Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 21, 2014

Harrell signs with Southeastern

By Perry Bell
The Journal Express

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Corey Harrell, the son of Kevin and Lisa Harrell, of Knoxville, recently signed a letter-of-intent to play college baseball and further his education at Southeastern Community College in Burlington.

Corey is a senior at Twin Cedars. He helped the 2013 TC baseball team compile a mark of 36-3 en route to winning the Bluegrass Conference title.

The Sabers also qualified for the state baseball tournament in Des Moines, where they had a top four finish in the Class 1A state meet.

Corey manned third base for the Sabers a year ago, but he looks to move back to his more customary position of first base this year.

Before selecting the Southeastern CC Blackhawks, Corey considered Wartburg, Des Moines Area Community College and Southwestern.

“I just felt at home with Southeastern. I wanted to go somewhere where I felt we had a chance to win a national title,” Corey said.

The Blackhawks are normally among the top teams in the ICCAC and they have been ranked nationally multiple times.

In looking back on the baseball season last year at Twin Cedars. “It was a year where everybody on the team came together. That combined with what happened tragically gave us the motivation to reach our team goal of playing at the state meet,” Corey said.

“We realize we aren’t too far away from reaching a state title. That’s our goal entering this season,” Corey added.

Corey wants to pursue a degree in athletic training or perhaps become a physical education teacher and become a football or baseball coach.

In high school Corey played football, baseball and participated in track.

Baseball is his favorite sport.

After all, he does carry the middle name of a baseball player.

His parents like the Atlanta Braves. Corey’s middle name is “Justice,” named for David Justice.

Dave Baker, former Knoxville varsity baseball coach, has been a hitting instructor for Corey since he was 10 years old.

“In addition to batting tips, he has helped me with the mental toughness aspect of the game and patience a the plate,” Corey said.

Corey led the Sabers in batting last summer with 11 home runs and he was third in the state.

As a sophomore Corey smashed nine home runs.

“I just keep striving for improvement,” he said.