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Jorgensen inducted into Hall of Fame

July 27, 2013

Jennifer Jorgensen always kept busy when she was in high school, and nothing has changed since for the Southeast Webster-Grand graduate.

Starting on Friday and culminating on Aug. 10 in Council Bluffs, Jorgensen will have fulfilled two lifelong dreams.

Jorgensen was inducted into the IGHSAU softball Hall of Fame yesterday morning at Rogers Sports Complex. At the beginning of August, she will walk down the isle to start the rest of her life with fiancee Eric Watson.

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"This is going to be a very busy 20 days,'' Jorgensen said. "It was nice to come back and see all my family and friends. My mom (Virginia) and dad (Mike)?were by my side.

"Both the Southeast Webster-Grand community and Washington community (where her dad Mike is superintendent) were incredibly supportive, which meant a lot to me.''

Jorgensen was one of four former prep softball stars honored on Friday. The 2008 graduate was enshrined in her first year of eligibility.

"I knew I was up for nomination in May,'' Jorgensen said. "I was shocked and honored in my first year of eligibility.

"It was special (Friday), since my dad coached here and at other schools and I was his first player to be in the Hall of Fame.''

Jorgensen reached the state tournament three times with the Eagles. SW-G was fifth in 2005, third in 2007 and sixth in 2008. Jorgensen was on the all-tournament team all three seasons, and was the captain in 2007.

While in high school, Jorgensen was a five-time all-state selection - third team as an eighth-grader and first team each her freshman through senior campaigns.

Jorgensen will always remember her games at Rogers Park.

"I'll never forget my junior year,'' Jorgensen said. "It was our school's best ever finish and we weren't even supposed to win our regional final.''

Jorgensen landed on the all-state elite squad in '07 and '08. She was the Class 1A Offensive Player of the Year in '05, '07 and '08, was picked the 1A Player of the Year in '07 and '08.

Not only did Jorgensen make a splash on the state level, she also topped a national list. Jorgensen holds the all-time stolen base record with 380 career steals.

Jorgensen finished her career with 442 hits, the most all-time in Iowa High School history, and held a career .574 batting average. She scored 344 career runs, which is tied for the most all-time in Iowa.

After graduating from Southeast Webster-Grand, Jorgensen had to make the decision of basketball or softball.

"Honestly, it was a pretty simple decision,'' Jorgensen said. "Softball was my favorite sport, but I didn't want to play in the spring and I wanted to be able to try and get a full-ride scholarship somewhere.''

Upon graduation, Jorgensen played basketball at Pacific for a year before transferring to Grand View University in Des Moines, where she was named the 2012 NAIA Player of the Year.

Now, Jorgensen is serving in her second year as a graduate assistant for the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball program. She is also going to school at Illinois State University for sports management.

Jorgensen currently is living in Bloomington, Ill., and plans on going into coaching and event planning.