Multiple Teams · Two Jimmie Seniors Cash their Ticket


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Pictured above at Mikayla Garner (front center) and her parents, Mike and Shelly Garner, her Grandparents (in the back), Jan and Jake Hochstetler, and her two younger brothers, Braden and Sam Garner

Two more standout seniors for Jimtown have made their decision and signed their National Letter of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level.   A brief signing ceremony and celebration was held today in the Jimtown High School Lobby for Mikayla Garner (softball) and Brandon Burkhart (football)

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Mikayla and her Jimtown Softball Teammates

Mikayla Garner has been a 4 year softball player at Jimtown and been a regular starter on the team since her sophomore year.  The big-hitting 3rd baseman for the Lady Jimmies has been one of the leaders on the team in hitting and specifically home run hitting for the last couple of years.  Mikayla has not been just a home run hitter she has had an excellent overall hitting percentage and is excellent defensively on the hot corner.   Mikayla is currently one of the 6 seniors on Jimtown’s undefeated softball team.  While the season is still very young, the Lady Jimmies who are coached by Brandy Eberhart,  are gunning for a championship in the NIC South and a sectional championship.   If that happens, you can be sure that Mikayla Garner will be a big part of our success.

Mikayla will be attending Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana—“The PNW Pride”  are an NCAA Division 2 program.    They are part of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.  Great luck to Mikayla in her collegiate softball career!!


 

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Pictured above are Brandon Burkhart (front-center), his parents Scott and Tammy Burkhart and sister Jenna Burkhart

Also on Wednesday the 12th, we had the honor of hosting a ceremony for Brandon Burkhart to sign his offer to continue his athletic and academic career at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   Brandon has been a 4 year player on the Jimtown Football Team and also the Jimtown Track Team.  Brandon’s offer to play at Concordia will be for football.

Brandon has been one the fastest players on the Jimtown Football team over the past couple of years.  He played split end for the Jimmies and returned punts and kickoffs on special teams and in the defensive secondary.  One of the great highlights of Brandon’s senior season for the Jimmies was an 80 yard catch and run for a touchdown in the opening series against Elkhart Central here at Knepp Field.  He caught a seam route on the Blazers, made a quick turn and then turned on the jets.  It was a great play as Brandon out ran the coverage down the Elkhart sideline.  Brandon had several other clutch catches

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Pictured above are Brandon Burkhart, Jimtown Head Coach Mike Campbell, and other senior teammates of Brandon on the 2016 Jimtown Football team

Brandon has also been a standout track runner for Jimtown over the past 4 years.  He has been an integral part of various sprint and sprint relay events for the Jimmies.

Next Fall, Brandon will play for the Concordia University Cardinals.  Concordia participates in football and other sports in the NAIA.   The Cardinals participate in the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference).

The Cardinals are certainly going to get a great kid in Brandon Burkhart.  He cares.  He loves his school and community and is an athlete that will do whatever is asked of him and whatever it takes to be successful.  GOOD LUCK BRANDON!!

ONCE A JIMMIE…ALWAYS A JIMMIE!!