Moving on to play a sport on the college level is always an impressive accomplishment, and Rock Creek recently had two more seniors, Luke Niemeyer and Layne Turnbull, sign to play college football.
Niemeyer signed to kick for the Blue Dragons of Hutchinson Community College in central Kansas. While attending school, he will be majoring in either construction science or exercise science. Niemeyer was debating between several different schools in Kansas, but eventually decided on Hutchinson.
“I was not really for sure on where I was going to play football until I talked to Hutchinson’s coach,” Niemeyer said. “He seemed pretty cool and like he actually cared about me and my success. The scholarship also may have helped me make my decision.”
Even with issues with spraining his ankles over the last two seasons at Rock Creek, Niemeyer has proven to be a very successful kicker, making over 90 percent of his extra points and field goals.
“We have had some pretty good kickers over the years, but Luke is probably one of the best kickers that Rock Creek has ever had,” head football coach Mike Beam said.
Also moving on to play college football next year, Turnbull signed to the Greyhounds of Fort Scott Community College as a tight end. While attending Fort Scott, he will be working toward a nursing degree. Like Niemeyer, Turnbull also received a football scholarship that will help pay for his books and tuition.
“I decided on Fort Scott because I just felt like I fit in well when I went and visited the campus,” Turnbull said.
Turnbull has started for Rock Creek as a tight end for the past two seasons, recording 12 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He also recorded 40 total tackles in his senior season on defense.
“Over the last couple of years, Layne has worked his way to become one of the leaders on the offensive line,” Beam said. “If he continues to work hard, he should be fairly successful in college, too.”
Article and photo by Justin Reiss, staff technology manager