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The Walters family continues to make an impact in the community

The Walters sons have each won high school championships and put up big stats in their respective sports.

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Dakota Wesleyan's Jeffery Schuch (13) watches with University of Jamestown's Mason Walters to see if the ball goes through the net after Walters put up the shot on Feb. 26, 2022, at Harold Newman Arena.
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JAMESTOWN — The 2021-22 school year was an important for one of the most prominent families in the Jamestown sports scene. The year saw a run to the NAIA Sweet 16, a state title, a new job, a fifth-place finish and more for the Walters family.

“As a mom, I am their biggest fan and proudest supporter,” Amy Walters said. “I know what I’m most proud of is who they are outside of the basketball court or the competition field.”

On Nov. 12, 2021, the family’s middle son, Jackson Walters, had the biggest moment of the early part of the school year being part of the Jamestown Blue Jays state title winning football team. Less than a month later, Amy Walters left her job as the facilities manager at the Two Rivers Activity Center and was named the new executive director of the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department. Jackson followed that up with a second-place finish in the 172-pound weight class in the state wrestling meet.

“We’re all super competitive and all my brothers want to be better than each other so I think we help each other in that sense,” Mason Walters said. “We all want to be as good as we can.”

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Jamestown's Jackson Walters takes a swing at a ball during an American Legion game on June 16, 2022, at Jack Brown Stadium.
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At the collegiate level, Mason, a junior last season, helped lead the Jimmies to the NAIA Sweet 16 while averaging 24.2 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.

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Mason credits his success on the floor to the help that his parents, Amy and Marty, have given him.

“Definitely a lot, both my parents pushed me a lot and gave me opportunities," Mason said. "Whether that be driving to different tournaments or games. They’ve both pushed me a lot and given me opportunities I wouldn’t be able to have without them."

One of the constant presences at the Jimmies games was the youngest member of the Walters family, Edison, sitting courtside, cheering for the Jimmies and jeering the opponents. As the younger brothers, Edison and Jackson look up to Mason and his accomplishments.

“He sets a really good example of what we can do,” Jackson said. “He’s always there as a positive role model and always push us into athletics and academics and setting a really good example for us.”

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As a former college basketball player, Amy said she and Marty have always lived an active lifestyle and passed that along with the importance of sportsmanship and coachability onto their sons. Amy also said they’ve encouraged their kids to explore whatever interests them whether it be musicals or a sport.

“Somewhere along the lines our genetics probably helped a little bit,” Amy said. “They’ve had coaches and mentors and things like that have helped to develop them athletically and I think the role Marty has had has been on the other side of that.”

As Jackson is heading into his senior year, he said he has spoken to his older brother, Mason, about what the college search and application process is like.

“He helps with that sort of aspect,” Jackson said. “At one point there weren't many people going to college for sports. I don’t know if I’ve gotten older but we’ve seen more people going to college for sports and having one in my house and seeing what he went through and seeing how I could not fully mimic but seeing how he took the process, seeing the reasons he chose the school and how liked it. So, no matter what school I pick or if I decide to go for athletics, I always look up to him and ask him questions and he responds to them.”

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Amy said the thing that has meant the most to her and her family is the way that the teams are supported by the community.

“We’ve gotten to experience the 27-0 undefeated state high school basketball team and most recently the high school football state championship,” Amy said. “Our boys got to be part of those teams and to see how the community comes out and supports our young people is always something that needs to be commended and applauded.”

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My name is Max O'Neill. I am the Sports Lead at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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