Bear signs for the Greyhounds

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Roberts High School senior Kimberly Bear (3rd right) holding brother Nathan with her family, left to right, step-dad Marvin, dad Phil, and mom Melisa. Standing behind, Roberts volleyball coaches Tess Kosel and Melissa Bertolino.

Kimberly Bear, a Roberts High School Senior, has signed for the Fort Scott Community College volleyball team, the Greyhounds.

Bear, who will be studying for an associate’s degree in applied science, 
said she is “very excited that I had the opportunity to sign for a college, especially Fort Scott.”

The Kansas-based college started to scout out Bear at the end of last year. 

“That’s when I got my first text from Aliya Higginbotham, the Greyhounds volleyball coach,” said Bear.
Higginbotham said she “came across Kimberly on a recruiting website and reached out to her in regards to how her recruiting process is going, and to see if we were a school she would be interested in.” 

Higginbotham saw something right away and believes  “Kimberly can bring a big block to our team, I would love to see her as a MB putting up a big, consistent block for us.” 

“We’re very excited. She will add on to the culture we have already established here. She will bring a lot of energy to the team,” said Coach Higginbotham.

It took Bear quite a long time to make the decision to sign up. 

“I spent a lot of time researching the school. I looked into all the programs they had and looked at what their campus was like. I also spend many days watching volleyball games. I would have to say what influenced my decision the most was the people. When we went down to Kansas to tour the school everywhere we went the people were very nice and everyone was very friendly,” she said. 

Kansas is quite a distance, 18 hours driving, and Bear admits it is a “little scary” but after visiting the school with her family she decided she wanted to do this.

“I am very excited to be somewhere other than Montana. Until I took the trip to Kansas I had only been out of Montana one other time," she said. 

Bear is impressed with Higginbotham saying she reminds her of the Roberts volleyball coach Melissa Bertolino.

“She’s going to be hard on me but it’s only to make me better. She will also be there to help me through anything in life and anything I need help with within school,” she said.  
Bear praised Coach Bertolino saying she “is the reason I am where I am at.”

“She has taught me so much about the game of volleyball and has always pushed me to be the best I could be. She always told me I could be great and I could go anywhere if I wanted it bad enough. She taught me many life lessons and I am very grateful for her. I also have to say Coach Tess Kosel is a big reason for my success. She was always there when I needed her to talk to and needed help with school. She always pushed me to be great but to have fun while playing,” said Bear.

“As a Lady Rocket, I learned the importance of teamwork. Talent is not everything on a team if you have great teamwork the team can go further than anyone imagines,” she said.
“Kimberly has truly been an impact player for us,” said Coach Bertolino. “Her leadership on and off the court will be missed next year.  Kimberly has such a strong work ethic she will do great at the next level and I can’t wait to watch her as a Greyhound next season.”