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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Washington County’s Joe Joe Simms has been adding impressive honors to his resume lately. Recently, the 2009 grad of Washington County was named the 5th Region Baseball Player of the Year. A couple days later, he was named as one of the quarterbacks for the West team in the upcoming East vs. West All-Star Football Classic.
News first broke early last week that Simms was named 5th Region Baseball Player of the Year.
“He deserves it,” said WC head baseball coach Derek Schuler. “He’s a great all around young man that understands competition and being part of a team. He will be missed.”
“I was kind of shocked, really,” said Simms. “You have teams like Elizabethtown, Central Hardin and some bigger schools. It makes me feel better after losing our first round at districts, I know that.”
Simms is also participating in the KHSBCA All-Star baseball game at UK on June 21.
Hot on the heels of that honor, a couple days later, Simms was selected as first quarterback for the West team in the upcoming East vs. West All Star Football Classic.
The game will be played Friday, June 12 at Western Kentucky University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The addition of Simms happened when the two quarterbacks first selected were ruled ineligible.
“There was a lot of discussion,” said WCHS head football coach Mark Perry. “They decided on Joe Joe to be one of the West quarterbacks. This is a big deal. It’s an honor to be in the game, period.”
Simms looks back on his past four years of Commander athletics as a learning experience.
“Coming in as a freshman, I really wasn’t used to everything,” he said. “As you grow older, you start getting used to stuff. You learn different work ethics from your coaches. I’ve made a lot of friends, made a lot of teammates and I’ve grown as an individual. I’ve learned to push myself.”
School may be over, but there’s still plenty of sports ahead for Simms as he represents Washington County on the state level.