She doesn’t play sports for an Otsego County school, but everyone in the Tri-Valley League knows about Franklin’s Jordan Beers.
Certain talents and treasures transcend geography.
Beers, a senior at Franklin, has achieved near superstar status thanks to her tremendous success in soccer, basketball and softball.
She has been named to numerous All State and All Conference teams.
Last year, when she helped lead Franklin to Section Four titles in both soccer and basketball, she was First Team All State in basketball and she was also named Section Four Class D Player of the Year.
Her demeanor on the pitch, court or diamond, competitive, gritty and aggressive, belies her somewhat humble, reserved, self-deprecating and academic side.
Anyone who sees her play knows that she is a winner and, in turn, helps propel her team to success. She exhibits talent and hustle. She’s coordinated, skillful and quick.
She’s also on track to be her class valedictorian when she trades in her team uniform for her cap and gown in June of 2014.
She’s not only the team captain, but also the team mother. “My teammates pick on me,” Beers said. “They call me the team mother, because I am always making sure they have their things. I try to keep them well-behaved in the locker room and motivated to win.”
She’s obviously appreciated by her coaches. Purple Devil soccer coach J.J. Laing once called her the best athlete he had coached in his 30-plus-year career.
“She’s like having another coach out there playing,” said Franklin basketball coach Mike Dutcher. “She makes my job easier. No question. She’s one of those players every coach hopes for.”
Beers’ father, Darryl, is the Franklin Athletic Director and his pride in his daughter is obvious.