Carl Albert senior Gavin LaValley was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday, becoming a finalist for National Player of the Year honors.
LaValley, who is regarded as the state’s top hitter, collected 19 home runs and 75 RBIs this season while helping the Titans win their third straight Class 5A championship.
“Gavin LaValley is the most accomplished hitter that we have had come through our highly successful program,” Carl Albert High coach Wayne Dozier said in a release. “His physical ability is only the beginning of his attributes as a player. He is also a great competitor, an outstanding leader and a gifted and well-rounded player both offensively and defensively. His contributions, both as a player and a leader, have allowed us to continue to be highly successful as a team.”
LaValley, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound corner infielder, has signed with Oklahoma, but is likely to be drafted in next week’s MLB Draft.
He was also dominant on the mound, winning six games and posting a 1.25 ERA.
The award recognizes athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
CHOCTAW’S BECKA LEATHERS WINS TOP AWARD AT FILA NATIONALS
Choctaw wrestler Becka Leathers, who just completed her junior year of high school, was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Body Bar FILA Junior Nationals in Irving, Texas, earlier this month.
Leathers won a competitive 121-pound division, defeating Haley Augello of Tennessee in the finals.
Leathers swept the best-of-3 championship series over Augello, by decisions of 10-1 and 6-2.
Winners in the eight World Championships weights earn a spot on the U.S. FILA Junior Team, which will compete in the FILA Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, Aug. 5-10.
ALL-CITY BASKETBALL GAMES WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY
The metro area’s top high school basketball players will be on display one last time Wednesday and Thursday nights.
The Little All-City basketball games are Wednesday night at Redlands Community College in El Reno, set to begin with the girls at 6:30, followed by the boys at 8. They will include free-throw and 3-point shooting contests at halftime of each game.
On Thursday, the Big All-City games will be held at Del City High School, starting with girls at 6:30 p.m. Three-point and slam dunk contests will take place at halftime.