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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® ANNOUNCES 2009 STATE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

LOUISVILLE, KY (July 15, 2009) – Louisville Slugger® and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) in conjunction with Baseball America are pleased to announce the 2009 Louisville Slugger State High School Baseball Players of the Year Awards.  A player of the year was selected in 47 participating states and Washington, DC by coaches who are members of the BCA.

“Once Again, we are proud to join Louisville Slugger and Baseball America in honoring these fine young baseball players from all across the United States,” said BCA Executive Director Ron Davini.  “These players have been selected by coaches in their jurisdictions as the best player in their respective home states.  We’re sure to be hearing more about these players in years to come, at both the collegiate and professional levels.”

Louisville Slugger initiated the State High School Player of the Year Awards in 2004 as part of its 120th anniversary.  The legendary company is proud of its rich heritage and tradition in baseball.  Louisville Slugger bats, first made in 1884, have been linked to so many of the greatest moments in baseball history.  This year the company is celebrating its 125th year!

“Louisville Slugger is the official bat of Major League Baseball and in addition to all of our history, we have the majority of MLB players using our bats today,” said Louisville Slugger President Marty Archer.  “These State High School Player of the Year Awards are a way to honor today’s high school stars for their outstanding accomplishments as they work to try to
become the Major League stars of the future.”

Recipients of the Louisville Slugger State High School Player of the Year Awards will receive specially engraved black and silver Louisville Slugger bats noting their achievement.  Their respective schools will receive a replica for the school trophy case.

A list of the 2009 winners of these awards follows:

State

Player

School/Hometown

Position

Alabama Luke Bole Hartselle HS P, DH
Alaska Ross Venneberg Sitka HS P, 1B
Arizona Jake Barrett  Desert Ridge HS - Mesa P
Arkansas D.J. Baxendale Sylvan Hills HS – Sherwood P, 2B
California Matt Hobgood Norco HS P, 1B
Colorado Bryan Peters Rocky Mntn HS – Ft. Collins P, 3B
Connecticut Matt Carasiti Berlin HS P
Delaware Eric Buckland Caravel Academy – Bear P, RF
D. of Columbia Matt Bowman St. Albans – Washington P, SS
Florida Patrick Schuster Mitchell HS – New Port Richey P, 1B
Georgia Zack Wheeler East Paulding HS – Dallas P
Hawaii Breland Almadova Iolani HS – Honolulu P
Idaho Jacob Coats Twin Falls HS P
Illinois Seth Schwindenhammer Limestone Comm. HS – Bartonville OF
Indiana Adam Norton Andrean HS – Merrillville P, INF
Iowa Dean McArdle North HS – Sioux City P
Kansas Garrett Gould Maize HS P, OF
Kentucky Luke Maile Covington Catholic HS C
Louisiana Zack Von Rosenberg Zachary HS P, INF
Maine Chris Bernard Scarborough HS P
Maryland Branden Kline Thomas Johnson HS – Frederick P
Massachusetts Kyle McKenzie Thayer Academy P
Michigan Dan Fields U.D. Jesuit HS - Detroit  SS
Minnesota Ryan Abrahamson Tartan HS -  Oakdale SS
Mississippi Darren Farmer W. Lauderdale HS – Collinsville C
Missouri Jacob Turner Westminster Christian HS – St. Louis P
Nebraska Logan Ehlers Nebraska City HS 1B
Nevada Jeff Malm Bishop Gorman HS – Las Vegas P, 1B
New Hampshire Mike Montville Portsmouth HS 1B
New Jersey Mike Trout Millville Senior HS OF
New Mexico Alex Wehner Rio Rancho HS P
New York Marcus Stroman Patchogue Medford HS – Medford P
North Carolina Wil Myers Wesleyan Christian Acdmy – High Point P, C
North Dakota Ryan Bollinger  Minot HS P
Ohio Justin Jamison Strongsville HS P
Oklahoma Dylan Bundy Sperry HS P, INF
Oregon Matt Maurer N. Medord HS – Medford P
Pennsylvania Mike Lubanski Malvern Preparatory C, 3B
Rhode Island Ryan Morris North Kingstown HS SS, 3B
South Carolina Chris Owings Gilbert HS SS
Tennessee Jason Thompson Germantown HS SS
Texas Michael Ratterree Memorial HS – Houston SS
Utah Marcus Littlewood Pine View HS – St. George SS, 3B
Vermont Ryan Carter Proctor HS P
Virginia Ethan Carter Menchville HS – Newport News P
Washington Drew Vettleson Central Kitsap HS – Silverdale P, OF
West Virginia Brandon King Martinsburg HS P
Wisconsin Kevin James Whitefish Bay HS – Milwaukee P, 1B

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