Boint pushes himself and others towards greatness


Courtesy Shannon Boint

Boint gets ready to deliver a pitch for the Sheridan Troopers in their 2019 summer season.

   At Sheridan High School, the class of 2020 has had several great athletes, including senior Jacob Boint. Boint has committed to Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. to play college baseball. Although he is committed for baseball, Boint has many other qualities.

   Throughout Boint’s high school career, he has obtained a 4.2 GPA while playing two to three sports every year. Boint has been a starting quarterback for the last two years and has won two state championships with the Sheridan Bronc football program. He has also racked up multiple achievements, such as Super 25 for football, All-State for football and baseball, All Summit award winner for academics, National Football Foundation scholar athlete, Sheridan Press scholar athlete, and Sheridan County Co-Player of the year for football. One of his favorite moments from high school was beating Thunder Basin in the state championship in Laramie after losing to them in the regular season his senior year. He decided to not play basketball his senior year and to focus on baseball and get ready for his future at IWU. He was involved in an off-season baseball program with his soon-to-be college baseball team. 

   The senior pitcher and third baseman chose IWU over other NAIA schools that he could have attended. He ultimately decided to go to the Indiana school because he loved everything about the school. “I chose to commit there because I loved the coaches and the school, and the program is constantly competing for conference championships and has been on the verge of the national tournament,” said Boint. “Leaving the winning culture of Sheridan High School to join another winning culture is something else that I really liked.” The school is a private university affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The school is also the largest private University in Indiana. 

   Boint has been involved in sports for as long as he can remember. He has played travel baseball and basketball from a very young age and was also a standout football player. Throughout his athletic career, he has met some of his best friends and plans to stay close with those friends after high school. Another thing Boint learned from a young age was discipline on the field and in the classroom. “I was taught early on what it meant to be a student athlete, and I learned the idea of giving the same effort in everything you do,” said Boint. He went on to say how academics are going to take him further than anything else in life. In college Boint will study Economics and finance.

   One of Boint’s old competitors and teammates for the past four years, Quinn McCafferty, has seen Boint grow into the person he is today. “I’ve seen him over the years get a lot bigger and better, and especially this year, he’s starting to throw a lot harder than before,” said McCafferty. “It’s been easy to push each other to get better at practice and try and get that one extra ground ball over the other.” Along with his motivation to the baseball team, Boint has taken on a leadership and vocal role for the younger and upcoming athletes. He pushes people to be the best that they can whether it is on the biggest stage in front of everyone or someone is working by themselves in the batting cages. 

   The senior is also looked up to by elementary and junior high students within the community. Boint was involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters his junior year and also helps kids with special needs in an adaptive PE class. “That stuff doesn’t come easy, and it takes great people to do that  every single day,” said McCafferty. Boint is also a Vacation Bible School volunteer, a youth mentor at Coffeen Elementary, Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast volunteer, Sheridan Wesleyan Church Usher, and many other volunteer programs. He makes time outside of school, sports, and friends to help out his community which a lot of people cannot manage. 

   Boint is a great example of what it means to be a student athlete. As a Bronc, Boint has pushed himself and looks to keep challenging himself at IWU. “If I had one piece of advice for someone, it would be don’t be afraid of a challenge,” said Boint. “Never back down from competition. Always push yourself and never back down.”

   Boint is the son of Shannon and Mike Boint.