Northeast Community College announces addition of baseball program

Baseball will be the eighth sport played at Northeast

By Chris Palmquist | cpalmquist@kcautv.com

Published 08/30 2016 09:19PM

Updated 08/30 2016 09:19PM

Over the past few years, Northeast Community College in Norfolk has seen its athletics program grow and that trend continued yesterday. The college announced they'll be adding a baseball program.

Baseball will be the eighth sport offered at Northeast and the Hawks plan on having a full roster of 35-40 student-athletes beginning in fall of 2017.

The Hawks can play 20 scrimmages in the fall and then up to 56 games during the spring season when they'll be an NJCAA Division II program.

Northeast says it's a way to increase enrollment and continue toward their athletic goals.

"As we've grown in athletics, and I think Doctor Chipps will tell you, when he started with two programs, his vision was, and his goal was eight programs," said Athletic Director Jake Ripple. "Baseball gets us to eight. This will probably where we are for now. That doesn't mean there couldn't be growth down the line, but for right now, for the foreseeable future this would be the last piece that we're adding to Northeast athletics."

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