Jake Varble, left, and Crick Kimble
Baseball: Crick Kimble of Jersey
Kimble, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior, played a key role in Jersey High’s successful season.
He batted .319 and drove in 29 runs for the Panthers, who went 24-13 and won their first regional baseball championship since 2003.
It was Kimble’s key hit in the 10th inning that enabled the Panthers to defeat Civic Memorial, 5-3, for the Highland Class 3A Regional title. He also had two hits in their sectional semifinal loss to Mascoutah in the Triad Sectional.
On the mound, Kimble was equally effective. He posted a 5-3 record and logged a 2.76 ERA in 58.2 innings. Kimble recorded 42 strikeouts and teamed with Jake Varble as Jersey’s top pitchers.
Baseball: Jake Varble of Jersey
Another junior, Varble did it all in helping the Panthers enjoy their most fulfilling season in years.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder, also a standout football and basketball player, teamed with Crick Kimble to give Jersey a formidable 1-2 look at the top of its pitching rotation.
Varble compiled a 7-3 record and registered a 2.81 ERA in emerging as Jersey’s biggest winner. He pitched into the eighth inning of the regional championship game against CM at Highland.
Also an infielder, Varble batted .333 with four home runs and 29 RBIs. Jersey secured its first regional title since 2003 and its sixth overall. The Panthers’ 24 wins were two shy of the school record – 26 in 1995.