15 West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, June 1, 2012
Tigers duo set for academic all-star game
by Mike Russo sports editor
A pair of players who recently graduated from Millennium High School will be rewarded for their performance in the classroom in addition to on the diamond when they take part in the
academic all-star game
at 7 tonight at Surprise Stadium. Jake Newsome and Zane Heather will play for the West. Newsome, who posted a 4.14 GPA, did a superb job as Millennium’s table setter, batting .381 out of the leadoff spot and posting a .440 on-base percentage. He scored 21 runs and drove in 15, demonstrating some extra-base pop with eight doubles, tied for third on the team. He also stole three bases. “Jake did a great job of getting on base,” Millennium coach Mike Jacobs said. “He was our MVP.” Despite getting hit by pitches on three occasions this season, including in the head against Desert Mountain in the Division I state tournament, Newsome proved very durable. “He only missed
one game,” Jacobs said. Newsome, who
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MILLENNIUM’S ZANE HEATHER warms up a pitcher in the bullpen during the April 28 Div. I playoff game against Sunnyside. Heather and teammate Jake Newsome have been chosen to play in tonight’s acadmic all-star game at Surprise Stadium.
also was a standout soccer player for the Tigers and a kicker in football, has an academic scholarship to the University of Arizona. “Jake is an excellent student,” Jacobs said. “He is a member of the National Honor Society, he was our Legacy Award winner as the best student/athlete at
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Millennium. He is very mature.” Knowing his role
Heather did not see a great deal of playing time, but was a solid contributor to the Tigers’ success, Jacobs said. In limited action, Heather batted .304, while scoring six runs and knocking in three. However, his value to the team was in his desire to help in any way possible. When not in the lineup, Heather would warm up pitchers in the bullpen and in-between innings. “He played his role,” Jacobs said. “The guy in front of him [Hunter Brock] was pretty good, he made second-team all- section,” Jacobs said. Primarily a catcher, Heather demonstrated his versatility by playing all nine defensive positions against Glendale Independence on April 24 in a 14-4 Millennium triumph.
“Jake is an excellent student. He is a member of the National Honor Society, he was our Legacy Award winner as the best student/ath- lete at Millennium. He is very mature.”
Millennium baseball coach — Mike Jacobs
Conway, Ark., in the fall, where he will play baseball. “He is definitely deserving of this opportunity [to play in the game],” Jacobs said. “He is a good student athlete.” Heather compiled a 4.25 GPA.
Heather will attend Hendrix College in
in the contest will receive $1,000 scholarships.
“Their inclusion in the academic all-star game is a testament of the work ethic of all our kids,” Jacobs said. If playing in the game were not its own reward, participants
“That will help with some college expenses,” Jacobs said.
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