A pair of Madison-Plains athletes signed letters committing to play the sports they love in college during a ceremony at the high school Thursday, May 11.
Jonathon Dill will follow the same path his sister Kaylin took just a couple years ago, signing to play golf at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. Hunter McConkey will continue his athletic career at Urbana University where he will play basketball and golf for the Blue Knights.
For Dill it just made sense, go to a school where he felt comfortable, a place that felt like home.
“My sister goes there and I kind of always wanted to go there since a Kaylin was there. I like the campus, I love the people there but the big part of it is that my sister is there.
“We’re super close. We text all the time, we FaceTime all the time, we use to not be, but we are now.”
Getting to play at a school where his parents can continue to see him play on a regular basis played a role in his decision to play at ODU.
“They’ve always been to every match with my sister and I,” he said. “We always know that somebody is going to be there to watch us play. It’s important to be where they can watch me play. I can also watch my sister.”
McConkey is looking forward to getting a chance to play not only basketball but also golf at Urbana University. The school also offers a program he has looked forward to studying.
“They have a really good criminal justice program and I want to eventually be an FBI agent,” he said. “They offered me to play both golf and basketball and I was like, OK.”
“Hunter’s athleticism and dedication to continued improvement made him a prospect for a growing program at Urbana,” Madison-Plains High School coach Joe B. Stewart said. “His understanding of the team game and being a part of a balanced offensive attack prepared him to blend into a team structure at the college level.”
McConkey knows that playing two sports will be a challenge and staying on top of his studies won’t be easy.
“When I talked to the coaches they let me know we’re going to have a tutor on the road and study table,” he said. “I’m mainly going to play basketball, but I will get to play golf too. I’ve always wanted to play college basketball, when they offered I was super happy.”
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