Northview graduate John Reberger has been playing baseball for about six months straight, and he won't be taking a break anytime soon.
Reberger led the Knights to a share of the Western Indiana Conference Championship in his senior campaign, then helped power his Wayne Newton Post 346 team to a state championship this summer.
He recently committed to play baseball for Vincennes University, where he'll begin practices later this month. In short, Reberger has spent almost as much time on the diamond this year as he's spent in bed, but the all-state outfielder wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's just what I love to do-- play baseball," he said. "If I couldn't do that, I wouldn't be a happy person."
As a VU Trailblazer, Reberger will play for first-year Head Coach Jon Adams on a team returning just eight of 22 roster players from the 2005-06 season.
Adams is confident that his incoming class of freshmen-- which includes Reberger's Post 346 teammates John Roselli and Larry Atkinson-- has the potential to put together a successful season.
"I knew the eight guys returning are going to be vital, but I had to get some freshmen," he said. "I think we've found some guys that are going to do well and contribute immediately."
Reberger will likely come off the bench as a utility outfielder and compete for a starting spot as the season progresses, Adams said.
"I definitely think he's going to provide some depth for us in the outfield," he said. "And he swings good from the left side, so that's always helpful."
Reberger was a potent offensive weapon for the Knights in '06, finishing seventh in the state in doubles (14) and 16th in RBIs (41) while posting a batting average that hovered around the .500 mark.
Reberger is hoping the extra work he put in over the summer will pay dividends as he begins his college career.
"It helps a lot. Playing with those guys has kept me in baseball shape and just made me a better player," he said.
The Trailblazers play a 10-game fall exhibition season against teams from Oakland City University, Wabash Valley College and Danville Area Community College.
Last year's VU baseball team posted a 28-21 record, recovering nicely from a 2-14 skid to start the season.