Shippensburg honors Kipp

SHIPPENSBURG — Juniata High School has produced many skilled athletes who have gone on to have successful careers after high school.

On Oct. 28, Juniata alumnus Jay Kipp became the third Port Royal native to be inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kipp joins Dean Bergstresser and Jason McMullen in the hall.

“It’s very humbling and overwhelming,” Kipp said of his induction. “I am aware that they have the Hall of Fame groups by I never thought that they would pick me. I am very honored by that and very overwhelmed by it.”

At Shippensburg, Kipp was an All-American first baseman for the Raiders. Kipp is currently second in Raider history with 144 RBIs and third all-time with a career batting average of .383.

Kipp competed in the NCAA Division II College World Series as a junior in 1991 and contributed to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship as a freshman. In the four years Kipp was a Raider, the team compiled a record of 109-72-1, winning more than 60 percent of its games.

“Nationals was a great memory. We went to Montgomery, Alabama, and with some tough luck we lost the two games when we were down there but we lost to the first and second-place teams,” Kipp said. “I think we represented ourselves well and it was great to play against some of the better teams in the nation. It was also the first time I ever flew in an airplane.”

As a team Shippensburg earned three NCAA Tournament Berths (1989, 1991, 1992), while winning the Atlantic Regional title in 1991. The team won a PSAC title in 1989 and a PSAC East Division title in 1991.

Kipp was a two-time All-PSAC performer whose best season came in 1992 as a senior, in which he was an ABCA Third Team All-American. Kipp set the single-season record with 134 total bases, while hitting 13 home runs. Kipp’s home run mark his senior season is the second highest in school history. Kipp also had the longest hitting streak in school history, during which he hit safely in 18 straight games.

“I’m very proud of that. I worked very hard and I think I got the most out of whatever talent I had. Hopefully I didn’t waste what I was fortunately given, and I’m very proud of them,” Kipp said. “Records are meant to be broken and the records are definitely something for the younger players to come in an emulate.”

At Juniata High School, Kipp was a three sport athlete. Kipp played basketball, football and baseball and was successful in all three sports.

“I was fortunate enough to be the first 1,000-point scorer in school history,” Kipp said. “We also went to districts my senior year in basketball and won a game. My senior year in football we were 11-0 and … went on to win the District 3 title.”

Kipp coached Juniata’s baseball team and the Juniata County American Legion baseball team when he still lived in the area.

Kipp and his wife Danielle live in Mount Wolf. This is Kipp’s 10th year working at Northeastern High School. He is in his sixth year in the classroom and previously spent four years as an assistant principal. Kipp also works as a PIAA football referee in the York/Adams League.

Kipp also noted that he would not have been as successful if it wasn’t for his coaches and teammates. Along with Kipp, one of his baseball coaches, Bob Yocum, was inducted in the 2016 class.

“I was very fortunate throughout my life to have excellent coaches and excellent teammates,” Kipp said. “It’s not just one or two players, it was everyone working together.”