He made his presence known for the Cole Camp Bluebirds basketball team this season. Averaging close to 19 points a game and 9.5 rebounds, Tanner Oelrichs helped lead the Bluebirds to a final record of 23-4 and an undefeated Kaysinger Conference season with a 9-0 mark.
But surprise, surprise, basketball is not his favorite sport.
“Football is my favorite,” said the 17-year old Oelrichs, who just finished his third season on the varsity Bluebird squad. “It’s fun being out there on the field and it is an amazing feeling to be out there playing under the lights.”
Oelrichs is a two-time All Kaysinger Conference selection at tight end and linebacker for the Bluebirds. He made first-team All District this past season at tight end and second-team All District at linebacker.
The 6-foot-5 junior also plans to play his third spring with the baseball team at Cole Camp.
With his tentative plans to attend Northwest Missouri State at Maryville and play football in college, Oelrichs is a good student. He has a 2.8 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, has not taken the ACT and did not know what his class academic ranking stood. He plans to major in conservation in college because of his love of animals.
“Academics are more important than athletics,” he said. “You don’t have the grades you sit on the bench.”
Oelrichs does not belong to any clubs or associations at the school, but just started working at the Cole Camp volunteer Fire Department.
Oelrichs has not taken any weighted courses at the high school.
Oelrichs has played basketball since he was in kindergarten in the Sedalia Parks and Rec program, later played for a team coached by his mother, Shelley (Walden) Oelrichs. He played two years of junior high basketball at the Lutheran School and just finished his third year of varsity basketball at Cole Camp High School. He made All Kaysinger Conference and was named to the All Tournament Teams at Warsaw and Stover and was the MVP of the Stover Tournament. He averages 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
He started playing football in the fourth grade in the Sedalia Youth Football League, then on a competitive team with area players, followed by two years in junior high and three years at the high school. He was naed to the KMZU Dream Team.
He started playing baseball in the Super Sevens division of the Sedalia Little League, and has played summer ball with the Cole Camp Legion team and is set to begin his third season on the diamond for the Bluebirds. He plays centerfield, first base and pitcher.
He became the first freshman to throw a varsity no-hitter at Cole Camp.
When not playing sports or going to school, Oelrichs enjoys being outdoors, and hunting and fishing.
Oelrichs has a younger sister, Alyssa, 13 and an eighth grader at the Cole Camp Lutheran School; and a younger brother, Gage, five and in kindergarten at the Lutheran School.
He is the son of Shelley and Brian Oelrichs. Cole Camp. Photo by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.