Tyner’s Jamarie Ballard overcomes shooting death of mother to excel in football, classroom, life

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Jamarie Ballard led Tyner to an overtime win against Central last week, ending a three-game skid to start the season for the reigning state champions, but the senior quarterback has dealt with much bigger challenges off the football field.

The circular medallion around Jamarie Ballard's neck would typically symbolize wholeness, inset with a small family photo.

Instead, it's a reminder to him of what's missing from his life.