Cole Camp senior Timothy Ward, a four-sport participant at the Benton County school, wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Since he spends so much time with his father, Cole Camp boys’ basketball, boys track and cross country coach Tom Ward, you can’t blame his son for wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“I want to go to college for basketball,” said the 18-year old Ward, who has received recruiting letters from the University of Central Missouri and Central Methodist College in Fayette. “I am not sure about what school I will go to yet, but I want to be a physical education teacher.”
Ward has a grade point average of 2.9, having improved from a 3.33 at the end of the previous quarter. He took the ACT Dec. 8 at State Fair Community College but had not received his results at the time of this interview. He is ranked 32nd academically out of 68 students in his senior class at Cole Camp.
He has not taken any weighted courses at Cole Camp.
“Academics are more important than sports,” said Ward. “Your grades wil get you into a good college a lot quicker than sports will.”
Besides participating in basketball, football, cross country and track at Cole Camp, Ward is a member of the C Club, sings and dances in the Show Choir, is involved in numerous community service projects, is a member of the A+ Program, is a Cadet Teacher at Cole Camp, is a Student Council Representative and, is involved in his church youth group and has worked at the Missouri State Fair the last two years.
Ward has played basketball, his favorite sport, since kindergarten. He started in youth leagues, and played several years with traveling teams and is now in his fourth season of playing on the varsity team at Cole Camp.
He was named Honorable Mention All Kaysinger Conferences his junior year and made All District the same season.
He played all but his sophomore year on the football team, playing quarterback, running back and wide receiver. He sat out his sophomore year because he wanted to try cross country. In cross country, Ward is a two-tine All Kaysinger Conference, two-time All District and a two-time Class 2 state qualifier.
In his first year in track, Ward ran the 3,200-meter, and the last two years has run the 1,600-meter, 800-meter, and has run legs of the 4 X 200-meter and 4 X 400-meter relays. He is a three-time state qualifier and in his freshman year ran on the 4 X 800-meter relay that set the school record.
“In my junior year of basketball, we won the first round of the district, beating a team we weren’t supposed to beat,” said Ward of his high school athletic highlight. “Iberia was seeded fourth and we were fifth. We beat them by 30.”
In his spare time, Ward enjoys spending time with his friends and family and his girlfriend Meagan Hare, watching sports on TV and going to college basketball games and playing video games.
Ward has one brother, Tyler Ward 16 and a sophomore at Cole Camp. He is the son of Cole Camp softball coach Terri Ward and Cole Camp boys’ basketball, cross country and track coach Tom Ward.