Role models are important role players in the lives of high school athletes. It could be someone that plays the same sport that they do or just someone that lives the kind of life that they want to. Karlee Jacobs says that the people that have had the biggest influence on her life are those that she has looked up to for as long as she can remember.
“My role models are my older siblings,” she said. “I have watched them grow up to be successful adults and I hope to be like them when I grow up.”
Jacobs, who is a senior at Tonkawa High School, is a member of the Buccaneers’ basketball and track teams. She is also a part of the National Honor Society, Humanitarian Club, and the Catholic youth group.
As a two-sport athlete, Karlee has invested a lot to become the athlete that she is today. She says that the work has been worth it because she has experienced a lot of memorable moments during the competition.
“I have spent a lot of time in the gym,” she said. “I try to stay fit during the offseason so I will be ready when the season comes around. Out of all of the things that have happened, I think that beating Morrison during my junior homecoming would have to be my highlight moment.”
Though she has put in a lot of work, Jacobs says that all of her teammates have also played a big role in her success.
“My sister is probably the teammate I enjoy working against the most,” she said. “She does not go easy on me at all. I have to work on everything I get. The most underrated player on our team is Sydnee. She is our only true post but she can shoot the ball from anywhere.”
When she is not competing or practicing her sports, Karlee likes to check her social media accounts. She says that she has one person that she really enjoys following.
“Ochai Agbaji is a great follow on social media,” she stated. “He played for the University of Kansas and now plays in the NBA. I like to watch him play.”