One of Manhattan High’s four senior football captains made his college decision official last week, signing a letter of intent with Kansas Wesleyan in front of family and friends at Manhattan High’s West Campus.
Ward, a three-year letter winner at linebacker for the Indians, said the decision came down to the family atmosphere he perceived on the Salina campus.
“When I went down there, I liked everyone on campus,” Ward said. “Everyone was nice, not just the people involved with football. It felt like a family down there and that’s what it feels like here, so I wanted to continue with that.”
Ward also mentioned the athletic facilities were a factor.
“The athletic facilities were top of the line,” he said. “I didn’t see any nicer than that. And the football team felt like a family, and the football team here is a family, so it’s nice to go from one family to another.”
Ward said he plans to major in accounting at Kansas Wesleyan. He also considered McPherson College and Benedictine College.
“I wanted to stay in-state for sure, but in the state, it didn’t really matter how far,” he said. “I wanted to be in Kansas so my parents and family can get out to my games.”
Ward helped anchor Manhattan’s defense in a year when offense was sometimes hard to find and the defense helped not only win games, but score points as well.
Kansas Wesleyan finished 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2013.