Local athletes named to all-league, all-state teams
May 22, 2003
The South Tahoe softball and baseball teams each had some athletes selected to the Northern Nevada 4A all-league list and the Whittell baseball team had five players on the all-state list following a run at the 2A state title.
From the Vikings baseball team, juniors Marcus McKinnon and Peter Maes made the second team, while junior A.J. Russo was recognized for honorable mention.
On the STHS softball team, junior outfielder Missy Lucero made the second team and senior captain Libby Bigelow received honorable mention.
The Whittell baseball team was honored with five players named to the 2A all-state team after making a run for the state title in Boulder City last weekend. The Warriors finished third in the final state standings.
The Warriors’ Tyler Corey, Ian Jacobsen and Travis Purdy were all named to the first team and Jake Summers and Tyson Frederick to the second team.
“This was the heart and soul of our team right here,” said Whittell manager Don Amaral. “They set the example and busted for us for four years here. Ian, Travis and Tyson were four-year performers who just did a terrific job for us. I’m going to really miss them all, both as players and as people.”
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Corey, who played catcher, first base and designated hitter, had a batting average of .472 with 25 runs scored, 34 RBIs and four home runs. Jacobsen, a unanimous first-team selection, led the Warriors on offense with a .500 batting average, 45 runs scored and 42 RBIs. Purdy, a pitcher, batted .425 with 41 runs scored, 32 RBIs and won nine games with an ERA of 2.35.
Summers, who played baseball for Whittell this year for the first time since the age of 12, batted .489, scored 23 runs and knocked in 25 runs. Summers had his nomination seconded by state champion Faith Lutheran coach Chris Pfatenhauer, “who said he was one of the best hitters he had seen all year,” Amaral said. Summers went 3 for 3 at the plate in last Friday’s game against the Crusaders.
Frederick, who joined the team late, batted .467 with 18 RBIs, one home run and “was one of our leaders in league competition,” Amaral said.
“Missy Lucero is the first South Tahoe player that made all-league, first or second team, in the last five years,” said STHS softball manager Rich Barna of his team’s star performer.
Barna noted the junior was in her second year of varsity play and received all-league honors for her work in center field. She also played pitcher. She batted .250 with an on-base average of .350, 11 RBIs, nine stolen bases, a fielding average of .889 with 32 putouts and eight assists and perhaps most impressively, she only had five errors.
“She was voted by her teammates as the best defensive player of the year,” Barna said. “She had strong defense in the outfield and was a leader in running the outfield for us. She was also a very strong leadoff batter.”
Bigelow played three years of varsity softball for the Vikings and was the team captain. Her main position was pitcher, but she also played first base. She batted .226 with an on-base average of .321, 11 putouts, 46 assists and for the first 11 games of the year she did not have a single error.
“She was voted the team’s most valuable player,” Barna noted. “She did a really good job of pitching and playing strong defense in the infield. She was able to step up for us and be kind of a utility player in a lot of different ways.”
The South Tahoe baseball team’s McKinnon hit .526 in league play and went 20 for 38 at the plate, which STHS manager Doug Russell called “outlandish”. McKinnon also had eight RBIs, four stolen bases, five doubles and three triples in the league. Overall for the season, the center fielder and occasional shortstop hit .463, stole 13 bases and drove home 16 runs.
Maes hit .400 in the league with three home runs and five doubles. Although he was 0 for 4 as a pitcher in the league, he was still named to the 4A second-team list.
“An 0-4 record is not very indicative of the baseball he threw,” Russell said. “He didn’t have any league wins, but he was recognized as one of the top throwers in the league. It is a real compliment to be recognized with respect to the record we had this year.”
Russo, a catcher, hit .313 in league and .351 overall with 20 RBIs and five home runs.
Russell praised his star players for their leadership and solid play throughout the season.
“They are three leaders of the team, recognized as players who are going to lead the way and we are going to go as they go,” Russell said. “They represent a lot of RBIs and the players look up to them to see what kind of tone they are going to set for the day.”
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