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Kurt Henderson, UTIL, Snow Canyon

The inaugural Marshall Gates Foundation/Deseret News all-star baseball game is tonight at 7. It will be played at Gates Field at Kearns High. A total of 34 players were chosen to participate in the game by a selection committee before the state tournaments began, and were divided into two teams (National and American). A Home Run Derby, featuring the state's top mashers, will be held prior to the nine-inning all-star game at 6 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $5, and all proceeds will go directly to the Marshall Gates Foundation.



1. Gavin Green CF

2. Brock Whitney 2B

3. Tyler Hanks SS

4. *Austin Maddy DH

5. Bo Fisher C

6. Brock Duke 3B

7. Adam Kelsch 1B

8. Kurt Henderson LF

9. Stephen Nelson RF

P Mike Dedrick


Nate Adamson

Mark Garrett

*Kyle Harris

Taylor Lyons

Kevin Nay

Desmond Poulson

Zane Pulver

*Home Run Derby participant

ABOUT ADAMSON: He finished the year with an 11-2 record. During the regular season, he threw six complete games and had a 2.79 earned run average. He has a 3.9 GPA.

ABOUT DEDRICK: He struck out 107 batters in 67 innings of work during the regular season, and had a 2.42 earned run average. A junior, he will play in several showcases this summer.

ABOUT DUKE: He hit .323 and went 6-1 as a pitcher during the regular season. Coach Jim "Shoe" Nelson says he is the smartest (in a baseball sense) player he's ever coached.

ABOUT FISHER: He hit .528 and slugged .764 during the regular season, recorded 14 extra-base hits (four doubles, six triples and four home runs) and had 32 RBIs. He scored 28 runs.

ABOUT GARRETT: He batted .430 during the regular season and drove in 35 runs. He had 15 extra-base hits (five home runs, eight doubles and two triples) and stole nine bases.

ABOUT GREEN: He could beat teams in several ways. He hit .500, stole 12 bases and had 10 extra-base hits (three home runs, one triple and six doubles. He drove in 24 runs.

ABOUT HANKS: He led the Dons in hitting with a .580 average. He was second on the team in RBIs with 20. He struck out just six times in 69 at-bats, and had a 3-0 pitching record.

ABOUT HARRIS: He led the Knights in most offensive and defensive categories. He had a .421 batting average, a .634 on-base percentage, and he crushed nine home runs.

ABOUT HENDERSON: He can terrorize opponents once he gets on the base paths with his superior speed. He had 12 doubles, three triples, and three home runs in his senior year.

ABOUT KELSCH: He is a hard-working player who continues to improve. He batted .478 during the regular season and crushed three home runs. He had a .549 OBP.

ABOUT LYONS: He is an outstanding athlete who can play just about any baseball position. He was a three-year starter. In his senior year, he hit .481, stole 11 bases, and scored 27 runs.

ABOUT MADDY: He possessed one of the state's most feared bats, as he hit 11 home runs, six doubles and batted .466. He is also a fine student, as he scored a 28 on the ACT.

ABOUT NAY: He has 32 career wins and holds the state high school career strikeout record with 340 Ks. He had an 11-1 record this season with a 0.61 earned run average.

ABOUT NELSON: His grand slam gave the Flyers the momentum for good in their 10-3 win over Cottonwood in the 4A winners' bracket final. He batted .394 and hit seven doubles.

ABOUT POULSON: Just a sophomore, he threw in all of Cottonwood's big games during the regular season. He went 6-1 with a 1.97 ERA. He's a hard worker and a gritty competitor.

ABOUT PULVER: A selfless player, he moved from his natural position in the outfield to help shore up the Warriors' play at catcher. He hit .500, stole 17 bases, and had an OBP of .629.

ABOUT WHITNEY: He swung one of the state's mightiest bats. During the regular season, he hit .462, and had 12 doubles, two triples and five home runs. He'll play at BYU.

ABOUT HOOVER: He is the state's all-time leader in coaching victories. He has coached Cottonwood to four straight state championships (one in 5A, three in 4A).



1. Keenyn Walker CF

2. Scott Shipley 2B

3. *Kyle Beverley LF

4. *Austin Smith 1B

5. Bret Lopez 3B

6. Taylor Jones RF

7. Nate Littlewood 1B

8. *Jefferson Court C

9. Marcus Littlewood SS

P *Joe Pond


Derek Amicone

Colby Berg

Kyle Bilbrey

Gentry Croft

Zach Jones

Daniel Sechrest

Geoff Vernon

*Home Run Derby participant

ABOUT AMICONE: Few high school players can match his baseball savvy. He's also a clutch player, as he hit .437, and drove in 25 runs. A UVSC recruit, he had a .604 OBP.

ABOUT BERG: He's been under the radar, but scouts are well aware of the abilities of this SLCC recruit. He threw 56 strikeouts in 52 innings, and had a 2.46 ERA. He also hit .315.

ABOUT BEVERLEY: An Oregon State recruit, Beverley had 26 RBIs during the regular season. He hit five home runs during the regular season, and added three more in the postseason.

ABOUT BILBREY: He had a 7-0 pitching record during the regular season, and recorded 49 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings. He hit lead-off for the Vikings, and had a .500 OBP.

ABOUT CROFT: He was untouchable early in the year, and finished the regular season with an 8-1 record. His earned run average was a miniscule 1.12, and he had 58 strikeouts.

ABOUT COURT: He was a stellar three-sport athlete and student, as he had a 3.9 GPA. He had 38 RBIs for the Hawks, hit .508 and had a .651 OBP. He earned four baseball letters.

ABOUT JONES: His bat and arm were equally important to the Pirates. He hit .410 and had 23 RBIs during the regular season. He threw 65 strikeouts in 44 innings, and had a 2.70 ERA.

ABOUT JONES: A high-character player and person, he has committed to play at SLCC. He batted .457 during the regular season and had a .595 OBP. He led his team to the postseason.

ABOUT LITTLEWOOD: He's only a sophomore, but he's already one of the state's best defensive players. He hit .402, and had seven doubles, one triple and three home runs.

ABOUT LITTLEWOOD: He was dominant on the mound during the regular season, as he had a 7-1 record with a 1.80 ERA. He threw 55 strikeouts and had finished with six complete games.

ABOUT LOPEZ: He hit .438 and drove in 28 runs during the regular season. He has two of the three highest batting averages in Timpanogos history, and he'll play at BYU next year.

ABOUT POND: He set himself apart as the state's top pitcher in 2008. He threw a one-hitter in the 3A winners' bracket final against Juan Diego. He has signed to play at Utah.

ABOUT SECHREST: He was solid at the plate and on the bump. He went 8-1 as a pitcher, and had a 2.11 earned run average. He provided a consistent bat, as he hit .452.

ABOUT SHIPLEY: His batting average set him apart from the rest of the state, as he hit an amazing .518. He led his team with nine triples, and also hit nine doubles and had 18 RBIs.

ABOUT SMITH: He has an intimidating presence when he's in the batter's box — and for good reason. He hit 12 home runs during the regular season and had 33 RBIs. He batted .448.

ABOUT VERNON: He was dominant on the mound before suffering an arm injury. He had a 3-1 pitching record with a 2.10 ERA. He batted 4.17 and had a .572 on-base percentage.

ABOUT WALKER: He's only a junior, but he's probably the top prospect in this game. He hit .485, had a .714 OBP, and stole 18 bases. He hit nine doubles and five triples.

ABOUT MYAER: The Judge baseball program has transformed from also-ran to state-title winner under his guidance. He coached Judge to its first state championship in 50 years.