Johnson signs with Dawson CC

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Fort Lupton High School athlete and Brighton resident Simon Johnson put pen to paper Feb. 17 in Fort Lupton and signed his letter of intent to play college baseball at Dawson Community College. The school is in Glendive, Montana.

Johnson also wants to study agriculture.

But before he could make his decision official, he listened in to remarks from FLHS Principal John Biner and the school’s athletic director, Jim Roedel.

“When I first met him, I thought he was the middle linebacker for the football team,” Biner said. “What’s impressive to me is that he hits the books. So ‘yay’ for baseball and ‘yahoo’ for books.”

Roedel said ceremonies such as Johnson’s were the chance he gets to “step aside and go honor and respect student-athletes.”

“He did the hard work on the field, and he did the hard work in the classroom,” Roedel said. “This doesn’t happen if you don’t start in the classroom.”

Roedel said 7 percent of high-school athletes get the chance to move on to college level athletics.

“You can have the opportunity to be in that 7 percent,” Roedel said. “When you get to college, you are in that 7 percent. Everyone is a good athlete. The competition rises. He has a strong network behind him.”

Johnson compiled a 4.47 grade point average during a COVID-interrupted junior year in high school. In the first semester this year, Johnson is taking Advanced Placement courses through Aims Community College.

Roedel went to what is now Mesa State University, which is home to the National Junior College World Series.

“He made a great choice to start his education and to play baseball. Some of the best baseball talent is playing in JUCO, Roedel said.

“He works hard in school and at practice,” said Cory Miller, the Bluedevils’ head baseball coach, who couldn’t field a team last year because of COVID. “I can’t wait to actually coach you this year.”

“Kids don’t get here by themselves,” Biner said. “It takes a lot of support to get kids this far.”

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