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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® ANNOUNCES 2007 STATE HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –Louisville Slugger® and the National High School Baseball Coaches Association (BCA) in conjunction with Baseball America are pleased to announce the 2007 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. 

“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 2007 winners of these awards follows.

STATE

PLAYER

SCHOOL/HOMETOWN

POSITION

Alabama

Kentrail Davis

Theodore HS

OF

Alaska

Bryn Calhoun

Sitka HS

SS/P

Arizona

Tim Alderson

Horizon HS, Scottsdale

OF

Arkansas

Delta Cleary

Jonesboro HS

OF

California

Mike Moustakas

Chatsworth HS

SS

Colorado

Matt Presley

Cheyenne Mtn. HS, Col. Spgs

3B

Connecticut

Matt Harvey

Fitch HS, Groton

P

Delaware

Brett Oberholtzer

William Penn HS, New Castle

P

D. of Columbia         

L.J. Hoes

St. John’s HS

OF/P

Florida

Michael Main

Deland HS

P/OF

Georgia

Josh Smoker

Calhoun HS

P

Hawaii

Harrison Ishida

Punahou HS, Honolulu

P

Idaho

Josh Osich

Bishop Kelly HS, Boise

P

Illinois

Jake Smolinski

Boylan Catholic HS, Rockford

3B

Indiana

Jarrod Parker

Norwell HS

P

Iowa

Jon Gilmore

City HS, Iowa City

INF

Kansas

Derek Norris

Goddard HS

C

Kentucky 

Ben Revere 

Lexington Catholic HS

OF

Louisiana

Carmen Angelini

Barbe HS, Lake Charles

SS

Maine

Jerrett Lucas

Old Town HS

INF/C

Maryland

Joseph Yermal

McDonogh HS, Owings Mills

P/1B

Massachusetts

Kevin Scanlan

Lincoln Sudbury HS, W Rxbry

P

Michigan

D.J. LeMahieu

Brother Rice HS, Blmfield Hills

INF

Minnesota

Mike Kvasnicka

North HS, Lakeville

C

Mississippi

Wendall Fairley

George County HS, Lucedale

OF

Missouri

Nicholas Tepesch

Blue Springs HS

P

Nebraska

Matt Freeman

Elkhorn HS

P

Nevada

Taylor Cole

Bishop Gorman HS, Reno

SS/P

New Hampshire

Brian White

Salem HS

1B

New Jersey

Rick Porcello

Seton Hall Prep HS, W.Orange

P

New Mexico

Anthony Haase

Rio Rancho HS

P

New York

Ken Ferrer

Pleasantville HS

P/1B

North Carolina

Madison Bumgarner

South Caldwell HS, Hudson

P

North Dakota

Shane Gathman

Minot HS

P/OF

Ohio

Derek Dietrich

St. Ignatius HS, Cleveland

P

Oklahoma

Pete Kozma

Owasso HS

SS

Oregon

Joey Mahalic

Wilson HS, Portland

P/3B

Pennsylvania

Devin Mesoraco

Punxsutawney HS

C

Rhode Island

Gary Gilheeney

Bishop Hendricken HS,Warwick 

P

South Carolina

Marty Gantt

North Augusta HS, Augusta

OF/P

Tennessee

Josh Liles

University School of Jackson

C

Texas

Blake Beavan

Irving HS

P

Utah

Adam Gunn

Snow Canyon HS, St. George

SS/P

Vermont

Casey Harman

South Burlington HS

P/1B

Virginia

Neil Ramirez

Kempsville HS

P

Washington

Julian Sampson

Skyline HS, Sammamish

P           

West Virginia

Patrick Arnold

Huntington HS

P

Wisconsin

Andrew Paulauskas

Tremper HS, Kenosha

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