Senior Send-offs: Jonah Palmer, Smithville

The Courier-Tribune’s Senior Send-offs is an effort to recognize student-athletes at Liberty, Kearney and Smithville high schools who had the end of their senior year disrupted by school closures as a result of COVID-19 and related stay-at-home orders.


Jonah Palmer


Smithville High School


Baseball, Cross-Country


Lawrence University (Baseball)



Favorite high school memory:

"Winning the Oak Grove Tournament (in baseball) my freshman year and becoming the first freshman team in Smithville history to do so."

Coach/Teacher who made the biggest impact:

"Coach and teacher, Jake Sobbe, had the biggest impact on my baseball career throughout all of high school. Even when times were at their bleakest and I began doubting myself, Coach Sobbe made me love the game again."

Thing you will miss the most about high school:

"I'll miss the excitement right before home games and the satisfying rides home with the team on the bus after a hard fought victory. Also Brad Schram's mom's burritos."

Best part about high school and this community:

"How excited people get for the students at Smithville whenever they do something great, with a great example being football and their amazing seasons."

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