Riley adds to All-State selection
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

July 13, 2006 - Sulphur Springs' Josh Riley capped off his high school athletic career this week with an All-State selection - yes, another one.

Riley, who graduated from SSHS in May, was voted First Team All-State by the Texas Sports Writers Association. It is his second straight year to be named to the First Team as a second baseman.

Riley was also selected Honorable Mention All-State by two different organizations as a wide receiver in football as a senior.

This season in baseball, Riley was a unanimous pick as the District 12-4A Most Valuable Player after batting .539 during the season with 39 RBI, three home runs, 29 extra-base hits and 14 walks. During district play, he hit a smoking .657 with 17 RBI.

He was also selected to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

He led the Wildcats to a 21-9 overall record and district championship.

Cumby senior catcher Jake Petty also received recognition. He was named Honorable mention in Class A.

Petty, who was also invited to the THSBCA All-Star Game, was a  four-year starter for the Trojans and finished his high school career with a batting average of .480. As a senior, he batted .412.

Others area players who were named All-State included:

Class 4A - Texas High senior second baseman Justin Coats, Second Team

Class 3A - Lindale senior pitcher Carson Middleton, First Team; Lindale senior outfielder Brook Johnson, Third Team

Class 2A - Grand Saline junior catcher Brandon Luce, Second Team.

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