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LOUISVILLE, KY- Louisville Slugger® and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) in conjunction with Baseball America are pleased to announce the 2005 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.

“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.”

This is the second year of the Louisville Slugger State High School Player of the Year Award program. Louisville Slugger initiated the awards last year as part of its 120th anniversary. The legendary company is proud of its rich heritage and tradition in baseball. Louisville Slugger bats have been linked to so many of the greatest moments in baseball history.

“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.

A list of the 2005 winners of these awards follows:



Alabama / Colby Rasmus / Russell County HS / Seale
Alaska / Matt Way / Sitka HS / Juneau
Arizona / Brian Matusz / St. Mary’s HS / Phoenix
Arkansas / Travis Wood / Bryant High School / Alexander

California / John Dennen / Rancho Bernardo HS / San Diego
Colorado / Sean Ratliff / Longmount HS / Longmount
Connecticut / Josh Zeid / Hamden HS / Hamden

Delaware / John Dischert / St. Mark’s HS / Wilmington
District of Columbia / Ivor Hodgson / St. John’s HS / Washington, DC

Florida / Andrew McCutcheon / Forte Meade HS / Forte Meade

Georgia / Buster Posey / Lee County HS / Leesburg

Hawaii / Jared Pate / Punahou HS / Honolulu

Idaho / Jonathan Gaston / Borah HS / Boise
Illinois / Matt Otterman / Lockport HS / Lockport
Indiana / Lance Lynn / Brownsburg HS / Brownsburg
Iowa / Justin Toole / Lewis Central HS / Council Bluffs

Kansas / Brent Millerville / Maize HS / Maize
Kentucky / Chaz Roe / Lafayette HS / Lexington

Louisiana / Beau Jones / Destrenhan HS Destrenhan

Maine / Ryan Flaherty / Deering HS / Portland
Maryland / Steve Johnson / St. Paul’s HS / Brooklandville
Massachusetts / Nate Freiman / Wellesley HS / Wellesly
Michigan / Zach Putman / Pioneer HS / Ann Arbor
Minnesota / Chris Buss / Rosemount HS / Rosemount
Mississippi / Tyler Moore / Northwest Rankin HS / Rankin County
Missouri / Scott VanSlyke / John Burroughs HS / Lodue

Nebraska / Robbie Knight / Millard North HS / Omaha
Nevada / Jake Rasner / Wooster HS / Reno
New Hampshire / Ryan Walfield / Spaulding HS / Rochester
New Jersey / Shooter Hunt / Ramapo HS / Franklin Lakes
New Mexico / Brian Cavazos-Galvez / Mazano HS / Albuquerque
New York / Pedro Alvarez / Horace Mann HS / Bronx
North Carolina / Cameron Maybin / TC Roberson HS / Asheville
North Dakota / Jake Marto / Grand Forks HS / Grand Forks

Ohio / Jonathan Niese / Defiance HS / Defiance
Oklahoma / C.J. Henry / Putman HS / Oklahoma City
Oregon / Bryn Card / Henley HS / Henley

Pennsylvania / Jeff Bianchi / Lampeter-Strasburg HS / Lampeter

Rhode Island / Mike Watkins / Tolman HS / Pawtucket

South Carolina / Reese Havens / Bishop England HS / Daniel’s Island

Tennessee / Ryan Morris / Tullahoma HS / Tullahoma
Texas / Jay Bruce / Westbrook HS / Beaumont

Utah / Mark Pawelek / Springerville HS / Springerville

Vermont / Luke Boylan / Essex HS / Essex Junction
Virginia / Justin Upton / Great Bridge HS / Chesapeake

Washington / Tyler Cheney / Richland HS / Richland
West Virginia / Alex Wilson / Hurricane HS / Hurricane
Wisconsin / Nick Grunenwald / Merrill HS / Merrill

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