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Although the pandemic put a damper on his junior year, Sherwood grad recruited as Blue Jay sets sights screenwriting

COURTESY PHOTO: MIKEY CHARTERS PHOTOGRAPHY - Sherwood High graduate Jack Fulwiler said hes looking forward to playing baseball for a team headed by renowned coach Bob Babb, who has headed the program at the school for 42 years. A Sherwood High School graduate, whose dream is to someday become a screenwriter, recently was recruited to play baseball for Johns Hopkins University.

Jack Fulwiler said he's "super stoked" about being accepted to the prestigious university, whose medical school is one of the top in the nation.

And although he has no plans on becoming a doctor — he was one of 14 SHS valedictorians this year — Fulwiler is excited to play in a program for a team that competed in this year's Division III College World Series and is headed by longtime baseball coach Bob Babb.

"It's a really good program," Fulwiler said. "Coach Babb has been there for like 40 years, and they win plenty of conference championships."

Fulwiler began his Sherwood High School baseball career during his sophomore year where he swung up to varsity a little bit before his junior year was interrupted by the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With no junior year ball, Fulwiler said he had to get creative to get recognized. That happened via his participation with Mound Time, a club team and elite training facility in Hillsboro, which allowed him to play in series games against other teams around the area.

"(That was) really big in the recruiting process because I was able to get good film and send it over to Coach Babb, and I think that sort of sealed the deal," said Fulwiler, about the team that included students from Central Catholic, Glencoe and Sunset high schools.

Fast-forward to his senior year.

"It was a good year," said Fulwiler, who played shortstop and second base, occasionally pitching. "We made it to the culminating week. We were with the top seeds, so we played the one, two and three teams in the state, and it was a great season."

What he found particularly pleasing was beating Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego.

"They were undefeated and looking like they were headed toward claiming state title and we beat them," Fulwiler said.

Sherwood finished 9-3 in the Pacific Conference and tied for first place. The Bowmen also closed their year with a 12-6 overall record

At Johns Hopkins, Fulwiler said he wants to become involved in the school's prestigious writing program, which is ranked as one of the top in the country.COURTESY PHOTO: MIKEY CHARTERS PHOTOGRAPHY - Sherwood High School shortstop Jack Fulwiler has been recruited by John Hopkins University to play baseball for the Blue Jays.

"That's always been something that I've been really interested in and spent a lot of my time doing," he said, adding that the writing focus would help him on a prelaw path if he did decide to go to law school.

"We'll see where that goes," said Fulwiler, who has maintained a steady 4.0 GPA throughout his academic career.

He's particularly interested in film and filmmaking along with screenwriting, having written no less than three screenplays during his high school career.

What he likes about film is the storytelling aspect of it, saying he gravitates toward films that tell the smaller stories of people's lives while at the same time creating some type of personal connection.

"I like all movies but, you know, I choose the smaller, more indie ones over the big action type," he said. Those include movies such as "Good Will Hunting" and "The Departed."

He especially admires actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

"Those two guys are two of my idols, I guess," he said, adding that his college admission essay focused on his love of film and mentioned the stars of "Good Will Hunting" as inspirations for him to start writing. He said reading the screenplay for the movie was how he taught himself to write.

His ultimate desire, he said, would be to become a screenwriter and to just make movies, adding that "doing that sort of thing, that would definitely be the dream."COURTESY PHOTO: JACK FULWILER - In addition to baseball, Jack Fulwiler loves to write and hopes to become a screenwriter someday.

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