They may be in different sports, but in a few short months a couple of Raider seniors are going to embark on a journey to college.
Jakob Layton, a pitcher on the baseball team, and Grant Brettnacher, a golfer, both recently committed to play their respective sports for the Thunder of Trine University. As they enter the spring sports season, a weight has been lifted off their backs early as their college commitments are out of the way.
Both athletes are going to be looked upon to have a big impact on their respective teams with the baseball team looking to repeat as sectional champs and advance even further and the wildly successful golf team entering this season ranked eighth in Indiana.
For both guys they knew that their education was of utmost importance, and knew that their education came first when deciding where to take their talents next year.
“[Trine] has a golf management major which is what I’m going to study,” Brettnacher said. “I also hope to graduate with a double major in golf management and finance and make it to nationals all 4 years.”
Both athletes were looking at other Indiana schools, hoping that they could find the right environment both academically and athletically. For Layton, shrewd thinking about his future led him to his decision to commit.
“It came down to which campus I could see myself enjoying more for four years, along with the school where I’d have better opportunities with baseball and academics. What’s nice about Trine is that their placement percentage for finding students jobs after graduation is nearly 98 percent, so I can form my future along with playing the sport I love.”
Both seniors have been a big part of both the Harrison community, with Brettnacher being the 2016 Mr. Harrison, and in their community, with Layton racking up lots of community service hours as the baseball team tries to give back to the community. Both look to have bright futures at Trine and beyond after a great athletic, and academic, run at Harrison for four years.