Sims signs with Morthland
by Lori Tippets
May 07, 2013 | 2032 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Surrounded by his teammates, family and friends, Jacksonville High School senior Tanner Sims signed a scholarship on Friday to play baseball at Morthland College.

Established in 2010, Morthland is located in West Frankfort, Illinois. Sims will be a part of the college’s first baseball team.

A varsity player for four years, Sims has been named to the All-County and All-County tournament teams.

JHS Head Coach David Deerman said that Sims has been more than just a great baseball player. “He has been an asset, he has been a great person, number one, and that’s what we want our kids to be.

“Tanner is not a vocal leader, he is a leader by example. He’s always where he is supposed to be, on time. He leads by example through his work ethic.

“It has been nice to see him progress through the years; he’s gotten better and better each year.

“I thought he had a really good year this year. He developed into a good player and got himself ability wise good enough to play at the next level. As a program, we’re certainly proud of him for that.

Sims made a visit to Morthland College in January and found that he really liked it. “It’s a Christian school,” explained Sims, “it’s small and I liked the coach a lot.”

Sims plans on majoring in business management.

Of the memories that he will take with him from JHS, Sims says that the first and second round of playoffs this season will stick with him the most. “Just trying to make a run; it didn’t work out but I had fun.”

Tanner is the son of Emily and Lamar Sims.
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