Miller Grove's Weaver named Most Valuable Player
From Staff Reports

May 27, 2005 - With a regional quarterfinal appearance under their belts, the Miller Grove Hornets were awarded with eight players on the District 14-A All-District team in balloting by the district coaches.

Senior Frank Weaver was awarded Most Valuable Player after a undefeated district season at 7-0 with a .49 earned run average for the Hornets this season. He also had a .612 batting average with five home runs for the Hornets, who finished the season 15-6 overall.

Junior James Weaver received the Offensive Most Valuable Player after batting .575 for the Hornets this season in the No. 2 hole in the lineup, and coach Sam Panter and the coaching staff shared Coach of the Year honors with the Celeste Blue Devils and coach Mike Lipsey.

Other superlative honors went to senior Stephen Walter for Defensive Most Valuable Player and Cumby freshman Josh Rodriguez was the Newcomer of the Year.

Miller Grove placed one player on the First Team, three players on the Second Team, and two player on Honorable Mention, while Cumby had three members on the First Team and four members on the Second team.

Ben Whillock, the Hornets senior southpaw, was named as the First Team pitcher after a 5-1 record with a 2.14 ERA during the regular season.

On the Second team were senior infielder B.J. Shoemaker, and sophomore outfielder Heath Meadows. Senior Ray Sparks and junior Billy Giles were named to the Honorable Mention list.

For Cumby, junior Jake Petty was named First Team catcher, while classmate Jeffrey Smith was named first team utility player, and senior outfielder Matt Steward was also a First Team Selection. On Second Team were junior pitcher Steven Boss, freshman infielder B.T. Brown, senior outfielder Rusty Vaughn, and senior outfielder Brandon Brown.

Celeste placed nine members on the All-District list, followed by Miller Grove's eight players, Wolfe City with eight, Cumby with seven, Bland with three players, and Fruitvale with one.

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