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Six Bullard athletes signed letters of intent for college scholarships on April 26 in the North Gym. How do they feel about their futures and taking their talents to the next level? We found out.

Michael Jura, golf, CSU Stanislaus.

Q. How do you prepare to play at the next level? I have prepared myself to be playing with guys that are better than me and not let it bother me. I just have to play my own game and not worry so much about the other guy.

Q. Are you nervous? I am a little nervous about playing at the next level. My first college tournament I play in will be a good experience for me, and expectation will only go up from there.

Q. Did you think this would happen? I did see playing in college coming. Seeing what kind of golfers there were at the Division 1 level and how I am better than some, I definitely saw myself playing somewhere. It was just a matter of what coach would offer me a spot.

Q. What does golf teach you about life? Golf is a game of honesty and integrity. Throughout my whole life of playing, I have definitely learned those two the hard way. But I know it will make me a better person in the future.

Jennifer Cruse, softball, Cottey College (Missouri)

Q. How do you prepare to play at the next level? I will prepare myself by practicing every day, making sure my mind is right and I’m confident going into my freshman year at college.

Q. Are you nervous? I’m more excited than nervous. I like to experience challenges, and this will be a big challenge for me. But I’m ready to play in college.

Q. Did you think this would happen? I didn’t really believe that it could happen to me. I always worked hard in hopes that it would, but when it finally did, I was relieved and excited.

Q. What does softball teach you about life? Softball has taught me to always work hard even when it gets tough. Good things will come if you work through the challenges.

Logan Kolehmainen, softball, Fairleigh Dickerson College (New Jersey)

Q. How do you prepare to play at the next level? By practicing every day on not only my weaknesses but also my strengths. I will push myself to achieve what I once thought was impossible.

Q. Are you nervous? Right now I feel nervous, as I probably will when I actually get there. But I am more excited than anything.

Q. Did you think this would happen? I’ve always worked hard towards this and, yes, I believed that I would achieve making it to the next level.

Q. What does softball teach you about life? Leadership and perseverance. I learn how to work with a team at the same time I learn how to push myself to be better.

Alyssa Busch, softball, Menlo College (Bay Area)

Q. How do you prepare to play at the next level? I have prepared with endless hours not only on the field but in the weight room to get physically and mentally ready to push myself to the limit.

Q. Are you nervous? I am nervous about playing at the highest level and moving away from home.

Q. Did you think this would happen? I have dreamed of playing college softball since I was a kid, with many bumps of coaches’ interest but never any actions. … I finally got the offer from Menlo College.

Q. What does softball teach you about life? Softball has taught me to be responsible and learn communication skills and teamwork. I personally think it has made me the person I am today.

Kimiah Johnson, volleyball, Academy of Art University (San Francisco)

Q. How do you prepare to play at the next level? I prepared mostly by playing with an older age group for most of club.

Q. Are you nervous? I’m more nervous to move to and live in San Francisco than I am to play at the collegiate level for a Division 2.

Q. Did you think this would happen? I thought receiving a scholarship was in reach and definitely achievable. But at the same time, it was in God’s hands, so if playing volleyball on scholarship was part of his plans for my life, then it would happen for me.

Q. What does volleyball teach you about life? I guess my sport teaches you that everything you do, you have to make it count – even the mistakes, because you win and lose as a team, and everyone that participated played a role in the outcome.

Araceli Mancilla, cross country and track, Fresno Pacific

Q. How do you prepare to play at the next level? I have talked to almost all of the girls on the cross country team and know that if I need any assistance, I can count on them and the coach. The distance I will run will be farther competitively but nothing I won’t be able to handle.

Q. Are you nervous? I am so nervous to start my next season of cross country and track because I know these athletes are more serious, and I need to be ready if I want to compete at another level.

Q. Did you think this would happen? I actually run in college, but I’m glad to run in the next level.

Q. What does running teach you about life? My sport teaches me to be determined and that your goals are possible. You just have to work for it.

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