A very small percentage of high school athletes get the opportunity to play at the next level. On Friday, Carroll County High School seniors Trystan Amick, Darrien Byrd, Kacey Ogburn and Caleb Stephenson jnoined that small group by announceing their college choices in soccer, football, volleyball and bass fishing.

Caleb Stephenson

Stephenson signed his letter of intent to join the bass fishing program at Campbellsville (Ky.) University, an up and coming sport now in its sixth year there.

Stephenson, who has fished at Carroll County with teammate John Glauber, recently qualified for his third consecutive KHSAA state finals and will fish compete at Kentucky Lake near Gilbertsville on Saturday.

Stephenson said one of the big reasons chose he Campbellsburg is that the college “has a great education program.”

“It is a great private college and I want to come back here and teach some day,” Stephenson said of his decision. “It’s exciting but it is not really common for a lot of people to go to the big leagues. I’m excited to do it for my school to show that kids from Carroll County can be able to do what they love.”

Trystan Amick

Amick, one of the senior leaders in the Panthers’ boys soccer program that made it to the regionals last fall, is excited to have the opportunity to continue his soccer career at Midway (Ky.) College. Amick plans to study engineering and business while at Midway.

“I really liked their campus and it fits really well with me,” Amick said. “The facility is beautiful — it’s small. I like the size of their college and I’ve been in communication with the coaches since my junior year. I’ve been to one of their camps and been emailing back and forth and hit it off ever since.”

Kacey Ogburn

Ogburn signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for Lindsey Wilson, a member of the Mid-South Conference in Columbia, Kentucky, that is affliated with the NAIA.

Ogburn, who plans to study psychology, said an added bonus is that Lindsey Wilson is a conference rival of Georgestown College, where her older sister, Stevie, currently plays volleyball.

“It’s very nerve-wracking because it is a whole new level of playing volleyball but it is very exciting to learn new skills and being better,” Ogburn said. “(Lindsey Wilson) is very good in their division and a top team in the NAIA. They feel like you’re at home when you go there. They’re really nice and are always helping you learn.”

Darrien Byrd

Byrd signed his intent to play football at the University of the Cumberlands. He is projected to play at center and he plans to study criminal justice off the field.

“I’m exciting and I’ve been waiting forever for this,” Byrd said. “I was in touch with the coaches there and I really liked them and talked about what I can do to help the team.”

Byrd had a final message for his coaches and teammates.

“Thank you for getting me here and teaching me the skills that have made me a better person and a better player in all four years I’ve been here,” Byrd said. “Thank you for being there and helping me improve myself and my skills and being there as a brotherhood.”