Lo­cal ballplayer earns schol­ar­ship from US univer­sity

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie

A lo­cal ball player has re­ceived a $9,000 schol­ar­ship to play at the Univer­sity of Jamestown in North Dakota.

Cody Thomp­son, 17, will play for Jamestown in the fall af­ter re­ceiv­ing a joint aca­demic and ath­letic schol­ar­ship for his work play­ing AAA base­ball for the Cal­gary Red­birds for three years and for his Grade 12 year this year at the Bad­lands Base­ball Academy in Oyen.

Thomp­son, a big hit­ter weigh­ing 250 lbs. at only 6 feet in height, fin­ished the fall sea­son bat­ting .450 and is cur­rently rid­ing a 12 game hit­ting streak in the spring sea­son. He’s de­scribed as a five-tool player, with a hot bat, great speed for his size, a good glove, and a de­cent arm.

Thomp­son said his last year at the Oyen academy has paid div­i­dends and was part of his ap­peal to the Jamestown scouts.

“I’ve ma­tured since go­ing and have be­come a lot more responsible. (The academy) has you do­ing stuff on your own for the most part. I’ve been told that some schools like the fact that we live with­out our fam­i­lies be­cause we’re used to be­ing away from home and it’s eas­ier for us to make the move,” said Thomp­son.

Thomp­son played AAA ball for the Cal­gary Red­birds for three years, while at­tend­ing DVSS in Drumheller, af­ter ded­i­cat­ing him­self wholly to ball and drop­ping hockey, his mother Marcy Thomp­son said.

“He’s made a lot of sac­ri­fices get­ting to where he is. He’s still got a cou­ple of re­ally good friends here but he’s lost touch with some in Drumheller. But he’s found a great fam­ily in Oyen. His team spends all their time to­gether,” she said.

“The ultimate goal would to en­ter the mi­nors then the ma­jors,” Cody said, but right now he said he will fo­cus on play­ing well at Jamestown while work­ing on a busi­ness man­age­ment de­gree.

The Jamestown Jim­mies just fin­ished a strong sea­son with a record of 52-11 but were beat out in the NSAA semi­fi­nals.

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Lo­cal ball player Cody Thomp­son, cen­tre, re­ceived a $9,000 joint aca­demic and ath­letic schol­ar­ship to play at the Univer­sity of Jamestown this fall. Thomp­son played AAA ball in Cal­gary while at­tend­ing DVSS un­til Grade 11, where he fin­ished his fi­nal year at the Bad­lands Base­ball Academy where he bat­ted .450 last fall.

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