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March 19, 2014

Utica Ford II senior, Vaughn, signs on to play college baseball

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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Utica Ford II senior, Vaughn, signs on to play college baseball
Utica Ford II senior Ja’Won Vaughn, front, center, is pictured alongside his mother, Yolanda Palazzolo, and his father, Jerome Palazzolo. Also pictured is, back row, from left, HITZ travel baseball coach Jason Gendreau, Macomb head baseball coach Joe Santilli and Utica Ford II basketball coach Jeff Olson. Vaughn has signed to play with Macomb’s baseball team.

Although Utica Ford II senior Ja’Won Vaughn will be entering his final season playing for the Falcons, it won’t be his last playing organized baseball, as he has signed on to play for Macomb Community College, beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Vaughn, who is a third-year varsity player, said it was in his junior season that he realized he wanted the opportunity to play at the college level.

And although Vaughn said “love it” in regards to how he has enjoyed playing for Ford II, the opportunity to play college baseball doesn’t necessarily sound like such a bad proposition, either.

“I’m really excited,” said Vaughn, who also played basketball for Ford. “I’m excited to advance my skills, become better and learn a lot more of the game of baseball.”

Ford II baseball coach Derek Ganfield offered his opinion as to what Macomb will be getting when Vaughn arrives.

“They’re getting an athlete,” he said. “I know their coach has seen Ja’Won play a couple times this winter — play basketball. I know he had a good season, as well. He’s very athletic. He had to narrow it down to a couple schools, one of which was Macomb. My thought was it would be a good spot to showcase and develop his skills, in hopes of moving on after that with baseball.”

Vaughn, who will likely play outfield for the Monarchs, cited getting a degree in business management and becoming a starter as his goals at Macomb. His longer-term goal is to earn the chance to play for a four-year college, possibly somewhere in the South.

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