Head over to the MU Student Recreation Center and you are likely to find Hickman guards Jodi and Amy Bolerjack shooting around as their father, Paul Bolerjack, stands under the basket and feeds the ball back to his daughters.
Jodi and Amy Bolerjack each make 1,200 shots a day. On weekends, the twins will spend up to four hours shooting around. Adding in a few misses here and there, Jodi estimates she probably shoots 1,500 shots each day.
How much has all that shooting helped the Bolerjacks’ games?
“It pretty much is our game,” Jodi Bolerjack said. “Amy and I like to stand outside and shoot.”
All that shooting is paying off. On Wednesday afternoon at Hickman, in front of family, friends and coaches, the Bolerjack twins signed letters of intent to continue their careers at the University of Wyoming. Brenna Schlader also signed; she will play volleyball at Southeast Missouri State.
Kaela Rorvig plans to sign with the MU track team, but she will do so next Tuesday so her father and sister will be able to attend.
Amy Bolerjack led Hickman in scoring last season at 17.7 points per game. Named to the All-State team, she shot 51 percent from the field and 48 percent from the three-point line.
“Everybody we play knows they’re going to be shooting them,” coach Tonya Mirts said. “So a lot of (defenders) are contesting, and they still shoot that percentage.”
Jodi Bolerjack missed much of last season after she tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in October. She returned in January, and says she is feeling 100 percent.
Staying together in college was a priority for the Bolerjacks.
“I don’t think I could ever imagine us not living in the same town,” Jodi Bolerjack said.
With practice underway, the Bolerjacks have been forced to limit time at the Rec Center. Don’t count on that lasting too long.
“With three hour practices, I haven’t gotten there that much this week,” Amy Bolerjack said. “But once practices start to cut back, I’ll be there.”
Schlader, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker, helped lead the Kewpies to a 32-2 record and its first district title in 12 years.
She said she spent some of Wednesday worrying about what would happen if her pen didn’t write when she tried to sign.
The pen worked, but Schlader had some trouble anyway.
“I think I missed the ‘d’,” Schlader said. “I think it’s just like, Brenna Schlaer.”
Coach Greg Gunn said SEMO is getting more than just a great volleyball player.
“Everybody loves Brenna,” he said. “She works really hard, and she’s a straight shooter. You can take her at face value. She’s not hiding anything, she’s not pretentious … she tells you what’s on her mind.”
Rorvig, a two-time defending state champion in the 400-meter run, said the coaching staff and athletes made MU feel like the right fit for her. The location didn’t hurt, either; her family doesn’t have to travel far to watch her compete.