Lammers honored for leadership on and off the fieldJune 18, 2018
By HENDRIX MAGLEY
INDIANAPOLIS — Southridge senior Justin Lammers was called upon to pinch hit in the bottom of the seventh inning in Saturday’s Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 2A baseball state championship against Boone Grove and in his lone at-bat of the game, he did what the Raiders asked of him with a ringing single toward right field. The hit sparked a late Southridge rally that saw the Raiders plate four runs in the final inning before falling just short to the Wolves, 5-4.
However, Lammers’ biggest moment of the day came immediately following Saturday’s championship game when he was announced as the recipient of the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award.
“It’s just an honor to even be nominated for the award,” Lammers said. “I know that only eight people total get nominated so just to be nominated was such an honor and then to win it was just amazing.”
The IHSAA awards the honor to a senior participant in the state finals who is an example of mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. Lammers was nominated for the award by Southridge High School Principal Chad Sickbert and head coach Gene Mattingly.
Lammers, the son of Brian and Ann Lammers of Huntingburg, was a key member of not only Southridge’s baseball team but also their basketball and football squad. He was named to the All-Pocket Athletic Conference First Team and Academic All-State teams for football. During this year’s baseball season, Lammers primarily played as a catcher and the team’s designated hitter. He finished the year with a .244 batting average with 10 hits and five RBIs.
Mattingly said Lammers was a very deserving recipient of the award due to all of the dedication and effort he has put into the Southridge baseball program.
“Justin has been an unbelievable teammate for four years. He deserved this (award),” Mattingly said. “Nobody has put more work and time in than he has and I was super proud, couldn’t be happier for him.”
Lammers has received leadership awards and also volunteers with various organizations such as the Huntingburg United Methodist Church, its youth group and 4-H. He was also active in multiple clubs at Southridge, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society. He graduated in the top 15 percent of his senior class, earned Indiana’s Academic Honors diploma and will attend Purdue University in the fall.
The award is named in honor of the late L.V. Phillips who served as the second commissioner of the IHSAA from 1945 to 1962. Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the IHSAA’s corporate partner, presented a $1,000 scholarship to the general scholarship fund at Southridge High School in the name of Justin Lammers.
Lammers is the second Southridge athlete to win an IHSAA mental attitude award this school year, joining teammate and one of his best friends, Jayce Harter. Harter won the award following the Raiders 15-14 victory over Woodlan in the Class 2A football state championship last fall. Harter was ecstatic to see a good buddy of his and someone he’s known all of his life be honored with the award.
“I’ve known Justin since I was a little kid, I mean me and him have been going to the same church since we were itty bitty and he’s still one of my closest friends,” Harter said. “It’s great to see him win it. I know the feeling from football and it’s something he’s not going to ever forget. It’s awesome.”
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