INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– The journey for Braden Fuszek and Kirsta Omlid to this point have been a long time coming as both found themselves signing their Letter of Intents to play their college athletics at Western Oregon University right down the road from they were at.
Fuszek described it as a dream come true as the five-ten Central Panther has an opportunity to continue to play the sport he’s been playing since middle school.
“I mean it’s been a great journey you know, middle school, just everything about football. I’m super excited to start this next chapter of my life,” said Fuszek. “It’s huge to stay home, the connections I’ve bulit. Friends and family, I get to keep those connections, still make some new ones here that are out from the area. I’m super excited about it.”
Having played offensive line for Central the past four years, Fuszek will be lining up as long snapper and linebacker for the Wolves entering his first year at the Division-II level, which is giving Fuszek a chip on his shoulder when he reports for camp.
“I’ve always been that kind of guy who always had a chip on my shoulder,” said Fuszek. “I’ve always been undersized. But it’s motivation to work harder because there’s going to be some guys who’s bigger, stronger and faster but I could always work harder than them. I could work and have more passion than them. So it’s pretty cool to have the experience and work hard everyday.”
Speaking of chip on their shoulder, Omlid, who’s signing to play volleyball at the same University that her older brother Tanner just wrapped up his college basketball career at, talked about that a chip that she has on her shoulder as she signs her Letter of Intent to play volleyball for Western Oregon University.
“It’s like, ‘if I’m too short, then I have to jump higher. If I’m too slow, then I have to be faster than anybody else that I’m competing against’,” on how the chip on her shoulder drove her at Central High School as Omlid takes her talent to WOU. “There’s definitely going to be a lot better girls that I can look up too and all the seniors on my team…I’ll definitely look up to them for mentor-ship.”
And as she put the pen to the paper, her DSK Volleyball Club team gave her a hard time from the corner of the gym as she tries to keep from cracking up laughing during the signing.
“Amazing, I love them,” said Omlid of her Club Team. “They’re my family, they’re my girls. I mean we’re all going different places, but I love them. They’ll always have a little place in my heart”