For this week’s Student-athlete spotlight we recognize Nick Gardoni from our Hartnell Baseball team. Gardoni is a Palma alum who found something special within Hartnell’s baseball program. Of course, he was familiar with us due to older siblings attending the college and the baseball program themselves. During his four years in high school, he was able to go on to playoff trips and won the league during his senior year! Gardoni loves the sport, regarding it as one of the best out there; he appreciates how far it has taken him with his education and skill set. He savors each opportunity he gets to go out there and compete. A lot of his teammates say he bats like Joe Panik of the San Francisco Giants, and as a big fan, he doesn't mind the comparisons. Gardoni welcomes any opportunity he can get to go pro and as a 2nd Basemen and hard hitter, he’s had a great season alongside his teammates: 37 hits, 10 doubles, and 54 bases to go along with a .370 batting average! Gardoni has given his team great effort and even though he recognizes the team’s season did not produce the wins they desired, the journey and progression speaks volumes of their character. Of course, the life of a student-athlete is not easy and involves a tremendous amount of work. However, Gardoni understands this, stating that one of the biggest challenges is focus. As for the team, their motto was family, school, and baseball. Even with the challenges he faced, he still managed to play a stellar season and landed in the Dean's list for the academic year. As a sophomore, and physical education major with an emphasis in kinesiology, Gardoni looks to transfer this year to a four-year institution. He is currently undecided but has said he wants to continue to pursue higher education and play baseball at the next level. All this progress and hard work has flourished due to the great support system around him. Much of it has to do with his family and everything they have done for him. On the field, the coaching staff led by Head Coach Travis Babin, has given him all the tools he needs to succeed as a student-athlete. It’s been a wonderful year for our fellow Panther and we wish him the best moving forward. Go Panthers!