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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010 H TORONTO STAR H S7

SPORTS

Expert panel selects the very best from around the bases in the GTA

2010

TORONTO STAR

High school baseball

All Stars

in the GTA 2010 TORONTO STAR High school baseball All Stars BACK ROW: Left to right,

BACK ROW:

Left to right, Matthew Pileggi, Troy Black, Jordan Boston, Jordan Hill, Rob Good and Jalen Harris.

FRONT ROW:

KEITH BEATY/TORONTO STAR

Left to right: Scott Wilcox, Connor Panas and Phil Diedrick.

Left to right: Scott Wilcox, Connor Panas and Phil Diedrick. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR COLIN MCCONNELL/TORONTO STAR

STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR

Connor Panas and Phil Diedrick. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR COLIN MCCONNELL/TORONTO STAR Pitcher Brian Smith, top, and

COLIN MCCONNELL/TORONTO STAR

Pitcher Brian Smith, top, and catcher Brandon Collins.

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Brandon Collins

Birchmount Park Panthers (Toronto) LEAGUE: Toronto District TEAM RECORD: 17-4 AGE: 16 GRADE: 11 HEIGHT: 6-foot ACADEMIC AVG: 65

1B

Rob Good

Meadowvale Falcons (Mississauga) LEAGUE: Peel Region TEAM RECORD: 3-3 AGE: 18 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 ACADEMIC AVG: 83

2B Scott Wilcox

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Burlington) LEAGUE: Halton Region TEAM RECORD: 10-2 AGE: 18 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 5-foot-10 ACADEMIC AVG: 78

3B Jalen Harris

Northern Red Knights (Toronto) LEAGUE: Toronto District TEAM RECORD: 20-4-2 AGE: 17 GRADE: 11 HEIGHT: 6-foot-2 ACADEMIC AVG: 83

SS Troy Black

Philip Pocock Pirates (Mississauga) LEAGUE: Peel Region TEAM RECORD: 6-1-1 AGE: 17 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 6-foot-2 ACADEMIC AVG: 70

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.350

6

1

7

.357

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0

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.593

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24

.515

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27

.545

12

0

6

BEST GAME: Threw out two base runners and belted a home run in an opening round 8-3 win over Innisdale (Barrie) at the Prentice Cup playoffs. NEXT YEAR: Returns to Birchmount Park for Grade 12 THE SKINNY: High school baseball MVP this year; coach Adam Dahlke called him the best position player at the school in years. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Derek Jeter (N.Y. Yankees)

OF Matthew Pileggi

St. Edmund Campion Bears (Brampton) LEAGUE: Peel Region TEAM RECORD: 6-1 AGE: 17 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 5-foot-11 ACADEMIC AVG: 76

BEST GAME: Went 2-for-4, scored twice and had an RBI in an 8-1league win over Gonzaga. NEXT YEAR: Going to the University of Western Ontario in London. THE SKINNY: Former MVP in base- ball and volleyball, as well as athlete of the year when he attended Port Credit High; member of the Ontario Blue Jays; had an error-free season for the Falcons school team. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Roy Halladay (Philadelphia)

OF Connor Panas

Etobicoke Rams (Toronto) LEAGUE: Toronto District TEAM RECORD: 9-8-1 AGE: 17 GRADE: 11 HEIGHT: 6-foot ACADEMIC AVG: 85

BEST GAME: With two out, belted a game-winning home run in a 5-4 league win over Loyola of Oakville. NEXT YEAR: Partial scholarship to Western Kentucky University. THE SKINNY: School team MVP; member of the Ontario Blue Jays; played on Ontario Youth team that won a bronze medal at last year’s Canada Cup; wide receiver on the Notre Dame football team that won the Junior Metro Bowl two years ago. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay)

OF Philip Diedrick

Pickering Trojans (Ajax) LEAGUE: Durham Region TEAM RECORD: 9-5 AGE: 17 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 ACADEMIC AVG: 63

BEST GAME: Went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in an 8-2 league win over Forest Hill. NEXT YEAR: Grade 12 in Victoria, B.C. and playing baseball in the B.C. Premier League. THE SKINNY: Trying out for national junior baseball team; could have been drafted in the Ontario Hockey League, but chose to focus on base- ball; born deaf, he has an implant that allows him to hear. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Derek Jeter (N.Y. Yankees)

DH Jordan Boston

Heart Lake Hurricanes (Brampton) LEAGUE: Peel Region TEAM RECORD: 0-5 AGE: 17 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 ACADEMIC AVG: 80

BEST GAME: Solid defensive game in a16-2 drubbing of St. Marcellinus for the Peel Tier Two championship. NEXT YEAR: Accepted a partial scholarship to the University of Maine (Orono). THE SKINNY: Former high school athlete of the year; played on the Ontario Youth team; wide receiver on the school senior football team; plays drums in the school band. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Derek Jeter (N.Y. Yankees)

RHP Jordan Hill

Sinclair Celtics (Whitby) LEAGUE: Durham Region TEAM RECORD: 18-1-1 AGE: 18 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 6-foot-2 ACADEMIC AVG: 70

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.444

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0

9

.580

29

1

20

.300

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12

.350

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40

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1.20

BEST GAME: Went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scored twice in a 15-2 league win over Mayfield. NEXT YEAR: York University THE SKINNY: Four years on Campi- on’s baseball team and won team MVP this year; two-time member of Peel championship team; former member of Team Ontario; has a .525 on-base average with the Brampton midget squad of the Central Ontario Baseball Association. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Troy Glaus (Atlanta)

LHP Brian Smith

St. Mary Monarchs (Pickering) LEAGUE: Durham Region TEAM RECORD: 18-5 AGE: 17 GRADE: 12 HEIGHT: 6-foot-1 ACADEMIC AVG: 70

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22

4-1

31

0.81

BEST GAME: Struck out nine in six innings of a 3-1loss to Vincent Mas- sey in a Prentice Cup semifinal. NEXT YEAR: Going to Volunteer State College in Gallatin, Tenn. THE SKINNY: Picked by Chicago Cubs in the 40 th round (1,210 overall) of the recent Major League Baseball draft; plays for the Toronto Mets; member of Canadian National Junior baseball team hoping to secure a roster spot for the World champi- onships in Thunder Bay. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Jon Lester (Boston)

BEST GAME: Three-for-three with a home run and five RBI in an 11-5 league win over Weston. NEXT YEAR: Returning to Etobicoke for Grade 12 THE SKINNY: School baseball team MVP this year; plays club baseball for the Toronto Mets; multi-sport athlete and was offensive MVP on the Rams senior football team; three-time member of the school academic honor roll. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Joey Votto (Cincinnati)

BEST GAME: Two doubles in a win over King City at the Sinclair tourna- ment. NEXT YEAR: Going to Bossier Parish College in Bossier City, Louisiana THE SKINNY: Chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 45th round (1,356 overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft; plays for junior nation- al squad; member of the 18-and- under Ontario Blue Jays club team; played on the Ontario Youth team that won a silver medal at the Canada Cup last summer. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Albert Pujols (St. Louis)

BEST GAME: Double that scored two runs and a strong defensive game in an 8-5 league loss to Brampton Cen- tennial. NEXT YEAR: Accepted a partial scholarship to Alcorn State Universi- ty in Lorman, Miss. THE SKINNY: Played third base on the Canadian junior national baseball team in trips to the Dominican Re- public and Cuba; chosen baseball MVP at Heart Lake; member of Team Ontario and an all-star in the Premier Baseball League of Ontario. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Robinson Cano (N.Y. Yankees)

BEST GAME: Struck out 10 batters in a13-0 thumping of Northern (Toron- to) at the Sinclair Tournament. NEXT YEAR: Scholarship to Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. THE SKINNY: High school baseball team MVP; only loss was to St. Anne, 11-1, in the Prentice Cup semifinal; member of Team Ontario; pitches for the defending Intercounty Baseball League champion Barrie Baycats. Pitched one-hitter in an 11-1win over St. Mary for provincial bronze. MAJOR LEAGUE ROLE MODEL:

Ryan Howard (Philadelphia)

Trojans’ star outfielder is solid as a rock

DAVID GROSSMAN

SPORTS REPORTER

Philip Diedrick might have a few words to say if he catches people throwing rocks. Five years ago, when he was 12, Diedrick got a bit antsy waiting for relatives to come by for his post birthday get-together. Ignoring his mother’s plea to stick around, he left with some buddies for a creek near his Ajax home. Some rock-throwing at the creek escalated and one accidentally hit Diedrick, fracturing his skull and leaving him with a scar on the right side of his forehead. Diedrick, an outfielder with the Pickering Trojans who was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 45 th round of

the major league draft, is one of 11 players chosen to the Star’s annual high school all-star baseball team. That group will be honoured at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday prior to the Jays game with the St. Louis Cardinals. More than100 players from teams in seven leagues were considered, with criteria ranging from contri- bution to the team, academics and sportsmanship. Diedrick remembers getting smacked in the head and waking up in the Hospital for Sick Children, his parents at his bedside. “It could have been a lot worse, a serious brain injury and I’m lucky to be alive,” said Diedrick, who graduates from Pickering High

School later this month. “Doctors told me the rock came close to hitting my temple. I re- member being bed-ridden in the hospital and it was horrible. Never again, hospitals and I don’t get along. I disobeyed my mother and should have listened to her. Mom knows best and I got lucky.” Diedrick, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound multi-sport athlete, was stretched to his limit this past year, playing for Team Canada and the Ontario Blue Jays as well as the Trojans. Diedrick has a full scholarship to Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana. If he doesn’t sign with the Blue Jays, he could opt for an NCAA Division1school after Bossi- er Parish.

I’m lucky to be alive

Philip Diedrick (below)

he could opt for an NCAA Division1school after Bossi- er Parish. ‘ I’m lucky to be