Jacob Park found out in July he was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one of the nation’s premier high school all-star football games.
On Tuesday, the Stratford High School quarterback received his game jersey in a ceremony at his school. Park will wear No. 14 for the East squad in the Jan. 4 showcase played at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised on NBC.
The ceremony Tuesday featured Stratford coach Ray Stackley, the school’s pep band and cheerleaders, members of Park’s family and U.S. Army officials.
“I just want to thank my parents who have helped me with the emotional ups and downs,” said Park, who has led the Knights to a 7-0 record heading into Friday’s Region 7-AAAA home game against Wando. “I am blessed to have this honor.”
As part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, each player selected to play in the game is honored at a Selection Tour event in his hometown. The tour crosses the country through late fall and by its end will have visited 90 players.
Park, who already committed to play football at Georgia, passed for 2,239 yards and 24 touchdowns last season.
Stackley said the school and community should benefit from the publicity Park has received. He said Park was one of the top five recruits to ever play for Stratford.
“There have been a lot of people there for him,” Stackley said of Park. “He will be the first to admit to that. But he’s handled himself very well in the four years he’s been here. He’s right up there with the best of them.”
Park, a 6-4 senior, has passed for 1.974 yards and 18 touchdowns this year with four regular-season games remaining.
First Baptist swim
The First Baptist boys swimming team broke two state relays in Saturday’s state swimming meet. The Hurricanes captured the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
The relay team members were Ian Martin, Kaiser Rich , Ethan Madden and Lucas Langston.
Kaiser Rich was the winner of the 100-yard butterfly.
Wilson commits to USC
Jamie Wilson, a sophomore at Bishop England, has committed to play golf for the University of South Carolina where he will join the 2016 class. Earlier in the summer Wilson finished second in the South Carolina Junior and tied for 13th in the Rice Planters Amateur.
He recently finished in a tie for ninth in the Bobby Chapman Invitational.