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Dreams do come true! For 2011 Trimble County High School graduate Kasi Fogle that dream was to play for a NCAA Division I-level college tennis team. With TCHS Athletic Director Frank Ragland, Superintendant Marcia Dunaway, Principal Sterling Sampson and her mother Vanita Fogle, Trimble’s tennis coach, looking on, Kasi signed a letter of intent to play for Indiana/Purdue at Fort Wayne in May.
“Kasi always wanted to play tennis at a high level and with her years of hard work and earning respect as one of the top singles players in our 8th region, she will get the chance to fullfill that dream,” Coach Vanita Fogle said in a statement.
Coach Fogle credited Milton resident Danny Burns with the contact needed at IPFW. Burns approached Coach Fogle at the Trimble County Park about how well Kasi played and felt she would be a good fit for the IPFW team. Danny’s son, Eric, is the head coach for the IPFW Mastodons and thanks to both of the Burns’ a college career begins for Kasi.
“The college search is so big and there really is a lot of competition out there,” Vanita Fogle said. “It really is a great thing when someone sees potential in one of your players, even in your own neighborhood that steps forward like this to open up a great opportunity for a player.”
Vanita said her daughter set a lot of goals for herself in high school and began to accomplish them during her junior and senior years.
“As a tennis coach of 13 years it was great to see Kasi grow and she inspired other players on the team to not give up no matter how hard the battle is on the court, and continue to work hard and become the player you want to be,” she said.
While at TCHS Kasi compiled four winning seasons and was the North Central Kentucky Conference Singles #1 Champion in 2011. She finished fourth in the 8th region meet during her senior year and was the first student athlete in Trimble history to qualify for the state high school tennis tournament.