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Platte ninth grader Jackson Olson looks to be part of a stellar incoming class of athletes for the Black Panthers

Jackson Olson's ATHLETICISM stands out on the field
Jun 20, 2017

By Rich Winter

Bottom of the fourth inning of the championship game of the Jr. teener tournament in Winner Sunday, with Gregory's Hunter Van Nieuwenhuyse (are you kidding me) at the plate, Platte centerfielder, Jackson Olson was patrolling centerfield. As the pitch was delivered, Hunter VN let one fly to the gap between left and center. 


For a moment, it looked like it would split the gap and perhaps go extra bases, maybe even a triple, in a game Platte trailed 4-0. But, sure-handed and fleet-of-foot Olson tracked it down, handled it fairly easily and got his guys out of the inning. 


Saw Platte play a couple of times over the weekend and kinda heard through the grapevine that the Platte 8th and 9th graders are pretty tough with some exceptional athletes getting ready to come through. 


Kind of a guttty game for the Platte kids. They gave up two runs in the first, two more in the second and trailed 4-0 most of the game. Facing a red-hot Gregory pitcher in Coy Determan who had a no-hitter going through the fifth. 


The pitcher for Platte easily could have folded with a couple of passed balls and errors that led to the Gregory runs, but, he stuck with it and seemed to get better as the game went along. 


Gritty fifth inning for Platte as they finally got to Determan. After the carnage of that fifth, they finally pulled even at 4-4. 


But, Gregory, who was sharp fundamentally all tournament punched across a run in the sixth to seal the deal. 


This Jackson Olson looks like a special talent: 

Was visiting with my high-school classmate, Christy Finney on Sunday and I asked her about Olson. All tournament long I'd seen him, big kid, got on base quite a bit, played a great centerfield and someone who just has that athletic look to him. 


Shocked when I learned he was adopted and only came to the United States about three years ago. Had a chance to visit with his mom a little and got to hear some awesome stories about her son who hails from Ethiopia. 


When Olson was growing up he played soccer, and while he doesn't get to play that much, he did have a head-tourning tournament in Mitchell where the team LET him play and then begged him to come back. 


This young man came to Platte a few years ago and he immediately got connected to sports which got him connected to friends and now he seems to be thriving. 


Playing baseball is tough enough, playing well in only your third year of ever even knowing baseball, that's special!


Big, thick young man with some really good wheels on him. Think he threw the shot-put for the high school team as an 8th grader. Plays basketball.


Can't wait to see this guy in pads and playing football. 


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