Hopper to play baseball for Edward Waters

On Wednesday, July 28, nearly two dozen family members and friends joined in the celebration at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School as Jacob Hopper became the fourth Tiger Shark baseball player from this year’s senior class to sign a college scholarship.

Hopper, a shortstop, will be attending Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, trading his Tiger Shark jersey for that of a Tiger as he prepares to report on campus the second week of August.

Coach Ashley Summerlin said Hopper would be the seventh baseball player to sign a college scholarship during his time as Port St. Joe’s head coach, and that he was “very excited for Jacob to continue his career.

“As I told him before, this game will do a lot for you. Some people are privileged to…make it a career, but other people use it as a tool to take them (to) different places,” he said.

Proud of his program and the players in it, Summerlin spoke of the college coaches who call and “want to know about our kids. It’s just a testament to the hard work that they put in” to the team’s success.

Hopper chose Edward Waters because of the “good people, the good coaches,” and the expectation of “playing time the first year.”

Also a standout on the Port St. Joe football squad this past season, Hopper plans on studying sports fitness and to “maybe become a coach.”

Carter Dorsch, Kevin Lacivita, and Caden Turrell are the other Tiger Shark baseball players who have signed scholarships this summer.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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