Cole Camp R-1 graduate Brendan Rusk’s high school career was full of accolades on and off of the sports field. While Rusk was named All Conference and All District several times in baseball, football, and basketball, he also managed an impressive 3.8 GPA, as well as an ACT score of 24.
“You can’t play without good grades”, said Rusk. “It seems like doing well in class leads to doing well on the field. I like to succeed.”
Baseball is his favorite of the sports he competed in, Rusk said. “I’ve been playing since I was three, starting with T-Ball.”
Rusk will be attending Central Methodist University in Fayette this fall, where he will continue playing baseball and major in Criminal Justice. “I want to be an investigator. I like science and helping people, so the two go together.”
The highlight of his time at Cole Camp was “Winning the district tournament. This was the third championship we’ve been in. Coming out and winning by one, beating Skyline as the #2 seed was pretty great.”
Along with being active in sports, Rusk was also a member of the Science Club, Cole Camp’s show choir, The National Honor Society, and the C-Club. In his free time, he likes to hunt and fish. “I don’t really like being inside that much,” he said.
Sports, particularly baseball, are a bit of a family affair for Rusk. His father Todd served as his coach in Cole Camp. His older brother Tyler, also a Cole Camp graduate, currently plays baseball for Crowder in Neosho.
When asked if he had any aspirations to one day play sports professionally, Rusk remains realistic, saying “Obviously if I can make it to the next level, I’ll definitely try. I have goals, but I understand that it takes a lot to get there.”