Jonathon Lombardo knew from days of playing football at Optimist Park where he wanted his future to take him. He loved the game from the first game he played and that love took him to new levels year after year. Lombardo excelled on the field at Marianna Middle and found new heights when he reached Marianna High School. Wednesday afternoon, the MHS Media Center was crowded with friends, family, teammates, and well wishers as he signed to play at the next level at Beloit University in Beloit, Wisconsin.
Marianna High School principal Hunter Nolen welcomed everyone to the signing starting with a lighthearted-opening comment, “I’m sure if Mr. Larson was here, he would have a Wisconsin accent but not sure I can pull that one off. Jonathan has worked hard here at Marianna High School for four years, I had the privilege of coaching him a little at the middle school level and then with Coach Donaldson, he has flourished here at Marianna High School. He’s a great kid, he has worked really hard here at MHS. Jonathan, this day is all about you buddy. I am very proud of you and I wish you the best of luck next year and I’m hoping we will stay in touch.”
Athletic director and head football coach John Donaldson thanked everyone for coming, “Today is a celebration of a guy who has poured his heart into it. Today I visited the eighth graders over at the middle school and we talked about getting started and coming in and lifting weights starting now and it actually made me think about him. Him and Riley in that grade and I remember having that meeting with them and they came and rode over here every afternoon with Ms. Mader there and they worked hard every day. That’s what I try to impress upon those kids the four-year commitment that he’s followed through with and I’d like to thank his family for all the support they have given me and our school and program. Jonathan is a fine young man and the task he has ahead for the next four or five years is a tough one. There’ll be tough days but we know he can get through it and flourish.”
Jonathan Lombardo not only excelled on the field but off the field and in the classroom. He plans a career in civil engineering. In an interview with Lombardo about his choice in schools, Lombardo said, “I like the field of course, they had a really nice field. The classroom size was great, it’s like 15 in the class so you can get really in depth with your professor, actually get some things done in the classroom. I like the city, there’s a lot of things to do around there. It’s about the size of Jacksonville.”
Lombardo is a very humble young man and didn’t hesitate to give credit to those who helped him reach his goal, “I’d like to thank my teammates for their help, they helped me get to where I am, my coaches and teachers, and my family. They all supported and helped me.”
Lombardo is the son of Tony Lombardo and Melissa Lombardo, and has one sibling Austin Lombardo.
Congratulations to Jonathan Lombardo on his success on and off the field from the publisher and editor of the Jackson County Times.