Thursday, June 12, 2008
Campbell, Sanders All-MPSA
The Mississippi Private School Association has recognized two Marshall Academy Patriots for their performances on the baseball diamond in 2008.
Shane Campbell was named to the All-MPSA first team, while Tyler Sanders was selected to the second team. Both graduated from MA in May and helped lead the Patriots to the state championship series in Class AA.
Other members of the All-MPSA first team are Caleb Reed, Bayou; Eric Boyd, Parklane ; Corey Dickerson, Brookhaven; Daniel Allen, Pillow; Kaleb Barlow, Jackson Prep; Brandon Simon, Wilkinson CCA; Mark Husband, Tunica Institute; Paul Mangialardi, Bayou; Chase Wroten, Hillcrest Christian; Tyler Fitzgerald, Simpson; Gage Wilkinson, Central Private; Derek Beach, Heidelberg; Stephen Roberson, Oak Hill; Luke Maddox, Jackson Prep; Josh Rogers, Hillcrest Christian; and Kurt Schneider, Jackson Prep.
Other members of the second team are Thomas Bourgeois, Central Private; Cory McClendon, Bayou; Jeremy Massie, Magnolia Heights; Colby Byrd, Brookhaven; Nick Schneeberger, Jackson Prep; Allen Johnson, Leake; Austin Hartzog, Hillcrest Christian; German Hays, Oak Forest; Pate Shackelford, Pillow; Alex Lummus, Oak Hill; Cody Worthy, Benton; Jeremy Vaughn, Starkville; Matthew Freeman, Trinity Episcopal; Walker Brown, Jackson Academy; Stephen Capistran, Simpson; Channing Martin, Kirk; and Luke Brumfield, Adams Christian.
Campbell and Sanders also represented MA in the May 24 MPSA all-star game at Trustmark Park in Pearl, along with Jimmy Hicks, who was head coach of the North AA-AAA team.
The North lost 12-8 but it was a great experience for the coach and the players.
“It was awesome,” Hicks said. “Getting to play at Trustmark Park is an experience these young men will remember the rest of their lives.
“We had the lead most of the way, but this game was not about winning or losing. It was about a good experience – everybody getting to play.”
He said Sanders started in right field and was two for two from the batter’s box with a walk, a single and a triple.
Campbell pitched some and played right field. He also hit once, with the ball going to the shortstop, “who made a great play,” Hicks said.
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