With pen in hand, Zach Pickett signs a national letter of intent to play golf at Baker University this fall. Standing (left to right): Paul Young, Rick O’Neil, Karen Exon, David Londene and Wil Meier. Seated: Deanne Pickett, Bob Pickett, Zach Pickett and Cindy Gretencord. Submitted photo

After a stellar career at Spring Hill, Zach Pickett will play golf at Baker University this fall.
Pickett made it official May 25, signing a national letter of intent in front of family and friends in the school’s library.
“I really liked the school’s academic and athletic programs,” said Pickett, who also received a business scholarship. “It’s close to home and seemed like a good fit.”
Pickett excelled in four sports at Spring Hill. After lettering in soccer his freshman year, he earned four letters on the basketball and baseball field. He was a two-year letterwinner in golf and state qualifier in 2010.
“Zach can really play golf,” Coach Rick O’Neil said. “He has had a great career at Spring Hill and I’m real proud to have him going to my alma mater.”
Baker Coach Karen Exon was on hand and offered words of encouragement.
“We are so excited to get Zach in our program. He is a well-rounded kid who will do well in our academic and athletic programs,” Exon said.
Pickett recently closed his athletic career at Spring Hill as the winning pitcher in the Broncos’ opening 6-1 state win versus Wichita Trinity. He hurled a complete game three-hitter with six strikeouts.
“Zach has been a big part of our baseball success the past four years,” Coach David Londene added. “He improved each year and really was a leader.”
Academically, Pickett held a cumulative 3.54 grade point average and ranked 32 out of 131 in his class. He achieved the ‘A’ honor roll four years and was a member of the Natural Helpers and a nominee for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.