Middlesboro senior first baseman Tim Helton signed a National Letter of Intent last Thursday to continue his baseball career at Lincoln Memorial University playing for the Railsplitters. Pictured above, left to right: Ester Helton (Grandmother), Ashley O’Bradovich (step-sister), Sherri Helton (Mom), Tim, Jr.,Tim Helton (Dad) and Lindsey Helton (sister). Back row: MHS assistant principal Jesse Allen, Chuck Treece, Walt Overbay, Harold Womack, MHS Assistant Baseball Coach Luke Gilly, MHS Athletic Director Bill Jones, MHS Head Coach Bill Powell, Aaron Sowders, Randy Frazier, and Assistant Coach John Smith and Junior Maiden.
Tim R. Helton, Jr. a 6’4, 210 pound senior first baseman/outfielder, will be continuing his academic/baseball career at Lincoln Memorial University. Coach Jeff Sziksai recently congratulated Tim on his decision to attend Lincoln Memorial University and be part of the LMU baseball family.
Tim is a multi-sport Christian athlete that played basketball for three years and baseball all four years at Middlesboro High School. Tim is also an honor student at MHS. “I’ve been playing baseball since I was four years old and I’m very excited to sign with Lincoln Memorial University. LMU is a great school and has high academic standards. Coach Jeff Sziksai is an outstanding Christian coach, who knows how to win. He was also a great player and I really think that his staff at LMU can help me continue to grow as a person and player.” Helton is currently undecided about his career choice, but has an interest in the medical related fields and business.
Tim is one of the Co-Captains on Coach Bill Powell’s 2012 MHS Yellow Jacket team. “I can’t tell you how proud I am and how happy I am for Tim. I believe that Tim’s best baseball is in front of him. He has really been hitting the ball well and his love has been clutch for us many times this season. This couldn’t have happened to a more deserving kid.”
Over the past four years, Tim has helped lead the MHS team to be the 4-Peat All ‘A’ Regional Champs, including reaching the State “Final 4” in 2009 and the “Elite 8” in 2010 and 2012. He also received the Academic All State Award by Insight Communications. He was selected for the 52nd District All Tournament Teams in 2010 and 2011 and the MHS team will finish in first place in the District for 2012, with the District and Regional tournaments upcoming. He was voted as MHS Most Versatile Player in 2012, Best Offensive Player and Best Defensive % of .975 in 2011. In 2011 he led the Jackets in hits, extra base hits, total bases, walks and on base percentage of .523. Defensively, he led the Jackets in C and PO and defensive percentage. He is one of the leaders offensively and defensively this year as well.
Tim worked hard in the off season, especially his last two seasons at MHS. During the summer and fall of 2011 he attended several camps and clinics, including the KHSAA Coaches Association Showcase at Georgetown College, the Costal Carolina Pro Positional Camp in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the University of Louisville Baseball Select Camp, the University of Kentucky Hitting Camp and played in the Hitting League at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. He also improved physically by strengthening and conditioning and gained about 30 pounds of muscle during this time.
“We thank God for giving us such a fine so and special thanks to several of our friends who encouraged Tim, Jr. to attend Lincoln Memorial University. We also want to thank several of his past coaches including Harold Womack, Chuck Treece, Michael Boyd, Walt Overbay, Junior Maiden, Steve Robinson, David Baker, Jesse Allen, Aaron Sowders and Coach Powell’s current coaching staff including John Smith, Vince Powell and Luke Gilly. We believe that Tim will take this opportunity to excel academically and athletically at Lincoln Memorial University.”
Tim R. Helton, Jr. is the son of Tim and Sherri Helton of Middlesboro, Ky. and is the son of Esther Helton, Middlebsoro, Ky., Jimmy Helton Hamilton, Ohio and Olavay Halburnt of Harlan, Ky.