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Derrick Loveless: Athlete of the Week

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Derrick Loveless of Solon has accomplished pretty much everything one could ask for at the high school level, including 4 consecutive state football championships. Derrick, is the son of former Waterloo East standout Darius Loveless, so, from the very beginning Derrick was blessed with athletic genes.

Derrick Loveless is also the brother of Jessica Gehrke, who has made a name for herself Winning Four State Titles at the Track meet in 2010.  Now Gehrke, the soon to be sophomore volleyball standout at Florida International University will be much closer to her brother after he signed his first major league contract.

"She told me to come visit her but the only way to get down there is drive five hours but she said she would come up and see me play a couple times," Says Derrick Loveless.

Fast forward eight years and Back to back state baseball championships the 27th-round draft pick will began his professional career with Toronto's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team in Dunedin, Fla.

"I just came down to see the facilities and see how they run things down here and after seeing that I really liked it and I figured out Tuesday that I should sign."

After hitting .554, with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs this season for Solon, The new Blue Jay will just try to fit in where he can.

It's pretty good, definitely new. I don't really know anyone but all the guys down here are really nice and it's really easy to talk to the coaches and they help you out with things a lot."

Derrick Loveless was originally going to follow his father and go to the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship also wanted to thank all the coaches at Iowa for the opportunity and helping him through the process.

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