Jack Golbranson Awarded All-CIF 1st Team and League MVP

SMA 11 J Golbranson catcher (2) cropIn the Spring of 2017, Jack Golbranson’s hard work paid off. A senior at SMA, Jack captained the boys’ baseball team to its 5th consecutive league championship and playoff appearance, was named League MVP and all-CIF first-team, and committed to play baseball for the University of Puget Sound.

Balancing SMA’s heavy academic load, college applications, and extracurriculars, Jack regularly took batting practice early in the morning before school. “I looked to improve my hitting and I spent extra time working at it,” Golbranson said. “If you want to put in the extra work and time, you put yourself in position to become more successful.”*

Those hours in the cage led to Jack’s impressive .470 average, 16 doubles, three triples, 24 runs, and 27 runs batted in.

Because of his contribution to SMA’s championship team (11-4 overall, 6-0 in league), Jack was named League MVP for the second time and received all-CIF first team honors, an accolade awarded to the 20 best Division VI players in the Southern Section.

“You like to have players who are determined and committed to find ways to get better,” St. Monica coach Phil Gleason said. “He met or exceeded all of our challenges and expectations. He’s earned everything he’s done out there the last four years.”

Jack is SMA’s 3rd NCAA student athlete and is playing baseball and pursuing a business degree at the University of Puget Sound.

 

 

*Quotes taken from the following Glendale New Press articles. Take a look to read more about the Crusaders and Jack’s stellar season:

http://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/sports/tn-gnp-sp-cifbase-20170621-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/sports/tn-gnp-sp-smabaseball-20170531-story.html

http://www.latimes.com/socal/glendale-news-press/sports/tn-gnp-sp-briefs-20170606-story.html