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DECEMBER 2019

Seven Vikings sign NCAA National Letters of Intent

First row, from left:  Michael Rosario, Stephen Halstead, August Haymaker and Nick Tripp. Second row from left, Jones, Jordan Dubberly, Franco Aleman, Jackson Spiller and Pickens.

Seven student-athletes from St. Johns River State College recently signed NCAA National Letters of Intent, advancing their academic and baseball careers to the university level.

Pitcher Franco Aleman, of Tampa, has signed with the University of Florida. He will transfer in the fall, and pursue a degree in sports management.

Outfielder Michael Rosario, of Gainesville, and pitcher Jordan Dubberly of Hazlehurst, Georgia, both signed with the University of Miami. Rosario will pursue a degree in business and Dubberly will study mechanical engineering.

Infielder Nick Tripp, of St. Augustine, is headed to the University of South Carolina, where he intends to major in business while playing for the Pacers.

Shortstop August Haymaker, of Orlando, signed with Lipscomb University in Nashville. He plans to major in finance and accounting.

Pitcher Stephen Halstead, of Pensacola, will head to the University of North Florida next fall to study business.

Pitcher Jackson Spiller, of Palm Coast, signed with Florida Atlantic University. He will study computer science.

Ross Jones, SJR State athletic director and head baseball coach said, "These young men have represented our college and community in a first-class and highly-principled manner and will continue to do so at the next level. We look forward to their continued growth and success.”

In 1961, the Vikings took the field for the first time and have since dedicated the past half century to building a solid reputation for producing superior student-athletes. The College has continued its tradition of producing a strong baseball program with facility improvements including a covered practice facility, dugout and field renovations, and new grandstands.

Photo caption: SJR State Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Ross Jones and SJR State President Joe Pickens stand with Viking baseball players who recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their baseball careers at the university level. First row, from left: Michael Rosario, Stephen Halstead, August Haymaker and Nick Tripp. Second row from left, Jones, Jordan Dubberly, Franco Aleman, Jackson Spiller and Pickens.

 

 

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