The Johnny Price Memorial College Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor a beloved Lakeville South standout, who passed away following an automobile accident December 4th, 2015. Scholarships support senior baseball players who exemplify the qualities of Johnny Price.
“Price was a person who every athlete should strive to be,” said Adam Barta, Founder and Chairman of the JP4 Foundation. “He was a vibrant young man who positively impacted the lives of others and made every single one of his teammates better. People will ask why such an amazing person was taken so early, but I like to think about how incredibly lucky I was to have known him while he was here.”
John “Johnny” Price IV (1997-2015) had been recognized by his peers as one of the best players and teammates ever to step on the field. A Division 1 recruit and very talented hitter, Price was a versatile player, manning the outfield and corner infield positions, as well as logging innings as a hard-throwing right-hander.
While Price’s contributions were clearly valued on the field, what truly made him an MVP was his impact away from the diamond. Price, was a friend to everyone; the center of every activity from team-building exercises to fun off the field. He taught younger players how to play and practice, leading with great effort and an even better attitude.
The scholarship application consists of prompts that highlight characteristics of applicants on and off the baseball field. Responses to application prompts can be submitted via a formal essay, video recording, audio recording, slideshow etc.
2019 Drew Gilbert – Gilbert was an outfield, pitcher, and team catalyst for Stillwater Area High School. Gilbert prided himself on lifting others up on and off the baseball field. “I [Gilbert] think the true value of the sport shows when you can use your platform to inspire others.” Along with maintaining a high GPA, Gilbert maintained a presence in the community volunteering as often as his schedule allowed for. Gilbert participated in a Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti with Kyle Gibson and two other Twins minor leaguers. He credits this trip as a life-changing experience and seeing how happy these people were when they had so little will always stick with Gilbert. He will be attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
2019 Lucas Lesser – Lesser was a pitcher and outfielder for Burnsville High School. Lesser was a positive role model on and off the field and has treasured the time he spent with his teammates and the friends he has made over the years through sports. Lesser worked as a baseball umpire for the Burnsville Athletic Club, providing leadership to the younger baseball players. Lesser was a member of his high school community service group and is an active volunteer for numerous organizations including Special Olympics, Bridging Inc., Feed My Starving Children, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Loaves and Fishes, Hope Street 5k Benefit, and Village Shores Senior Community. Lesser will be attending the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Fall of 2019 and plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.
2019 Duke Benge – Benge is known for his leadership on and off the field. On the field, Benge has been a three-year letter winner for Lakeville South’s baseball team and was selected as captain for the Cougar’s 2019 season. Benge also leads outside of the lines being the President of Lakeville South’s National Honor Society Chapter, HOSA Chapter, an elected Senior Class Officer, a member of the homecoming court, a prominent leader in South’s Student Council, and the Vice President of South’s DECA Chapter.In addition, Benge coach’s youth baseball for the Minnesota Mash year-round as well as the Minnesota Twins’ summer camp.Benge leads a youth group at his church as well as serve for Southland City Church.He will continue making an impact on and off the field at The United States Air Force Academy where he will pitch and play positionally for the Falcons to help keep them atop of the Mountain West Conference.
2018 Jack Anderson – Anderson was a first baseman and pitcher for White Bear Lake Area High School. Anderson strove to create and maintain energy within his team to push all of the members, himself included, to improve. He also prided himself on his attitude on and off the field, treating coaches, players, umpires, and fans with respect at all times. During the offseason, he would work in clinics helping to train the younger kids in White Bear Lake.
2018 Cal Hanson –Throughout his years as a baseball player Cal has felt that he has made a large and positive impact on the lives of people on and off the field. On the field Cal has impacted his teammates by creating a positive environment every day where they feel comfortable and able to talk to him if they need help with something related to baseball or if they are having some kind of problem in their everyday lives. Cal uses baseball as a way to lift others up and be there for one another. Off the field, Cal has impacted people 1000’s of miles away by volunteering at places like Feed My Starving Children and also with others in his community by volunteering his time at youth sports camps. Cal understands how important it is to set a good example for younger players.
2018 Derrick Winn – Derrick spends most of his time playing third base for Duluth Marshall High School. He credits his outlook to “Kaizen”- something he personally lives with and preaches to his teammates regularly. Derrick believes if his team is not getting better in small increments and working hard then he has not completed his job as a leader. Derrick tries to make peoples day better any possible way he can. He enjoys helping out at a local nonprofit called the Valley Youth Center. What he enjoys the most about the opportunity to give back is helping kids with their homework as well as teaching them how to play sports. He credits his smiles during volunteering to finally seeing a child understand a math problem or finally getting a spiral when they throw a football.
2018 Seth Miller – Seth is a three-time letter winner at Blaine High School. Seth’s primary role is pitching but will also log innings at the corner infield positions. Seth has been extremely involved in the community during his time at Blaine High School. He has been involved in the high school community service group for over two years, continues to volunteer at the local elementary schools and serves as a tutor at his own high school. Seth also looks forward to helping younger baseball players as he enjoys coaching and always being a positive role model for the up and coming players.
2017 Cole Albers – Albers was a middle infielder and pitcher for Champlin Park High School. Albers prided himself on being a quiet leader, leading by example and giving players around them a platform to get better. He always knew when someone needed a word of encouragement. Albers also spent time giving back to the community through baseball camps and other service learning projects.
2017 Trent Fredenburg – Fredenburg was a utility infielder for Anoka High School. Leading by example, his positive energy was contagious. Dedicated to always giving his all Fredenburg was a natural leader on and off the field. He spent time during the school year and summer giving back to younger baseball players in his community through camps, clinics, and helping with his local little league.
2016 Willem Aldirch – Aldrich spent most of his time at the corners of the infield and on the mound for Duluth East High School. A true leader, Aldrich encompassed the true meaning of Kaizen. It was his goal on and off the field to get better at what he was doing each and every day, and to make sure others around him were doing the same. In addition, Aldrich spent a good amount of time giving back to his school community through various service projects.