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Canaan Jumper shines in brief time with Heritage varsity

American Heritage’s Canaan Jumper fields groundballs during warm-ups prior to a regional quarterfinal against St. Brendan on May 5. (Photo Kevin Johnson)

PLANTATION — Canaan Jumper, of the Big Cypress Reservation, made the most of her brief time with the American Heritage varsity softball squad this season.

Jumper, a junior first baseman, saw action for the Patriots late in the season.
She went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored in a 15-0 win against Westland Hialeah in a district playoff semifinal April 27.

Two days later she went 1-for-2 with an RBI as Heritage cruised to a district championship win, 16-1, against Mater Lakes Academy.

Thanks to victories against St. Brendan (10-0), Key West (5-0) and Pompano Beach (2-1), Heritage reached the state semifinals May 20. The Patriots appeared to be headed to the state championship game after they built an 8-2 lead against Hernando through four innings in the semifinals, but they watched their chance to capture a ninth state championship slip away as Hernando rallied for a 9-8 win. Jumper did not play in the game.

The loss culminated a unique season for the Patriots, a traditional state powerhouse that uncharacteristically lost seven of their first eight games. Heritage rebounded to finish with a 15-9 record.

Jumper is the younger sister of former Heritage standout Ahnie Jumper, who went on to play for Florida Gulf Coast University after being a part of a few state titles.

Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at