As we start the spring season, we finish up some leftover business.
Back in the fall we should have had Chenango Forks senior as an academic all star after he tied the single season interceptions.
Then in the winter, we meant to have him again as a basketball player.
Now after a season of waiting, we finally get him on the baseball field.
Calling Mike Jeske a man for all seasons makes a lot of sense.
After all he was playing baseball in a blizzard today.
It's one of his three sports while maintaining a 99 average in his classes.
And a full athletic schedule has made maintaining that average a challenge.
" You know basically if you have a test the next day and you're on the road you have to study a couple of days before or if you just have homework you do it in a study halls you have. You can't just goof off all the time during school, you actually have to do work. Especially on test nights you go home or even during remedial he spent extra time with teachers to take advantage of the opportunities you have."
Besides his sports and his studies, Mike also volunteers with the Special Olympics and is in the student council.
And on the field he's just as well rounded.
" Mike is willing to do what will be best for the team. And he does that every day. He's a shortstop for us he's played second base for us and he is also playing right field for us and we'll be doing some time in left field. He understands what it takes to get everybody involved and to make the whole team better."
Just as important as what he does on the diamond is how he leads off of it. Mike is part of a core group of players that step up as leaders for the Blue Devils.
" We're all taking on the same leadership roles. We know we have to do we know we have to get done. And just try to make our forks nation proud."
And there is a lot to be proud of, both on and off the field.
That's why Mike Jeske is this week's academic all star.