Carl Albert catcher Corey Zangari continued his impressive summer Tuesday when he was selected for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Aug. 16.
There’s a slight change in position for Zangari, too.
Normally a catcher for the Titans, Zangari is listed as a pitcher for the game. He saw limited action on the mound for Carl Albert the past few seasons, but is regularly clocked on the radar gun in the upper 90s.
“With a powerful arm and a sharp breaking ball, Corey is an intimidating presence on the mound,” said Steve Bernhardt, Executive Vice President of Baseball at Baseball Factory and Chairman of the selection committee for the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. “A talented all-around prospect who can swing the bat as well, we are excited to see Corey impress the scouts at Wrigley Field this summer in the Under Armour All-America Game.”
Zangari, who is 6 foot 4 and 220 pounds, hit .505 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs last season. He is also verbally committed to Oklahoma State.
He was selected earlier in the summer for the Perfect Game All-American Classic on Aug. 10 at San Diego’s Petco Park.
The Under Armour game will be televised at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 — a day after it is played — on MLB Network (Cox 264). It features 38 players from across the country.
FIRST APPEALS PANEL MEETING WEDNESDAY
The first meeting for the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Intermediate Appeals Panel is at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The panel has been formed to rule on appeals 12 times per year, including twice in August and September.
There will be five members of the panel, which includes Oklahoma City Schools district administrator Charles Carpenter, Alva superintendent Steve Parkhurst, Verdigris athletic director Gary Kennemer, Burns Flat-Dill City superintendent Ron Hughes and Talihina superintendent Jason Lockhart.
Six appeals are scheduled for Wednesday.
CASADY’S JOHNSON COMMITS TO IOWA STATE
Just weeks after de-committing from Tulsa, Casady’s Denver Johnson has decided on another college destination.
The wide receiver verbally committed to Iowa State on Monday, announcing his decision via Twitter.
“I’ve decided to further my education and football career and verbally commit to Iowa State University,” he tweeted.
Johnson, who is No. 23 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30, caught 39 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns last season.
Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
MCGUINNESS HOPING DEFENSE CARRIES TEAM EARLY
With McGuinness replacing so many parts on its offense, including quarterback, Irish coach Justin Jones is looking for his defense to carry the load.
“You know as well as I do in this game that if you play good defense and you can hang on offensively,” he said. “That’s the boat we’re in especially in the beginning of the year.”
McGuinness returns an experienced secondary, which Jones said is key in Class 5A. That allows him to focus on the defensive line and linebackers.
And he’s impressed with a few of the options at linebacker in junior Conor Maguire, sophomore Clay Morris and senior Jennings Jarman.
“We’ve got the people there, it’s just finding the right guys and the right mix,” Jones said.
MURCER, FIELDS HELP AAU TEAM WIN FRESHMAN TOURNAMENT
Jessica Murcer and Lauren Fields recently helped guide the Oklahoma Stars to the PrimeTime Nationals freshman title in Frisco, Texas, and were recognized for their strong performance.
Murcer will be a freshman at Westmoore, while Fields attends Deer Creek.