High school notebook: Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley signs with Cincinnati Reds

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: June 10, 2014
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photo - Carl Albert's Gavin Lavalley pitches during the 5A high school baseball state championship tournament at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla.,  Friday, May 10, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Carl Albert's Gavin Lavalley pitches during the 5A high school baseball state championship tournament at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Okla., Friday, May 10, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

LaValley signs with Reds

Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley made a quick decision, and it didn't go the way the Oklahoma Sooners had hoped.

The first baseman officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just days after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He earlier had signed to play baseball at OU.

The state's Gatorade Player of the Year confirmed via text message Tuesday that he had already reported to the Reds days after telling MLB.com he intended to sign with the team.

MLB.com reports that LaValley signed for $525,000, well over the slot assignment of $411,900.

He hit .539 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs last season. The Reds picked him at No. 125 overall.

MOORE HIRES PAUL HIX AS FOOTBALL COACH

Former Stillwater offensive coordinator Paul Hix was approved by the Moore School Board on Monday as the new football coach at Moore High.

Todd Watters was let go after two seasons with the Lions. Hix becomes the fourth coach in eight seasons for Moore.

Stillwater ran a fast-paced spread offense under Hix, which he plans to install with the Lions. He served as Stillwater’s offensive coordinator for the past four seasons.

Moore also hired Steven Peeler as its new baseball coach.

Moore schools are still searching for a district-wide athletic director to replace Carl Franks, who is expected to be reassigned within the district. And Southmoore’s head coaching job also remains vacant after Jeff Brickman left to become the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist last week.

OSSAA SETS APPEALS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors approved the members of the new appeals panel that begins in August and will hear all appeals each Wednesday one week ahead of the board meetings.


by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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