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Garner chooses Michigan State for baseball

Published 7:51pm Thursday, July 15, 2010

Former Niles three-sport standout David Garner will continue his athletic career at Michigan State University.

Garner, a 33rd round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the June amateur draft, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Spartans.

Garner, who was offered a scholarship by Michigan State back in the spring, was also getting interest from football and basketball schools.

Michigan State was one of those teams looking at Garner as a football player.

This past spring, Garner went 8-2 on the mound for the Vikings with an ERA of 1.73 and 82 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.

At the plate, he hit .500 with 32 RBIs, four triples and two homeruns.

Those numbers garnered him Big 16 West Division honors.

The winner of eight varsity letters at Niles, Garner was first team All-West Division in football as well after catching 20 passes for 607 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He finished with a 2.9 grade-point average, but was not eligible to attend Michigan State until he completed a history class at Lake Michigan College this summer.

He was also first team All-Division on the basketball court, leading the Vikings in several offensive categories and helping lead Niles to its first winning season in nearly a decade and its first division championship.

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