Three Central Oregon seniors — Redmond pitcher J.D. Abbas, Bend High first baseman Jonah Koski and Mountain View outfielder John Carroll — have been chosen to play on the South squad in the three-game Oregon All-Star Baseball Series this weekend in Corvallis.
The series, which showcases the top Class 6A and 5A seniors from around the state at Oregon State University’s Goss Stadium, consists of a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
Abbas, who led the Panthers to the Intermountain Conference championship this spring en route to the state semifinals, went 4-0 in league play this year with a 1.12 earned-run average and 32 strikeouts in 31 innings. He turned in a 10-inning, 162-pitch performance last week in Redmond’s 5-4 semifinal loss to Sherwood that went 11 innings.
Koski led the IMC in hitting this year, batting .555 in 54 at-bats. The Lava Bear senior also had a league-high 21 RBIs and 30 hits before helping Bend win three state playoff games and make the 5A championship game.
Carroll did not have the team success that Abbas and Koski achieved this year — Mountain View went just 5-17 — but the Cougars’ three-sport standout hit .359 and posted an on-base percentage of .490.
Coaching the South will be Bend High’s Bret Bailey and Sheldon’s Stan Manley.
For more information on the Oregon All-Star Series, go to www.oregonallstarseries.com.
Bears, Panthers earn all-state honors
Five Central Oregon softball players have been named to the Class 5A all-state softball first team. Bend’s Lisa Sylvester (jr., catcher), Kendall Kramer (jr., infielder) and Awbrie Elle Kinkade (so., designated player) received first-team honors, as did Redmond seniors Ashley Pesek (pitcher) and Alyssa Nitschelm (infield).
The Panthers’ Marissa Duchi (sr., infielder) and the Lava Bears’ Katie Brown (jr., outfielder) were selected to the second team, and Mountain View junior outfielder Jenna Henninger received honorable mention.
For a complete list of the 5A all-state teams, see Scoreboard, above.
Bend’s Mattox receives student-athlete scholarship
Bend High senior Jenna Mattox has been awarded one of eight Oregon Athletic Coaches Association student-athlete scholarships for the 2012-13 school year. Mattox was a three-sport athlete for the Lava Bears throughout high school, running track and cross-country as well as playing basketball. Last fall she finished 11th overall in the Class 5A girls state cross-country championships, and this past winter she helped Bend advance to the 5A girls basketball tournament.
Locals named to all-state 4A baseball teams
Sisters junior Joey Morgan has been named the Class 4A baseball player of the year after leading the Outlaws to the state semifinals.
One of six Outlaws to receive all-state recognition, Morgan batted .624 and knocked in 41 runs in 29 games. A catcher for most of his high school career, Morgan also pitched for Sisters this season, going 9-1 with a 0.62 earned-run average.
Sophomore shortstop Justin Harrer was named to the all-state first team, seniors Nicky Blumm (infielder) and Eli Boettner (outfielder) were selected to the second team, junior infielder Jardon Weems made the all-state third team, and senior infielder Sam Calarco received honorable mention.
Madras senior Devin Ceciliani was chosen to the all-state second team as an outfielder and Ridgeview sophomore Tyler Ross received all-state third-team honors, also in the outfield. Raven catcher Collin Runger, a sophomore, received honorable mention.
Outlaw baseball coach Steve Hodges was named 4A’s coach of the year after guiding Sisters to a school-record 26 wins. The Sky-Em League champions won 24 consecutive games this spring, also a school record.
Madras, Sisters players to participate in 4A baseball series
Madras’ Devin Ceciliani and Sisters’ Nicky Blumm have both been chosen to play in the Oregon 4A High School Baseball All-Star Series, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
The three-game series — one nine-inning game will be played on Saturday and two seven-inning contests will take place on Sunday — will take place at Roseburg’s Legion Field. Ceciliani will play outfield for the North Team and Blumm will take the infield for the South Team.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Sisters High to host lacrosse all-star game
The High Desert League all-star team, made up of Central and Eastern Oregon lacrosse players, will take on the North Valley Conference all-stars in an exhibition at Sisters High on Saturday, June 15. The North Valley Conference consists of high school teams from Salem, Corvallis and West Albany.