Kedrowski, Jackson honored as senior athletes
“You just don’t sleep,” joked Battle Mountain senior Krista Kedrowski, who lettered in volleyball, basketball and golf during her career.
“I gave up on sleep at around the beginning of wrestling season,” said fellow senior Chris Jackson, who also has jacket-pins for football and track.
Well, guys, you’ve earned a nap. Kedrowski and Jackson were honored as Battle Mountain’s Outstanding Senior Academic Athletes for 2002 Thursday night as a part of the school’s year-end Academic Banquet.
Through the fall and winter on the court with volleyball and basketball, Kedrowski earned a reputation as a tough and talented athlete.
“It’s always exciting to watch Krista play because she’s always into the sport,” Jackson said.
Toss in three seasons of golf and you have one very appreciated athlete.
“I’m going to be sad to see Krista leave. I’ve coached her in volleyball as a freshman and three years in golf,” Huskies golf coach Cassie Desmone said. “You can’t ask for a more excellent individual all-around. She is incredible.”
Apparently, the feeling is mutual. When asked what her favorite high school sports memory was, Kedrowski’s response was all the golf outings with the team.
“Probably all my golf trips with Ms. Desmone because she’s been my best coach ever,” Kedrowski said. “She really knows the kids and she tries to get to know us.”
This is not the first honor of the year for Jackson. Earlier this year, he was selected to the Colorado Prep Football Scholar-Athlete Class of 2001 for his three years wearing the pads and playing just about every position on the field.
During the winter, his work moved to the wrestling room, where he competed for coach Jason Dutton this year.
“He finds ways to win through determination and perseverance,” Dutton said. “He wasn’t blessed with all the athletic ability, but that certainly hasn’t held him back. He’s had a very successful career. More than that, he’s just an outstanding individual all the way around. Athletics don’t define who he is, but they do shape who he is.”
The highlight of Jackson’s athletic career came in January when he placed at the Eagle Valley Invitational. This spring, he’s been out on the oval running the 800 and the 3,200 relay for the track team.
Kedrowski and Jackson are equally accomplished in the classroom. Both are in the top 10 percent in their class and are members of the National Honor Society. Kedrowski plans to attend Pepperdine University to study medicine. Jackson is off to Colorado College, where he is interested in studying history, law and political science.