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Poletti signs with Tabor College, becoming second collegiate athlete from Watersrpings

By LUKE O’ROARK | Loroark@postregister.com

Watersprings’ Kyson Poletti signs to play football Thursday at the Watersprings’ High School gymnasium. Poletti is the second Watersprings player to sign to play collegiate athletics in the schools’ history. Photo by Luke O’Roark

Before signing to play college football Thursday, Watersprings’ school pastor and P.E. coach Scotty Brown joked that Kyson Poletti is a “bowling ball with legs.”

That “bowling ball with legs” will be running down in Kansas come the first week of August.

Surrounded by teammates, administrators and family in Watersprings’ gym, Polletti signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.

“Kyson is a true football player,” said Brown to the Watersprings’ congregation. He would later start a prayer with event goers right before Poletti signed. “He can run, he can catch, he can do it all. And it helps when you’re a bowling bowl with legs,” Brown added, prompting laughs.

“It’s like trying to tackle a tank,” Watersprings head football coach Aaron Booth said.

Poletti is the second Watersprings athlete to sign to play collegiate sports since the school opened in 1997. The first was Ben Hayes, who signed to play football with Dordt College (an NAIA school in Sioux Center, Iowa) in 2015.

“I think coming from a small school like (Watersprings), kids don’t think much of you just because you’re from a smaller school,” Poletti said. “I feel like I could’ve played at any public school. I think going up there, I’m gonna work as hard as I can to get on that field.”

Poletti was recruited to play fullback and halfback for the Bluejays, and received a scholarship offer after emailing back-and-forth with the program earlier this spring. He said he was drawn to the small-town feel of the campus of Hillsboro, which is 50 minutes north of Wichita. He said he really enjoyed the old buildings and remodeling going on in Hillsboro.

The Watersprings graduate said he will receive a partial scholarship to help cover the $38,000 out-of-state tuition to attend.

“It’s a long ways away and and that was one of my things, like, I don’t know if I want to do this, it’s a long ways away, costs a lot of money,” Poletti said. “But it’s good to take risks. Get out there, try it out, at least try it for a few years. Might as well.”

Poletti helped the Clark-Watersprings co-op football team go 7-3 last fall and reach the 1A Division II state quarterfinals. Poletti was selected to the Post Registers’ All-Area Eight Man team for his senior season.

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