Commentary | Area prep stars earn FACA baseball honors

June 19, 2012 

The Florida Athletic Coaches Association released its All-State baseball selections late last week, and several area players were honored in their respective classifications.

Chase and Cord Sandberg joined Correlle Prime and Danny Lee as Class 7A selections for the Manatee Hurricanes.

In Class 6A, Lakewood Ranch's Seth McGarry and Zach Larson were chosen.

Bayshore's Tyler Schoppelrey was selected for the Class 5A team alongside IMG Academy teammates Brett Hanewich and Max Foody.

And in Class 2A, Out-of-Door Academy's Tyler Dietrich made the team.

The Sandbergs and Prime were members of the 2011 Hurricanes that advanced to the state final four. Cord, a junior and coveted football prospect, is verbally committed to play college football at Mississippi State.

Prime elected to sign with the Colorado Rockies after the National League franchise selected him in the 12th round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.

McGarry and Larson provided standout seasons in leading the Mustangs to the 6A state semifinals.

Schoppelrey also aided Bayshore's baseball revival this season, as the Bruins with a core group of young

players made the state tournament before exiting in the regional quarterfinal round against powerhouse Tampa Jesuit and flamethrower Lance McCullers.

Foody joined IMG in 2010 to receive rehab following an injury, and won the varsity's Cy Young Award from the academy this past season. He was chosen in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hanewich has had lots of success since transferring to IMG from Lakewood Ranch. He tossed a no-hitter in February after working on his curveball with coach Steve Frey. Hanewich also earned the 2012 IMG Baseball Academy Award for his outstanding season.

The FACA also announced its All-Academic teams last week.

Only Chase Sandberg (Class 7A) and McGarry (6A) earned that distinction.

SCF academic honors

The NJCAA honored five State College of Florida athletes when it released its 2011-12 Academic Student-Athlete Awards on Monday.

Volleyball players Sarah Geraldson and Victoria Overmyer were listed with softball pitcher Chelsea Oglevie and baseball players Tyler Rocklein and Jeff Dally.

Geraldson won the Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence for her 4.0 grade-point average.

Oglevie (3.9 GPA) earned the Superior Academic Achievement award.

Dally (3.7), Rocklein (3.67) and Overmyer (3.63) were given the Exemplary Academic Achievement honor.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill

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