Ty Hensley's life is pretty busy these days. But the Edmond Santa Fe pitcher, who was recently drafted by the New York Yankees, also knows there are more important things than another workout session or more contract negotiations.
On Tuesday night, Hensley served as the honorary team captain for the Pirates, a T-ball team that participates in the Spirit League in Yukon, designed for children with disabilities.
The Pirates have five players who are patients at The Children's Center in Bethany, where Hensley and his mother have been volunteers in the past. Hensley joined the team for their end-of-season celebration and trophy ceremony Tuesday night
“It's really impressive that a New York Yankee like Ty would take the time to brighten the day of our patients at The Children's Center,” said Travis Doussette, the communications coordinator at The Children's Center.
Hensley appreciates such moments just as much.
“I started volunteering there in January,” he said. “My mom's company went there one day and she told me about it. I thought it sounded like a pretty cool idea, so we got me signed up to volunteer there. It's a really neat experience.”
NORMAN NORTH SOCCER RANKED NO. 1 IN FINAL ESPN POLL
Norman North's boys soccer team was No. 1 in Oklahoma's Class 6A after it beat Tulsa Union for the state title.
And Tuesday, the Timberwolves were proclaimed No. 1 in the nation among the spring-soccer states. North is the top team in ESPN's final 2012 POWERADE FAB 50 Boys' Soccer Spring Rankings.
Norman North was unranked in the preseason and didn't make an appearance in the rankings until Week 3, when it debuted at No. 26.
Senior Brandon Little Axe, who has signed with Oklahoma Christian, was The Oklahoman's All-City Boys Soccer Player of the Year after leading the Timberwolves with 22 goals. He scored both of the team's goals in its title-game win.
DEER CREEK WINS K-STATE 7-ON-7 EVENT
Deer Creek traveled to Manhattan, Kan., last weekend for its first appearance in Kansas State's 7-on-7 football tournament and won the whole thing.
The Antlers finished 9-1 over the weekend, beating Salina South (Kan.) 27-7 in the finals. The tournament featured teams from several states.
One team of note that Deer Creek topped in pool play, Valor Christian (Colo)., features Oklahoma State quarterback commit Luke Del Rio, the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio.
In the quarterfinals, Deer Creek beat fellow Oklahoma team Heritage Hall 35-21. In the semifinals, the Antlers topped Lincoln Southwest (Neb.) 45-21.
The Antlers were 7-4 last season and return many talented seniors this season. Quarterback Joel Blumenthal established himself as one of Class 5A's top passers last season, and receiver Jared Rayburn, the son of former Sooner Tony Rayburn, is a speedy deep threat.
SLOWPITCH ALL-STATE SATURDAY
The Slowpitch All-State games are set to be held at the University of Oklahoma's Marita Hines Field on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.
The small-school game will kick off the action, followed by the middle-sized schools at 1 p.m. and the large schools at 3 p.m.
Slowpitch All-State game rosters:
Small East: Cheyenne Miller, Stonewall; Charitee Evans, Red Oak; Bradianne Daniel, Stonewall; Angela Lawson, Stuart; Kelsey Songer, Soper; Ashley Owens, Maud; Lexi Mercer, Welch; Traycee Buxton, Wetumka; Adriana Worley, Bowlegs; Tamara Thompson, Tupelo; Erin Casey, Asher; Alissa Oliphant, Asher; J.J. Stewart, Roff; Magan Kile, Roff; Monica Miller, Roff; Chelsi Mason, Soper; Sarada Lena, New Lima; Asiah Sumpter, Red Oak; Coach: Kathy Gregson, Roff