Five local players receive all-state honors
In a list that is vastly different than the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association in late June, the Associated Press made its picks for the Class 1 all-state baseball teams. There were only first and second teams selected.
When the tabulating was finished, three Concordia Orioles made the grade for the teams. Two Santa Fe Chiefs were selected.
One of the three members of the Orioles, who finished this season with a 20-5 mark, including a berth in the Class 1 quarterfinals, losing to eventual state champion, La Plata, made it as a first-teamer.
Both of the Chiefs' selections made the grade as first-teamers.
The Orioles' senior Drew Smith, a first-team selection in the coaches' voting, received the same billing by the sportswriters and sportscasters.
Carter Brown, a first-team selection by the coaches, earned a second-team slot as a pitcher in the AP voting. Brown was a senior for CHS.
Concordia junior Collin Werths, a first-team selection by the coaches as an outfielder, was chosen as a second-team outfielder by the AP.
Making the biggest jump of the local players selected was Santa Fe junior Dalton Wilkinson. He was picked as an honorable-mention infielder by the coaches, but leaped to first team in the AP grid.
Sophomore Andrew Curry, the Chiefs' ace starting pitcher, also earned first-team notification as an outfielder by the AP. He was selected to the second team at the same position by the coaches.
CHS senior Tyler Tolias and sophomore catcher Hayden Brown were both second-team selections by the coaches but did not receive recognition by the AP.
Santa Fe freshman Keaton Graf also was an honorable-mention pick by the coaches. But he wasn't mentioned in the AP selections.
In other postseason news, Tolias, Carter Brown, Smith, senior Kent Schuette and junior Cale Brunkhorst also were selected to the academic all-state team.
Nate Beissenherz's Orioles had the best team grade-point average at 3.37 among all Class 1 teams. Bunceton was second at 3.33. New Haven finished third at 3.27.