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Outfielder Jeff Harkensee signed with teh Boomers in April 2012.
Harkensee, 24, was born in Park Ridge, Ill. and makes his home in Arlington Heights after graduating from Southeastern Louisiana in 2011. Harkensee led the Lions in homers (10) and RBI (55) after batting .308/.376/.507 as a senior. The Arlington Heights native was also named to the ABCA All-South Central Region Second Team as well as the All-Southland Conference Third Team.
As a junior in 2010, Harkensee hit .325/.394/.529 and led the Southland Conference with 27 doubles, which placed him tenth nationally and set a Lions single-season record. The 5’11” outfielder was one of four players to start all 59 games for Southeastern Louisiana, and Harkensee led the team in total bases (127) and multi-hit games (24). His impressive 2010 season led to a Second Team All-Southland Conference Selection.
After his first season as a member of the Lions Baseball Team, Harkensee spent the summer of 2010 with the Okotoks Dawgs of the Western Major Baseball League, Canada’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Harkensee helped lead the Dawgs to a 29-18 record after batting .394/.418/.612 with 17 doubles, seven homers and 41 RBI.
Prior to transferring to Southeastern Louisiana, Harkensee played football as a freshman at Illinois State before concentrating on baseball full-time. Harkensee excelled in his sophomore campaign at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College where the lefty batted .363 with 20 doubles, four triples, six homers and 46 runs batted in. Those numbers were good enough to garner First-Team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and First-Team All-Region I honors.
A two-year letter winner at Buffalo Grove High School, Harkensee was tabbed as an All-Conference and Class 7A All-Area selection in both baseball and football, serving as team captain in both sports.