Academics and a chance to help build a program are key reasons Kris Trautwein has chosen to attend Transylvania University.
Trautwein, who graduated from Western Hills last weekend, will be attending Transylvania on an academic scholarship and will be playing on the school's baseball team. Transy, as a provisional NCAA Div. III school, doesn't award athletic scholarships.
Trautwein heard from about five schools, and he narrowed his choices to Transylvania and Motlow State Community College in Tennessee before making his decision.
"It's closer to home, smaller," Trautwein said about choosing Transylvania, "and the academic reputation, in my mind, outweighed the baseball reputation of the school in Tennessee.
"It's a really good academic school," he added. "I kind of stressed out about it (the decision) for a couple of weeks, but Transylvania is right for me."
Trautwein was a four-year member of the WHHS baseball team where he was used as a pitcher and an outfielder. A member of the State Journal All-County baseball team last year, Trautwein hit .342 this season and drove in 24 runs.
He went 2-5 on the mound, facing some of the top teams on Western Hills' schedule, and had 43 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched.
"He's a great kid and a special leader," WHHS baseball coach Craig Fry said. "He worked extremely hard for us, and the younger kids saw how hard he worked to get better and they kind of followed his lead."
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