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SHS' Jackson moving on

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sikeston senior Josh Jackson is shown with his family and coaches.
SIKESTON -- After a solid three-year varsity career for the Bulldogs, Sikeston High School senior Josh Jackson will be taking his services to the next level at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal, Mo.

Jackson thinks the small college that competes in NAIA Division I was the perfect fit.

"I had a tryout with them when I practiced with the team," said Jackson, 18. "They all seemed really nice and I just thought I fit in there. I really like the coaches. They all have really good Christian attitudes. I like the fact that it's a Christian college and that I could learn more about God and learn to love him more."

Sikeston baseball coach Kevin Self thinks Jackson will be able to contribute immediately.

"I think it will be a great opportunity for him to continue to play baseball -- I think he'll have an opportunity to play real soon," said Self. "He'll continue to get bigger and stronger and I think he'll be a big asset for them in a year or two."

Currently, Jackson has led his Bulldog team to the Class 3, District 1 championship. The Bulldogs play Farmington tomorrow in a sectional game.

Jackson is batting .387 with 24 RBIs, three home runs and 26 runs scored. He was named first team all-SEMO Conference.

"He's started since he was a sophomore -- he's had a really good career here," said Self. "He had a good year his sophomore year and this year he had a really good year. He's had a really consistent year."

Jackson spends most of his time playing outfield for the Bulldogs, but he also has played some third base.

"The one thing he does is he runs well," said Self. "That's going to help him in all aspects of the game -- defense, base running, hitting. I think he's physically strong enough to play now. He's been on the weights so I think he's ready to go. The one thing he'll have to do at the next level is hit the ball the other way."

Hannibal-LaGrange head baseball coach Clay Biggs, who was present in Sikeston for the signing, said he knew Jackson would fit in with his program after meeting him in person.

"Josh is talented, but when I got a chance to meet with him and his family I knew that he was a quality individual and that he would fit right in with our team," said Biggs. "He does everything really well. I think he'll be a good hitter for us. He's very natural with his baseball ability. He'll transition well to the college level."

In addition to baseball, Jackson also received varsity letters in football and basketball this year.