Sport Shorts: July 27
STANEK EXCELS THIS SUMMER
Ryne Stanek graduated from Blue Valley High School in 2010. He helped the Tigers win the Class 6A state championship and was drafted in the third round by the Seattle Mariners.
Despite being the 99th player taken in the draft, he turned down the money to play professional baseball and decided to attend the University of Arkansas.
He had a big sophomore season for the Razorbacks and has continued his success this summer.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 180-pounder from Overland Park posted an 8-4 record in his sophomore year. He had an earned run average of 2.82, striking out 83 batters in 92 2/3-innings of work. He held hitters to an .229 average in the baseball-strong Southeastern Conference.
He saved his best for the end of his collegiate season.
In the NCAA Regional finals he pitched seven shutout innings to beat Rice and then he won a game in College World Series. He defeated defending champion South Carolina.
One scout who watched the South Carolina game says, “He has top of the draft stuff. He has a chance to be a number two starter (in the Major Leagues).”
Stanek has attracted the attention of the Major League Baseball scouts this summer.
“You get kind of used to it, but never fully get used to it,” Stanek tells MLB.com. “I think you’re more able ignore it, not getting caught up in the hype.”
The former Tiger was named to the Collegiate National Team. The team went to Cuba for five games against the Cuban National team, and then it was off to the Netherlands for games against several different nations in late July.
Stanek tells MLB.com, “It’s going to be so much fun. I’ve never been out of the country. We will remember this for the rest of your lives..”
Then come the fall, Stanek will be back at Arkansas for his junior year. And maybe a first-round pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
ADAM IN WILMINGTON
BV Northwest graduate Jason Adam is pitching for the Kansas City Royals’ High Class A team in Wilmington, Delaware.
Adam, a 2010 Husky graduate, was drafted in the fifth round by the Royals and signed for $750,000.
He is in his second year in the minor leagues.
He doesn’t have a great record at 2-9 in his first 11 decisions, but he has a good earned run average of 3.76 with 85 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 105 1/3 innings.
Adam was featured in Baseball America’s Hot Prospect list in late July.
ALL-STATE SOFTBALL ANNOUNCED
Several area softball players have been named to the first team Kansas All-State by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association.
All came in Class 5A.
St. Thomas Aquinas, which finished second at the state tournament, has three players – freshman infielder Casey Campbell, senior outfielder Katelyn Pascuzzi and sophomore pitcher Brooklin Hinz. The other area player on the first team is Blue Valley junior Anna Varriano.
FORMER JAGUAR WINS IN TOPEKA
Blue Valley West graduate Travis Helgeson won the Jayhawk Tennis Open in Topeka early this summer.
Helgeson is a 2004 graduate of BV West and won three consecutive state singles titles while in high school.
He went on to play collegiate tennis at University of Texas and University of Georgia.
The former Jaguar beat Lloyd Bruce-Burgess, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the finals to win the Jayhawk Open for the second time. The victory earned him $1,000.
Helgeson is in commercial real estate in the Kansas City area
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering,”
— Fanny Crosby