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June 4, 2020

4/15/2020 1:25:00 PM
The season that never was, continued
The coaches of the Jennings County High School baseball, softball, boys golf and girls tennis teams talk about their seniors; last week the seniors of the boys and girls track and field teams were featured. Seniors lost their spring sports season because of the state's Stay at Home order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


Haley Engelking

Haley played as a pitcher, 3rd baseman and shortstop. She is planning to attend Olney Central College to study physical therapy or criminal justice, and to play softball.

Favorite memory: Hitting a walk off homerun after being frustrated with my hitting all game.

What I'll miss most: I will miss my teammates the most.

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Gard. I spent more time in her class than any others. I was her teacher assistant for three years and I talked to her about everything.

Lexi South

Lexi played shortstop and plans to attend Indiana University, where she plans to study psychology.

Favorite memory: Winning the sectional.

What I'll miss most: The feeling you get after a big win and playing with my best friends.

Favorite teacher: Mr. Hovious. He allows me to be creative and helps with more than just art.

Carissa Sabelhaus

Carissa's position was catcher. She plans to attend IU Southest, where she will study neuroscience in preparation for medical school.

Favorite memory: Being a leader, and being part of the team.

What I'll miss most: I will miss running with the distance crew.

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Ertel. She's always gotten the best out of me and pushed me.


Jakob Kirby
Position: outfield

Coach's comments: Jakob played baseball all four years while at JCHS.

He is a pleasant, mature young man who puts forth maximum effort in all that he does. Jakob is a joy to be around, and has a great sense of humor. He is an excellent teammate, and always put his teammates first. Jakob is always trying to get better at his craft, and he was always trying to help his teammates get better.

Owen Miller

Position: infield, relief pitcher

Coach's comments: Owen played baseball all four years while at JCHS.

He is an admirable young man who goes all out to be the best he can be at everything he does. He was devoted to his team, always communicating and working with/helping his teammates.

Jaydan Vanosdol

Position: utility player and pitcher

Coach's comments: Jaydan played baseball all four years while at JCHS.

He is a wonderful young man who displays a relentless effort to work hard to get better at whatever he is doing.

Jaydan is a very easygoing, humble, respectful individual. He is always trying to hone his craft by putting in extra time and work. Jaydan always has a great attitude, which was evident because he always did what the coaches asked of him. He always put teammates first.

Kyle Wilson

Position: 1st baseman, pitcher

Coach's comments:

Kyle played baseball all four years while at JCHS.

He is a tremendous young man who strived to get better each and every day at school, at football and baseball, and at life.

Kyle was always trying to get better at his craft by putting in time after practice. He is a great teammate and even a better person. Kyle is an absolute joy to be around.

Girls Tennis

Abby Rowlett

Coach's comments: Abby has been a valuable member of JCHS tennis for the past three years. She is an incredibly coachable, bright, and talented young lady.

Abby first started playing tennis her freshman year in high school, earning a junior varsity letter. The following year, she earned a varsity letter playing matches at No. 2 doubles and one match at No. 1 singles.

This season, Abby was penciled in to play one of the four doubles positions. She finished her varsity career with a 75 percent winning percentage.

Ellie Hearne

Ellie plans to attend Ball State University to study chemistry, with plans to become a physician's assistant. Her favorite memory is "belting out our favorite songs" while on the bus to matches.

Coach's comments: Ellie has been a leader for us since stepping on the court her freshman year.

She earned varsity letters in all three seasons by playing No. 1 doubles, No. 3 singles, and No. 1 singles, respectively.

In the 2019 season, while compiling a 9-8 record a No. 1 singles, Ellie earned 1st team HHC All-Conference honors, as well as a share of team most valueable player.

An outstanding young lady, she was an asset to the tennis program and to JCHS and the community as a whole.

Haylie May

Coach's comments: Haylie first picked up a tennis racquet at the start of the tennis season her freshman year.

She has played junior varsity all three years with the primary emphasis being in doubles. She has a great attitude, good sense of humor, and an infectious personality.

Although a vote was not taken, her light-hearted approach would probably lend itself to earning many votes for being a team favorite.

Boys Golf

Adam Leach

Adam plans to attend IU Southeast, where he will study marketing and sales.

Favorite memory: Going to regionals and hitting a hole in one.

What I'll miss: I will miss all of my teammates, especially the other seniors. We had a great opportunity to bring a sectional win to Jennings County for the first time in a long time. I'll also miss Coach Bingham. He started coaching my freshman year and has been a great asset to JCHS golf.

Favorite JCHS staff member: Mr. Roller. He cares so much for Jennings County, and I love hearing his speeches. They motivate me. I'm truly blessed to have him as a principal.

Connor Cook

Connor plans to attend Purdue University, where he will study industrial management.

Favorite memory: My favorite memory of golf has to be when I shot my best round with a nine-hole score of 43. .

What I'll miss: I will miss most spending time with my teammates at practice, on the bus, or after matches.

Favorite JCHS staff member: Ms. Stacy Bezy. I have known her since freshman year when I had her for homeroom. She is my favorite because she is always ready to listen, and she is always nice to everyone she meets.

Joe Kelley

Joe plans to attend Indiana University. He is undecided regarding his major.

Favorite memory: Our many stops at Culvers to get food/ice cream after golf meets.

What I'll miss: I will miss getting to compete in one of my favorite sports day in and day out and I will miss the friendships and bonds that golf has helped me to make and develop.

Favorite JCHS staff member: Ben Jaquess, because of his ability to manage to be a father, teacher, and mentor to his students. He can balance being a great teacher with being a great role model.

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