Ste. Genevieve’s Jesse Kemper put in four years of hard work on both the Dragons’ football and baseball teams during his time in the green and white. His senior baseball season has been put on hold because of the virus shutdown, but Kemper has been ready to get on the diamond for quite some time.
“I started preparing for baseball the Monday after the football season ended,” he said. And Kemper was strong in a football season that saw the Dragons get all the way to the district championship game before falling to Kennett. SGHS finished 8-4 on the season, and had a tremendous year after a slow start. Kemper played all 12 games, catching 12 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. His longest catch was for 32 yards. On defense, he was in on 31 tackles (26 solo, 5 assists), and added a sack.
But both the gridiron and the diamond have provided him with the memories he’ll cherish forever. “The best memories for me was winning districts in baseball last year, working out with buddies and teammates in the off season for football, and playing football with them,” he said. “I knew that they all put in the hard work the same as me, and that earned them 100% of my trust that they would do their job on the field. Another of my best memories is beating Park Hills in the district football playoffs.”
That district baseball title will long be remembered, as the Dragons held off North County in extra innings.
Kemper knows there’s a new crop of freshman coming in next year. His words of advice for those, as he draws nearer to graduation, is simple. “The main thing I have to say to new freshmen next year, is that hard work pays off, and that you will always remember the times you could’ve put in more work.”