Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s Joe Jaconski to play baseball at University of North Carolina

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School’s Joe Jaconski has signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division I baseball at the University of North Carolina.

“Joe was an anchor on our 2019 conference championship team and he was a big part of the success that took us to the PIAA state quarterfinals,” said PWHS Head Coach Chris Manero.

In 14 conference games that season, shortstop Jaconski led the team with a .442 batting average, an impressive 1.315 OPS, 19 hits and 18 runs scored. He was named First-Team All-Suburban One League American Conference. He also was named to the Suburban One League American/Continental Carpenter Cup team.

“Joe’s ability both offensively and defensively can be seen by almost anyone, but his intangibles are what make him even more of a special player,” said Manero. “He has a keen sense of in-game situational awareness and a very sophisticated knowledge of the game. He has a real old-school type of competitive edge on the field and a tremendous work ethic off the field.

“From a character standpoint,” Manero continued, “he is an outstanding young man and a terrific representation of the Plymouth Whitemarsh athletic program.”

Jaconski has been named a team captain for the 2021 season. A Distinguished Honor Roll student, he plans to major in exercise and sport science at UNC.