PLAYER OF THE YEAR
JON DENNEY, YUKON
The story: Denney hit .459 with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs this season but was just as valuable behind the plate, where virtually no one tried to run on the Millers. Denney, who has signed with Arkansas, was recently picked by the Red Sox in the third round of the MLB Draft.
AUSTIN O'BRIEN, OWASSO
Position: First baseman
The story: O'Brien was the best player on the best team in the state. O'Brien hit .411 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs to help the Rams become the first 6A champion to go undefeated.
TREY MICHALCZEWSKI, JENKS
Position: Second baseman
The story: Michalczewski helped the Trojans made the Class 6A state tournament by hitting .449 with 9 home runs and 46 RBIs. The Oklahoma signee was recently drafted by the White Sox in the seventh round.
DREW WARD, LEEDEY
The story: Ward was a sophomore last year but reclassified to graduate this year and enter the MLB Draft. He hit .507 with 9 home runs, 13 stolen bases and 39 RBIs. He was also solid in limited time on the mound, going 1-0 with a 1.24 ERA. Ward was picked in the third round by the Washington Nationals. He's also signed with Oklahoma, though he seems likely to go pro.
GAVIN LAVALLEY, CARL ALBERT
Position: Third Baseman
The story: LaValley opened eyes last year but really blossomed as a junior, trimming down and showing versatility by moving to third base. He was excellent as usual in the state tournament, delivering a two-run home run — his 20th of the season — in the Titans' semifinal win over Noble. More than half of his home runs went to the opposite field. He also finished with 76 RBIs.
DYLAN ADAMS, NEWCASTLE
The story: One of only two juniors on the first team, Adams was consistently excellent at the plate, hitting .565 with nine home runs and 72 RBIs. Of his 52 hits, 31 went for extra bases.
EVAN ANDERSON, DALE
The story: Anderson was one of the best two-way players around yet again this season. At the plate, he hit .442 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. He also stole 21 bases. On the mound, he was 6-2 with a 1.77 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched.
CHEVIN NOONE, CARL ALBERT
The story: Also a football standout on the Titans' 5A championship team, Noone was one of Carl Albert's most reliable players wherever he was this season. He hit .400 with 43 RBIs and nine stolen bases and was 7-0 with a 1.16 ERA, 46 strikeouts and just 10 walks in 48 1/3 innings pitched.
TRAE BOBO, OWASSO
Position: Designated Hitter
The story: Bobo didn't hit for a fantastic average, by high school standards at least, but was plenty feared at the plate. He hit 15 home runs and drove in 44 in helping the Rams go 36-0.
BLAKE BATTENFIELD, VERDIGRIS
The story: The Oklahoma State signee was dominant all year for the 3A champions. He was 7-0 with a 0.29 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed just three runs (two earned) all season and walked just seven. He also had two saves.
ZACH JACKSON, BERRYHILL
The story: The Arkansas signee was dominant this season, going 12-1 with a 0.40 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings. In a first-round state tournament win over Dewey, Jackson struck out 12 in a complete game. In the title game, Jackson went six innings, striking out 10 in the win.
COACH OF THE YEAR
LARRY TURNER, OWASSO
The story: Turner has won plenty of titles during his time at Owasso, but it's hard to argue this one was not his best coaching job. While the Rams went undefeated, 36-0, they weren't overly dominant against the better teams in the state. Instead, Owasso found ways to consistently win tight games. This team also had plenty of very solid players, player of the year Austin O'Brien included, but didn't have the overwhelming star like Dylan Bundy or Pete Kozma some Owasso teams have had in the past.