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Scholar-athletes: Edmond Santa Fe's Ty Hensley accomplished off the field too

From volunteer work to classroom success, New York Yankees draftee is more than a baseball player.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 7, 2012

Just more than a week after being drafted by the New York Yankees, Edmond Santa Fe's Ty Hensley was at a baseball field in Yukon.

He wasn't playing — Hensley hasn't played in a game since the Wolves' season ended at the Class 6A state tournament in late May.

Hensley was serving as the honorary captain for a T-ball team in the Spirit League, a league for children with disabilities.

The team has several players who are patients at The Children's Center in Bethany, where Hensley has volunteered since the first of the year.

He also finished near the top of his class with a GPA around 3.67 and a scholarship to Mississippi, where he's already been accepted into the engineering program.

While Hensley has accomplished plenty on the baseball field, he's so much more.

His combination of athletic and academic accomplishment earned Hensley the Bob Colon Scholarship. It is presented by The Oklahoman and the Jim Thorpe Association to the top male high school scholar-athlete in the Oklahoma City area.

Hensley arrived at Edmond Santa Fe from Kansas just two weeks before the beginning of his freshman year, not knowing anyone at the school. Duke von Schamann was the Wolves' senior star that season. Von Schamann immediately took Hensley under his wing.

“You'd think being the lone freshman on the team, everybody would try to give you a hard time and mess with you,” Hensley said. “But Duke, right from the get-go, Duke and Tyler Sturges, they put me on their shoulders. They made me feel like I was part of the team.

“Of course, you had your little jokes and pranks, but they made it clear that there wasn't going to be any of that hostility and negative environment.”

It's a lesson Hensley remembered through his four years at Santa Fe, where he became the most decorated baseball player in the program's history.

As a senior, he was 10-0 with a 1.52 ERA, striking out 111 in 55 1/3 innings and helping the Wolves reach the state semifinals.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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