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Athlete of the week: Maddie Jacob, Zimmerman, softball: Worth the wait
Maddie Jacob wasn’t eligible for varsity sports at Zimmerman until her junior year, due to a transfer, but once she was able to suit up, the Thunder added a smart, talented, level-headed veteran in three sports.
Jacob, who got the school’s Athena Award as top senior athlete, made all-conference as a softball leadoff hitter and center fielder as a junior, and has started this season 7-for-11 with five stolen bases in three games.
She was twice all-conference as a defender in soccer, which will be her college sport at University of Sioux Falls. She also played basketball and was a captain in all three sports.
“She is very mature, does everything you ask and works hard every day,” softball coach Emily Zahn said. “She plays through pain, never complains, leads by example and gets along great with teammates.”
Jacob attended PACT Charter in Ramsey through ninth grade and played varsity in all three sports during junior high. When PACT’s co-op with Spectrum dissolved, the rosters got a little sparse. That’s when Jacob, whose family now lives in Zimmerman, decided to switch schools.
She played on Thunder JVs her sophomore year; that’s the rule if you transfer after ninth grade. But she was worth waiting for.
In soccer, her best and favorite sport, Jacob helped Zimmerman generate their two best back-to-back seasons, 9-6-2 her junior year and 12-4-2 as a senior with two playoff wins before losing to section champion Princeton 1-0.
“Maddie helped to take soccer to the next level with her leadership and role-modeling,” coach Jeff Downing said. “More than an awesome defender, Maddie is one of the best teammates anyone could ask for. She is full of grace, and very humble and always seeks ways to make her team better.”
Jacob played center back, the last line of defense, and was a key cog as the Thunder set a school record for wins (12), shutouts (seven) and goals allowed (56) last fall. The team struggled when she took a break, Downing noted. Her strong leg provided quality corner kicks and smart passes to teammates in transition and she was the go-to player on restarts, both throw-ins and free kicks.
In softball, once Zahn got her on varsity, the coach convinced her to switch from right-handed to the left side and become a “slap” hitter to capitalize on her speed. Jacob batted .317 with 13 stolen bases last year.
“I think it’s working out pretty well,” Jacob said. “I try to get the ball on the ground and beat out hits. I’ve learned to place the ball better, too, to the outfield.”
Jacob was an off-guard on the 12-15 basketball team this winter, contributing in several areas while not excelling in any. She averaged 6.2 points with a high game of 17.
Jacob said her top sports thrill is the soccer team breaking those school records last fall. Her school highlights also include getting Student of the Year at both PACT and ZHS in ninth and 10th grades, respectively.
Jacob has one more prep season to do something special as the softballers have all but one starter back from a 12-9 team.
“I think we really do have potential,” Jacob said. “My biggest goal is to just play as well as we are capable, but of course, I would really like to make state with this team.”
THE JACOB SCORECARD
Personal file — Age: 18 … Family: parents Steve and Cindy; sisters Eliza and Katie, brother Zach … Sports: soccer, basketball, soccer … Other activities: National Honor Society … Academics: 4.05 GPA … College plans: University of Sioux Falls, soccer, possibly accounting
Favorite stuff — Class: AP calculus … TV show: “Blacklist” … Music: southern gospel … Reading: the Bible … Food: Chinese fare and ice cream … Drink: chocolate milk … Team: Twins … Athletes: Andrew Wiggins, Byron Buxton …. Non-sports interest: ceramics class …. Wants to visit: “China, because my younger brother and sister are from there.”
Zimmerman nominates Jurik, Kossilla for Triple-A awards
Nicole Jurik and Patrick Kossila are Zimmerman’s nominees for the Triple-A Awards, a Minnesota State High School League program honoring seniors for achievements in arts, academics and athletics.
Jurik is active in cross-country (state qualifier in 2013), track and National Honor Society, and carries a 3.863 GPA. She plans to major in business or marketing at Wisconsin-River Falls and continue running.
Kossila is a music standout, leading the saxophone section of the band, playing piano in the jazz band and soloing on piano with the Wind Symphony. He also is a creative arranger of music. In sports, he participates in basketball and wrestling. He recently became an Eagle Scout.
Zimmerman’s ExCEL choices are Cameron, Peoples
Nolan Cameron and Summer Peoples are Zimmerman’s nominees for the ExCEL Award, a Minnesota State High School League program to honor juniors for school and community involvement.
Peoples is in cross-country, track, dance team, yearbook, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, LINK (mentoring) and IMPACT (leadership), and is a school and church volunteer for several projects for elementary kids. She has a 3.863 GPA. She’s leaning toward the medical field.
Cameron is involved in drama, National Honor Society, Diggin’ Diversity and track (captain). He has a 3.53 GPA and hopes to go into computer technology.
What We Do
The Zimmerman Booster Club would like to thank the many volunteers currently involved, now and from the past. It takes many volunteers coming together to make a difference.
As a Booster Club we are interested in any ideas you may have to better our student’s experiences here at Zimmerman middle school and high school.
Getting involved in your school through the Booster Club is fun and a great way to meet other adults and faculty. We are always looking for people to help with ideas and the planning of Booster Club activities. Everything we do benefits the students of our school and community. We support our Academics, Arts and Athletics. Come check out what we are up to!
Booster Club meetings are always the 2nd Monday of each month, except when there is no school that day. Then it will be the following Monday. Meetings are at 7:00 in the ZHS media center. Please Come and Check It Out!
We are always interested in your thoughts, please come to any meeting and help make a difference.
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