Christian County student-athlete Jase Polley waited a long time to decide where he was going to school, but he wanted to make sure the school he chose was the right one.
The two-sport athlete (football, baseball) made his decision Wednesday afternoon, choosing to continue his athletic career at Union College.
"I just wanted to make sure that this was the place that I wanted to go," Polley said. "This is the school I wanted to go to for the next four years."
Polley said when it came down to the time to make a decision, playing for the Bulldogs was the right choice.
"I guess just how friendly the people were and how good I got along with them," he said. "They were so nice up there and the coaches were pretty cool. I thought that was really nice of them and I liked it."
Polley excelled on both the football field and the baseball diamond, but will play football at Union.
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baseball if his role on the football field isn't major at the start.
"I plan on playing baseball," Polley said. "They said they would let me, but if I was going to be a main starter for football, they didn't want me playing because they wanted me for football."
Polley, who played on the defensive line and at linebacker, finished with 81 total tackles on the season (30 solo, 51 assisted), nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, an interception and a safety in his senior season. After the football season came to a close, Polley shifted to baseball, where he was the Colonels' first baseman.
The senior finished his senior year with a .363 batting average, which was third on the team. He led the team with eight doubles, two home runs and 23 RBIs on the year.
Polley also leaned on his two coaches -- baseball coach Trey Wheeler and football coach Steve Lovelace -- and said the two became like family to him throughout his years as a Colonel.
"They were huge," he said. "Anytime I needed a ride, they would come get me. Anytime I needed a ride home, they would take me. They were like dads. They pretty much did anything I needed for them to do for me, and I just want to thank them for that."
With a little time left before he steps foot on campus, Polley said he hopes to improve on some things heading into his first collegiate season.
"Definitely going to work on my speed," he said. "I'm pretty quick for my size, but I'd like to get a little quicker. Work on my weight a little bit -- try to get down a little bit and just get stronger."
Union College is an NAIA school stationed in Barbourville. The Bulldogs' football team finished 2-8 during the 2018 season. The baseball team concluded its year 27-25.