High school notebook: OCABCA All-Star Game set for Wednesday
The annual Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game is Wednesday, even with Class 4A playing its state championship at the same time.
The OCABCA game is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Dolese Park. The organization also named its player, coach and field of the year for each region. The North’s Player of the Year is Edmond Santa Fe star Blake Robertson, an Oklahoma State signee. Kingfisher coach Stand Blundell is Coach of the Year. Guthrie was named Field of the Year.
Carl Albert’s Carter LaValley was named South’s Player of the Year. Blanchard’s Josh Raney was named Coach of the Year. Shawnee was named Field of the Year.
Here are the rosters:
Pitchers: Caleb Isaacs, Edmond North; Max Huffling, Deer Creek; Jackie Robinson, Edmond North; Jacob Ellis, Piedmont
Catchers: Jordan Coffey, Deer Creek; Skyler Fenton, Piedmont
Infielders: Ashton Hartley, Guthrie; Janson Reeder, Edmond North; Blake Robertson, Edmond Santa Fe; Braylen Wimmer, Yukon
Outfielders: Coit Morton, Edmond Memorial; Zach Goodwin, Kingfisher; O’shae Whiteside, Midwest City
Utility: Tanner Holliman, Oklahoma Christian School
DH: Dalton Tarrant, Putnam North
Reserves: Tristin Davenport, Putnam West; Max Hardberger, Heritage Hall; Diego Ramirez, Bethany; Josh Major, OKC Broncos; Derek Abeln, McGuinness
Coaches: Stan Blundell, Kingfisher; Jordan Semore, Heritage Hall
Pitchers: Jace Beck, Blanchard; Cale Davis, Westmoore; Hollis Huff, Norman North; Tyler Delong, Harrah
Catchers: Chance Westervelt, Westmoore; Dalton Smith, Norman North
Infielders: Colby Reed, Blanchard; Jack Kiker, Blanchard; Austin Wood, Shawnee; Carter LaValley, Carl Albert
Outfielders: Jacob Loflin, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Ayres, Southmoore; Jacob Clark, Westmoore
Utility: Jayden Shafer, Tecumseh
DH: Dalton Kudron, El Reno
Reserves: Zach Guillotte, Moore; Koalton Keller, McLoud; Val Arenivar, U.S. Grant; Tyler Hankins, Norman; Caden Young, Choctaw; Cody Carlton, Tuttle; Grant Randall, Norman North; Garen Revene, Harrah; Riley Lowey, Mount St. Mary; Logan Glass, Mustang.
Mustang hires Katie Bass
After four years of building Midwest City into a strong program, Katie Bass is looking to continue that elsewhere.
Bass was named the new girls basketball coach at Mustang on Monday.
“It is a great, great opportunity for my family and me,” Bass told The Oklahoman. “I’m really excited.”
Bass led the Bombers to the Class 6A state championship in 2016, her first season. She was The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Coach of the Year.
She was previously an assistant coach at her alma mater Edmond Santa Fe under her father, Paul Bass. She also coached two years at U.S. Grant. But her time with the Bombers is what truly stands out.
Last season, injuries marred the year for a talented team. But the Bombers did post a 3.6 GPA as a team. Overall, they went 72-31 in four seasons.
“I love my program, I love what I’ve done with it, I love my players and I love my parents,” Bass said. “I feel like the last four years I’ve changed the culture here for the better.”
Mustang made the Class 6A state semifinals last season, knocking off nationally ranked Putnam West in the quarterfinals. Coach Kevin Korstjens resigned following the season to return to Bridge Creek.
“Katie’s energy and enthusiasm will be a tremendous asset as she begins her new journey,” Mustang athletic director Robert Foreman said in a release. “Her state championship pedigree and love for the game will allow her to continue to build upon our rich girls basketball tradition.”