Sometimes you don't appreciate what you've seen until it's in your rearview mirror. The Herald-Leader's 2007 All-City baseball team is a good example. Many of those first-teamers are excelling in college. A couple jumped from high school to the pros. It speaks to the baseball talent in this town.
Ben Revere, Lexington Catholic: A first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins, Revere is playing outfield for the AA New Britain (Conn.) Rock Cats. As he has throughout his career, he's hitting over .300.
Robbie Ross, Lexington Christian Academy: A first-round draft choice of the Texas Rangers, Ross is playing A ball for the Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads. The left-hander has a 5-4 record with a 2.55 earned run average.
Jayson Langfels, Lafayette: A junior infielder at EKU, Langfels made first-team all-Ohio Valley Conference after hitting .373 with 16 homers, 61 runs and 50 RBI this year.
Tyler Oliver, LCA: After leading the nation's junior colleges with 30 homers and 103 RBI (in 55 games) at Wabash Valley (Ill.), Oliver is headed for Kentucky.
Thomas Royse, Paul Laurence Dunbar: The ace of Louisville's staff, the 6-foot-5 right-hander was the Big East pitcher of the year. He's 9-1 with a 2.80 ERA and has 100 strikeouts in 105 innings.
Nick Maronde, Lexington Catholic: A sophomore at Florida, southpaw Maronde has worked relief this season. He's 2-0 with a 6.39 ERA.
Casey Lucchese, Dunbar: A junior right-handed reliever at College of Charleston, Lucchese is 3-0 with a 3.27 ERA and has 44 K's in 33 innings.
Cameron Flynn, Henry Clay: A sophomore outfielder at Morehead State, Flynn hit .326 with 15 homers, 51 RBI and 45 runs this spring.
Justin Riddell, Lexington Catholic: A junior outfielder, Riddell led Cincinnati with a .313 average, with seven homers and 28 RBI.
Travis Redmon, Lexington Catholic: A junior second baseman at Morehead State, Redmon hit .333 with 42 runs and 18 RBI.
Wes Caldwell, Lexington Catholic: He played very little baseball at Middle Tennessee this year, but Caldwell is gearing up for his senior season as a wide receiver on the Blue Raiders' football team.
Matt Bracken, Dunbar: A junior outfielder at WKU, Bracken had arm surgery just as the season began.
■ Duran Elmore is having a big senior season for Danville. The Morehead signee has an 8-2 pitching record and a 1.02 ERA. In 71 innings, he's given up 35 hits while striking out 126. Elmore is hitting .468 with 49 runs and has 35 stolen bases. Danville senior first baseman Mike Evans leads the offense, hitting .519 with 15 homers and 54 RBI. He has signed with Wabash Valley (Ill.).
■ Tates Creek's 8-0 victory over Lexington Catholic in district play was the first time the Knights had been shut out since a 6-0 loss to Lawrence County in the 2008 state tournament. They scored in 72 consecutive games before Tates Creek ace Trevor Gott blanked them Monday.
■ Maysville St. Patrick is a surprising (shocking?) qualifier for the 10th Region baseball tournament. The Saints went into district play having lost 13 games in a row since a season-opening win over Silver Grove. Their most lopsided loss was 30-1 to Augusta. But St. Pat beat host Augusta 6-5 in the district semifinals on Monday.
■ Ballard senior catcher John Fidanza set a 7th Region single-season record with his 14th homer in a district win over Waggener. Fidanza is hitting .413 with 46 RBI. He has signed with Coastal Carolina, where he will room next year with Patrick Maronde of Lexington Catholic. Maronde had a 5-2 pitching record, with 55 K's in 38 innings for the Knights this season. He also batted .289.
■ Harrison County junior right-hander Logan Dailey threw only 60 pitches in a five-inning perfect game as the Thorobreds beat Nicholas County 12-0 in the 38th District finals. Dailey has 40 K's and only five walks in 40 innings. Harrison County senior shortstop Jared Martin, who signed with University of the Cumberlands, is hitting .480 with nine homers and 66 RBI. The Breds have won 17 games in a row, and took their district title for the 27th time in 30 years.
■ No. 4 West Jessamine got great pitching to take its district baseball title and get to 30 victories. Noah Smallwood threw a complete-game three-hitter as the Colts beat East Jessamine 2-0 in the semifinals. Alex Lester tossed a complete-game one-hitter in a 2-1 win over Mercer County in the finals.
■ East Jessamine senior catch Dylan Poulin, who hit over .400 and led the Jaguars to a school-record 27 wins, signed with Pikeville College.
■ Anderson County senior Jacob Russell had a career-high 16 strikeouts in a 10-1 win over Spencer County in the district semifinals. The Bearcats lost to Shelby County 5-3 in the finals when John Hunter hit a walk-off homer in the eighth inning.
■ Pikeville won the 59th District baseball title for the 26th time in 30 years. Junior Layne Cecil threw a no-hitter and had nine strikeouts in the Panthers' 11-0 win over Shelby Valley in the first round. Eighth-grader Jacob Hamilton had eight K's as Pikeville beat East Ridge 6-1 in the finals. The Panthers have been led by senior captains Scott McDonald and Patrick Keene.
■ Hopkins Central softball coach Jesse Huff got his 500th victory when the Lady Storm beat Caldwell County in district play. Huff won 118 slow-pitch games at South Hopkins, and now has 382 fast-pitch victories at Hopkins Central.
■ Ashland Blazer sophomore left-hander Sam Hunter ran his record to 7-0 with a five-inning 10-0 win over Fairview in the district tournament. Hunter struck out 14 of the 16 batters he faced.
■ There will be no post-season magic for Owensboro's baseball team this year. The Red Devils lost to Apollo 4-0 in the district semifinals and ended the season 13-18. Last year Owensboro took a 6-14 record into the playoffs, but wound up making it to the state finals before losing to Lexington Catholic.
■ Henry Clay grad Patrick Brady, a senior outfielder/shortstop for Bellarmine, was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers all-Midwest Region first team. Brady led Bellarmine with a .379 average, 13 homers and 56 RBI.
■ The "Best of the Bluegrass" all-star football game will be Sunday afternoon Dec. 12 at St. Xavier High School in Louisville. The Kentucky High School Coaches Association and the Greater Louisville Football Coaches Association have agreed to co-host the event, which used to be played in June. The game will match players on teams from the Louisville organization (that includes public and private schools in Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby and Bullitt counties, along with schools that play in the football districts with the Jefferson County schools). The KHSCA team will consist of players from elsewhere in the state. Nominations and selection of players will take place this fall.
■ Russell Shearer, a former University of the Cumberlands assistant, is Bellevue's new football coach.
■ Tony Kimbro Jr., who starred as a freshman at Manual but played basketball the last two seasons at a private school in North Carolina, is headed back to his hometown and hopes to play his senior year at Jeffersontown. Kimbro, whose dad Tony was Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1985 after a standout career at Seneca, told the Courier-Journal he was "very excited to get back to Louisville," and that he has "matured a lot as a basketball player and as a person."
■ M.H. "Pops" Ruddell, longtime equipment manager and aide for Tates Creek football, and William Reed, who does a little of everything as a volunteer for Bath County's sports teams, received the Dr. Rudy J. Ellis Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association. The KHSADA also recognized Sacred Heart track and cross country coach Rick Heim with the Garnis Martin Award. Gale Travis of Madisonville was named athletic director of the year, and Seneca AD Scott Greenwald received an award of merit. The male and female academic athletes of the year were DeShon Floyd of Frankfort and Karissa Jackson of Fort Knox.