By Greg Bates
ACN & Times-Press sports correspondent
Ever since they were little, Josh and Jenna Krause have been competitive.
There weren’t many summer days that went by without the siblings heading outside to shoot hoops. Two minutes into a relaxed shootaround, a game of one-on-one would break out.
It was a fierce battle.
“I would like to say that I’m pretty sure I broke Josh’s ankles at some point,” Jenna joked.
“And I popped her elbows out once,” interrupted Josh.
“Hey, that was not nice,” Jenna said.
The fraternal twins would even bring their game inside on a Nerf hoop.
“When we were younger, I don’t know how old we were, 4 or 5 maybe, we were playing basketball in the basement because we were short enough to play in the basement,” Jenna recalled. “There was like a loose ball and I dove on it and Josh popped my elbows out of the socket.”
The two can laugh about the incident now, but at the time it wasn’t too funny.
But the two love to have fun. And they love to have fun together.
Josh and Jenna have carried over their love of competition into high school and have each been three-sport stars at Seymour Community High School. The two are finally seniors and their time at Seymour is starting to dwindle.
Josh plays football, basketball and competes in track and field, while Jenna is in volleyball, basketball and track and field.
For how competitive Josh and Jenna are, there’s a natural sibling rivalry.
“There’s a rivalry just because we’re twins and we compete over like the smallest little things,” Jenna said. “Who can win first or who can get the most wins or whatever. We have fun, and it’s all in good spirits.”
But when it comes down to it, the two support each other more than anything.
“It was more along the lines of, we’re going to try our best and we’re going to support each other through good times and bad, as it always is,” Jenna said. “We want to try and embrace all the memories that we can make.”
Added Josh: “We support each other through thick and thin and just kind of be there for each other.”
During the fall season when Josh wasn’t busy with football, he attended Jenna’s volleyball games. Vice versa, when Jenna didn’t have volleyball on a Friday night, she was in the stands for Josh’s game.
“They really do support one another,” said Matt Molle, who is the Seymour football coach and an assistant track and field coach. “When you talk to them together, they’re fun to be with. When you get a chance to talk to them and hear them talk about each other, you can tell they’re really good support systems for each other. They both take a lot of pride in what the other one does.”
With basketball season in full swing, it’s a bit tougher for the two to attend each other’s games since they oftentimes land on the same night.
But after a game, the two will certainly fill one another in on their performance for their respective team.
“I know they’re very supportive of one another,” Seymour boys basketball coach Jon Murphy said. “He’s a fan of hers and she’s a big fan of his. I know it’s a close family.”
Every little thing turns competitive for Josh and Jenna. Take, for instance, their age. The two turned 18 on Nov. 29, and Jenna is 40 minutes older. That certainly gives her bragging rights.
“I definitely use it to my advantage,” Jenna said laughing.
“Over Christmas I didn’t want to get up from where I was at one of our Christmas parties and get the presents to hand out to everybody,” Jenna said. “I was like, ‘Josh, I’m older. I can’t move as well as you can. You can go get the presents for everybody.”
Josh won’t let that slide. He’s always quick to respond.
“I’m more inexperienced, so you have more experience, you can go do it,” Josh said.
“My response to that is, ‘You need a little bit more practice, so you can go do it,’” quipped Jenna.
Since the two are older now, do Josh and Jenna still make it out to the driveway for a little one-on-one?
“Once in a while,” Josh said.
“We haven’t in a while,” Jenna piped in.
“I’d probably end up hurting her,” said Josh.
“It’s no fair,” Jenna said.
Yeah, it’s not fair any longer since Josh is a touch under 6-foot-6 and his sister stands 5-foot-8. But basketball is Jenna’s main sport, while Josh thrives at football.
Jenna is having another phenomenal season on the court. As of Jan. 1, she is averaging 14 points, 6.4 assists and 3.1 steals per season for football, he led the team in catches (38), receiving yards (562) and touchdown catches (7). As a safety, he also had 40 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions.
Josh and Jenna both enjoy competing in three sports and being busy all the time. There isn’t much down time for either student-athlete.
“I guess you just kind of get used to it,” Josh said. “Days when we don’t have practice you don’t really know what to do.”
For how great of athletes Josh and Jenna have become, they are just as accomplished in the classroom. Both have grade point averages just a shade under 4.0.
“They’re amazing in the classroom and they’re really good people,” coach Murphy said. “They’re great kids to have on a team, and I think most of the guys on the team would tell you that Josh and Jenna are great teammates.”
Because they’re such strong student-athletes, colleges swarmed after each of them during the recruiting process.
“Those two are no-brainers in terms of a recruiting standpoint because they’re such good kids and raised correctly, have a nice family and then the athletic piece,” coach Molle said. “As a recruiter, that’s an easy sell for bringing somebody like that on your campus. They’ve worked hard to get where they are at.”
Josh will be headed to Division II St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., to play football and Jenna is off to Division II McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., to play basketball.
It’s not every day that twins both earn athletic scholarships. That is just a testament to their work ethic and athletic ability.
“That’s pretty cool,” Josh said. “That’s always been my dream and I know that’s been her dream.”
“I think it’s mind-blowing because not very many people can say that they’re going to go compete at Division II or college level let alone two people from the same family,” said Jenna, who is debating getting a degree in psychology or engineering. “We’re pretty lucky.”
Since Josh and Jenna will be 9 ½ hours apart from each other come fall, they definitely will miss one another. But the pair will certainly be in touch via text, Snapchat and other technological means.
They will also follow each other’s teams and root for their sibling.
“I’ll probably look up stats of her games,” said Josh, who would like to pursue a job in electrical engineering. “If there are any games close, if I don’t have class I’ll try to make a few.”
Jenna will try to attend any of Josh’s road games that might be a little closer. The two will make it work. That’s a guarantee.
But Josh and Jenna agree it is going to be weird not being able to see each other every night and chat.
“Through both of our recruiting processes the coaches would be like, ‘Oh, is your twin a factor in choosing a college?’” Jenna said. “And it’s a hard question, because I was like, ‘We’ve been together for so long it will be weird not to have him with me at college. But then again, we’ve been together for so long that we probably need to not be together in college.”
Fraternal twins, Josh and Jenna Krause.
– Submitted photo
By Greg Bates