the medical field.”

She also liked that Doane was located closer to her family when compared to the University of Nebraska-Kearney, which was her next college choice.

            Her time as a college athlete was short-lived, however, as she has decided to quit the team in late November for personal reasons. Not only was she having a hard time in the classes she was missing for games, but she was also suffering from anxiety; she was always worried about missing something important or not doing well enough in anything she did.

Weddle also stated, “I loved the sport and used to see it as my outlet to the day. Instead, in college, it became my stressor, and my whole day was centered on that activity.”

Although she is no longer on the basketball team, Makenna will continue to attend Doane for the remainder of the school year. She is allowed to keep her scholarship, and she believes Doane is a good school for biology and the medical field.

Makenna does not regret her decision to quit; she is a lot less stressed and feels in control of her life. She does, however, miss playing basketball.

From her own experience, Weddle has learned a lot about how a person should decide if she wants to play sports in college. Her advice to those considering becoming a college athlete is to make sure you love the sport and are willing to commit a lot of time.

Makenna added, “Love the grind and the feeling of your body aching. It is a good thing to do and will help you build character.”

 

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