Catching up to ball carriers and quarterbacks is second nature to Hays High's middle linebacker Mikey Hester (6'1", 210 pounds), one of Kansas Class 5A's leading tacklers with 128 during his senior season, and a first-team All 5A selection by Kansas coaches.
However, catching up with Hester
is not as easy, at least this month.In fact, before June is out, he'll be playing his
sport on the other side of the world. His
travel itinerary took him to Hawaii on June 20th, and shortly after that to Australia to participate in an event called the "Down Under Bowl."
Like many of his
Shrine Bowl counterparts, Hester
is far from a one-dimensional athlete.In fact, he
will tell you that academics have always come first.His
high school record attests to that: he
graduated in the top 5 percent of his
class at Hays (he only had 2 "B's" in high school), he
was on the honor role, and was inducted into the National Honor Society
has also been active in his
church, participating in a mission trip to Colorado two years ago to help build a camp, and has been involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Hays.
Hester plans to stay in Hays and attend Ft. Hays State University
this fall, majoring in computer graphics design.He was a member of Hays High's Web Design team, and plans to pursue a career path in business and computer graphics.
Don't think that traveling to Hawaii and Australia has diminished his
enthusiasm for playing in the Shrine Bowl."I can't wait," he