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Passes on the writer’s torch

It’s been a nice run but I’m hanging up my cleats.

That’s the kind of thing athletes say when they retire from the sport. I’m not exactly retiring from news writing, but I am stepping aside for fresh blood.

As you might have noticed last week, The Press has a new sports writer, Jon Shumake, a recent UNF grad. He will bring a new look to covering sports.

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Summer volleyball games on tap in July

While other high school students are going to the beach and catching some sun, Heather Sulkowski’s prospective volleyball girls are hard at work getting ready for the fall. The girls who will be trying out for the volleyball team in the fall are sharpening their skills with travel ball this summer.

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UNF grad new sports editor

Sports editor Jon Shumake.

Press sports editor Jon Shumake.

Since this is probably the first time many of us are meeting, please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Jon Shumake, and I will be covering sports for The Baker County Press beginning in July.

I was born and raised on Jacksonville’s Westside and I have called Whitehouse my home for my entire life. I attended Baldwin Middle-Senior High School for most my middle and high school career, and graduated in 2008.

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Hanks is T-U Player of Year

Hunter Hanks steals third base earlier this year.

Hunter Hanks steals third base earlier this year.

Hunter Hanks proved to be one of the most versatile players in Coach Fred Matricardi’s arsenal this season. The pitcher and infielder was one of the team leaders and helped lead the Cat baseball team to a 21-6 record.

Wildcat baseball fans aren’t the only ones who appreciated what Hanks did on the mound, on the field and with a bat in his hands. He was named the Florida Times-Union’s Player of the Year.

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