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Bennington’s Tyler Stanley: Salina Area Outdoors Spotlight – Presented by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Bennington High School senior Tyler Stanley is a multi-sport student-athlete, but away from school he is an outdoorsman thank to his father and brothers. 

“I have been bow hunting deer for the last six years, but have always gone hunting with my dad, Darren, and two brothers, Derek and Jacob,” said Stanley. “We also love to fish, whether at our farm ponds or setting trout lines on the Solomon River. I was raised on a cattle ranch my whole life and have helped with that and cut and baled hay for our operation and for our neighbors. My dad started us all out hunting and loving the outdoors. My two brothers got compound bows and I decided that I wanted to try that too. With living on a farm, most of my life growing up was spent outdoors.”

Stanley loves being in nature and believes it’s important for people to reconnect with the outdoors. 

“I feel that it’s a release from the stress of everyday life. When you are sitting in the tree stand, or walking in a field, you are focused on one thing and not worried about the rest of life. It also helps you enjoy God’s creation.

As a student-athlete at Bennington High School, Stanley has played football, basketball and baseball all while belonging to several clubs. 

“I’m in Mentor Magic (mentoring an elementary student all four years of high school), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior Counselor for Kanukuk KampOut at our church, and Bennington Bible, during the summers,” said Stanley. 

Some of his favorite memories of his high school career have come from playing sports with his friends. 

“My favorite memories are the sports that I participated in and the friends that I made while attending BHS,” said Stanley. 

Stanley said the accomplishment he is most proud of is accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and savoir. Stanley said, “all the rest that I get from the world is just extra.”

Family is important to Stanley and his parents have supported him unconditionally. 

“My parents have been a big influence in my life, not only teaching me about how to go about my life but to live it the right way,” said Stanley. 

As for his future, Stanley would like to play baseball at the next level while pursuing his degree. 

“I am undecided at this point on where I will attend college and what I will major in, but I would love to play baseball in college if given the opportunity.” 

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