Bibb County's Goree named Class 4A Player of the Year
Sun. June 10, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Andrew Carroll
Bibb County shortstop Jalen Goree was named the Class 4A Player of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. Goree had a .459 batting average with 36 RBIs and seven home runs. (Photo by Robert Sutton)
If Jalen Goree planned on playing baseball this summer, it might turn into a full-time profession.
Goree, a Bibb County High School graduate, was drafted in the sixth round by the San Diego Padres, and the Alabama Sports Writers Association selected Goree as the Class 4A Player of the Year.
Goree was picked for the All-State first team as a shortstop. Other first-team selections from West Alabama were South Lamar pitcher Trent Wilson and designated hitter Hank Parker and Holy Spirit utility player Jackson Terry in Class 1A; and third baseman Kyle Andrews from Tuscaloosa Academy in the AISA.
Goree hit .459 and drove in 36 runs during his senior season and led the Choctaws to the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. He had 10 doubles, two triples and seven home runs and stole 24 bases. Goree drew 39 walks and struck out only seven times in 122 at-bats.
As a pitcher, Goree posted a 5-3 record with a 1.67 ERA. He struck out 58 batters in 541⁄3 innings and threw one shutout.
During his senior season, Terry saw action as a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman and led Holy Spirit to a fourth consecutive area championship. The Titans advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
A two-year captain, Terry was voted the team’s most valuable player. He hit .412 with 32 runs, 48 RBIs, six doubles, five triples and five home runs. He stole 10 bases, drew 20 walks and had an on-base percentage of .508.
Terry went 6-5 as a pitcher with a 3.87 ERA. He recorded 69 strikeouts in 65 innings and threw two shutouts. He plans to try to earn a spot with the University of Alabama baseball team as a walk-on, according to his coach, Greg Kosloff.
Andrews, a junior, was a third baseman and pitcher for Tuscaloosa Academy. Under the direction of first-year head coach Patrick Jones, the Knights advanced to an AISA championship series for the first time in 12 years and finished as the runner-up to Pike Liberal Arts in Class AAA.
Jones described Andrews as "our most consistent infielder." Andrews hit .331 with 35 RBIs, four doubles and two triples. He also had 12 steals and an on-base percentage of .421.
Andrews went 6-2 as a pitcher with a 3.14 ERA. He struck out 46 batters in 59 innings and threw one shutout. In the semifinal round, Andrews got the win as he and teammate Jon Boyd combined on a one-hitter in a 6-0 victory over Prattville Christian.
Led by Wilson and Parker, the Stallions reached the Class 1A semifinals before falling to eventual champion Shoals Christian. South Lamar went 6-0 in the first three rounds of the playoffs.
Wilson had a 9-1 record with two saves and a 1.76 ERA. he struck out 100 batters in 79 2/3 innings and threw two shutouts and one no-hitter. He also hit .396 with 29 RBIs, 11 doubles, seven triples and one homer.
Parker was a designated hitter, catcher and outfielder for the Stallions. He hit .415 with 27 RBIs, 14 doubles, two triples and a home run. He stole 15 bases and posted an on-base percentage of .481.
University of Alabama signee Mikey White, the Gatorade state Player of the Year, was chosen the Class 6A Player of the Year. White, a shortstop and pitcher, led Spain Park to the semifinal round of the playoffs. Spain Park lost to eventual champion Oxford.
White, who was drafted in the 34th round by the New York Mets, hit .388 with 37 RBIs, 14 doubles, nine homers and two triples. He stole 19 bases, walked 37 times and had an on-base percentage of .524.
As a pitcher, White had an 8-2 record with two saves and a 1.13 ERA. He recorded 61 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings.
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2012 ASWA Baseball All-State
P - Thomas Lowery, Pelham, Jr.
P - Toby Thomas, Fairhope, Sr.
P - Tucker Simpson, Oxford, Sr.
P - Austin Crook, Prattville, Sr.
C - Daniel Gardner, Sparkman, Sr.
1B - Trey Wingenter, Bob Jones, Sr.
2B - Dylan Smith, Clay-Chalkville, Sr.
SS - Mikey White, Spain Park, Sr.
3B - Jackson Stephens, Oxford, Sr.
OF - Sam Gillikin, Hoover, Sr.
OF - Chase Domino, Fairhope, Sr.
OF - David Dahl, Oak Mountain, Sr.
UTL - Kyle Wright, Buckhorn, So.
UTL - Cole Billingsley, Pell City, Sr.
DH - Jordan Ebert, Baldwin County, Sr.
DH - Mathew Goodson, Oxford, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Tucker Simpson, Oxford
Hitter of the Year: Dylan Smith, Clay-Chalkville
Player of the Year: Mikey White, Spain Park
Coach of the Year: Chris Heaps, Central-Phenix City
Pitcher: Brandon Peterson, Daphne, Sr.
Catcher: Charlie Spencer, Theodore, Sr.
First base: Patrick Conway, Hoover, Sr.
Second base: Brooks Burns, Northridge, Sr.
Shortstop: Dalton Kelley, Prattville, Sr.; Marc Skinner Jr., Smiths Station, Jr.
Third base: Mitchell Roland, Auburn, Sr.; Casey Hughston, Baker, Jr.
Outfield: Tyler Lynn, Smiths Station, Jr.; Dalton Davis, Hazel Green, Jr.; Patrick Mullin, Bob Jones, Sr.
Utility: Colt Freeman, Spain Park, Sr.
Designated hitter: Drew Dawson, Central-Phenix City, Sr.
P - Jason Carrell, Hueytown, Sr.
P - Ray Castillo, Russell County, Sr.
P - Jesse McCord, Spanish Fort, So.
P - Keegan Thompson, Cullman, Jr.
C - A.J. Walden, Albertville, Jr.
1B - Joey Denison, Charles Henderson, Jr.
2B - Jalin Lawson, Charles Henderson, Sr.
SS - Kyle Overstreet, Boaz, Sr.
3B - Jakob Kirkwood, Cullman, Sr.
OF - Daniel Robert, Briarwood Christian, Jr.
OF - Rock Rucker, Russell County, Sr.
OF - Jameis Winston, Hueytown, Sr.
UTL - Colton Ord, Hartselle, Jr.
UTL - Blake Smith, Fort Payne, Jr.
DH - Andrew Fuhrman, Southside-Gadsden, Jr.
DH - Ben Craft, Briarwood Christian, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Keegan Thompson, Cullman
Hitter of the Year: Rock Rucker, Russell County
Player of the Year: Keegan Thompson, Cullman
Coach of the Year: Tommy Walker, Spanish Fort
Pitcher: Tripp Blackmon, Charles Henderson, Jr.; William Stewart, Demopolis, Sr.; John Michael Knighton, Walker, Sr.
Catcher: Mason Rogers, Demopolis, Jr.
First base: Caleb Butler, Southside-Gadsden, Sr.
Second base: Jake Shumate, Lee-Huntsville, Sr.; Matthew Furuto, Briarwood Christian, Sr.; Trevor Davis, Russell County, Jr.
Shortstop: Houston Looser, Muscle Shoals, Sr.; Brett Blackwood, Hartselle, So.
Third base: Jake Brown, Rehobeth, Sr.
Outfield: Ryan Ware, Muscle Shoals, Jr.; Trey Truitt, Rehobeth, So.; Stephen Colley, Eufaula, Sr.
Utility: Blake Logan, Muscle Shoals, Jr.; Payne Palmer, Rehobeth, Sr.
Designated hitter: Jackson Burgreen, Athens, Sr.
P - Josh Rogers, Beauregard, Sr.
P - Clayton Daniel, Guntersville, So.
P - Cody Reed, Ardmore, So.
P - Clint Walker, Beauregard, Sr.
C - Zack Turvin, Straughn, Sr.
1B - Carson McGregory, Deshler, So.
2B - Damion Williams, W.S. Neal, Jr.
SS - Jalen Goree, Bibb County, Sr.
3B - Evan Holland, Guntersville, Jr.
OF - Drew Cowan, Priceville, Sr.
OF - Peyton Williams, Beauregard, Jr.
OF - Justin Byrd, Headland, Jr.
UTL - Justin Cantrell, Deshler, Jr.
UTL - Chase Bryant, Oneonta, Sr.
DH - Dustyn Moseley, Jackson, Sr.
DH - Dalton Pritchett, Beauregard, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Clayton Daniel, Guntersville
Hitter of the Year: Evan Holland, Guntersville
Player of the Year:Jalen Goree, Bibb County
Coach of the Year: Kenny Chaffin, Guntersville
Pitcher: Graham Norwood, St. James, Sr.; Jordan Cooley, Bibb County, Sr.; Blake O’Bryant, Oneonta, So.; Austin Dickie, Oneonta, Sr.; Brian Settle, W.S. Neal, Jr.; Jonah Todd, Oak Grove, So.
Catcher: Caleb Lindsey, Ardmore, Sr.; Zane Rivers, Beauregard, Sr.
First base: Alex Lee, Cleburne County, Sr.
Second base: Logan Laxon, West Limestone, Jr.; Skyler Kirchner, Deshler, Sr.
Shortstop: Keith Elliott, Oak Grove, Sr.
Third base: Thomas Milstead, Deshler, So.
Outfield: T.J. Dixon, UMS-Wright, Jr.; Murphy Harrison, Central-Florence, Jr.; Drake Tucker, Brooks, Jr.; Zach Walls, Beauregard, Jr.
Utility: Hunter Rainey, Headland, Jr.; Chandler Taylor, Alabama Christian, Fr.; Tevin Watters, Thomasville, Jr.
Designated hitter: Ryan Madewell, Priceville, Jr.
P - Kevin Davis, T.R. Miller, Jr.
P - Izaac Yarbrough, Vinemont, Sr.
P - Allen Wood, Trinity, Jr.
P - Joel Ray, Piedmont, Sr.
C - Trey Mathis, West Morgan, Jr.
1B - Seth Edwards, Lauderdale County, Sr.
2B - Taylor Burr, Montevallo, Sr.
SS - Jacob Newton, Lauderdale County, Sr.
3B - Trey Gibson, Plainview, Sr.
OF - Chris Adams, Madison Academy, Sr.
OF - Eric Yarbrough, Sheffield, Jr.
OF - Cole Porter, Plainview, Jr.
UTL - Chase Hamrick, Montevallo, So.
UTL - Matt Hand, Marbury, Sr.
DH - Ian Rice, Madison Academy, Sr.
DH - Jon Hicks, Plainview, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Davis, T.R. Miller
Hitter of the Year: Trey Mathis, West Morgan
Player of the Year: Kevin Davis, T.R. Miller
Coach of the Year: Ken Whittle, Trinity
Pitcher: Scott Stough, Geneva, Fr.; Colton Campbell, Plainview, Jr.; Stephen Himic, Indian Springs, Jr.
Catcher: Landon Pruitt, Piedmont, Sr.
First base: T.J. Register, Opp, Sr.
Second base: Kainen Sullivan, Gordo, Sr.
Shortstop: Zach King, Sylvania, Jr.; Cade Bradley, Piedmont, Jr.; Trey Short, Opp, Sr.
Third base: Zach Cunningham, White Plains, Jr.; Hunter Chambliss, Trinity, Sr.
Outfield: Trevor Ford, Piedmont, Sr.; Adam Lamar, Lauderdale County, Sr.; Mason Silavent, Slocomb, Sr.; Jared Nixon, Marbury, Fr.; Brandon Pugh, Clarke County, Sr.
Utility: Cody Santora, Slocomb, Jr.
Designated hitter: Dylan Shelton, Leeds, Sr.
P - Zack Watson, Flomaton, Sr.
P - Glenn Irby, Mars Hill, Jr.
P - Lake Genard, Wicksburg, Sr.
P - Joseph Alday, Leroy, Sr.
C - Austin Long, Hatton, Sr.
1B - Thomas Burrows, Mars Hill, Jr.
2B - Stetson Payne, G.W. Long, So.
SS - Justin Cullifer, Houston Academy, Sr.
3B - Chris Ervin, Leroy, Sr.
OF - Carlton Bean, Goshen, Jr.
OF - Austin Penter, Mars Hill, Sr.
OF - Landon Stephens, Tanner, Sr.
UTL - Colby Smith, Mars Hill, Jr.
UTL - John Mayfield, Westbrook Christian, Sr.
DH - Matt Morgan, Thorsby, So.
DH - Spencer Ivey, G.W. Long, Jr.
Pitcher of the Year: Glenn Irby, Mars Hill Bible
Hitter of the Year: Thomas Burrows, Mars Hill Bible
Player of the Year: Thomas Burrows, Mars Hill Bible
Coach of the Year: Matt Braun, Leroy
Pitcher: Tripp Jenkins, Samson, Sr.; Jason Price, Thorsby, Sr.
Catcher: Hunter Aplin, Samson, Sr.
First base: Graham Conner, Westminster, Jr.; Austin Grammer, American Christian Academy, Sr.
Second base: Zack Rogers, Lexington, Sr.
Shortstop - Zach Barrow, Woodland, Sr.
Third base: Dylan Portz, G.W. Long, Sr.
Outfield: Kanaan Coppock, Fyffe, Jr.; Chris Manning, Section, So.; Dusty Carpenter, Hatton, Sr.
Utility: Johnathan Stringfellow, Cottage Hill, Sr.; Austin Rushing, Goshen, Jr.
Designated hitter: Ryan Ledford, Tanner, Sr.
P - Curtis Abernathy, Cedar Bluff, Jr.
P - Devan Traglia, Shoals Christian, Sr.
P - Zach McGrady, Fayetteville, Jr.
P - Trent Wilson, South Lamar, Sr.
C - Charlie Kelley, Shoals Christian, Sr.
1B - Taylor Hamilton, Vina, Sr.
2B - Rihied Harris, Cedar Bluff, Sr.
SS - Matthew Holmes, Brantley, Sr.
3B - Tray Reed, Collinsville, Sr.
OF - Justin Ware, St. Luke’s, So.
OF - Will Bishop, Shoals Christian, Jr.
OF - Taylor Tew, Brantley, Sr.
UTL - Jackson Terry, Holy Spirit, Sr.
UTL - Reed Kilcrease, Brantley, Sr.
DH - Drew Dismukes, St. Luke’s, So.
DH - Hank Parker, South Lamar, Sr.
Pitcher of the Year: Devan Traglia, Shoals Christian
Hitter of the Year: Will Bishop, Shoals Christian
Player of the Year: Will Bishop, Shoals Christian
Coach of the Year: Jason Anderson, Shoals Christian
Pitcher: Josh Quinn, Winterboro, Sr.; Jon Gaither, Addison, Sr.; Scotty Smith, Ragland, Sr.
Catcher: Jordan McCartney, Gaston, Jr.; Caleb Calhoun, Wadley, Fr.
First base: Brian Sanford, Gaylesville, Sr.; Aaron Bowman, Shoals Christian, Sr.
Second base: Ryan Siskey, Wadley, Sr.; Zack Cavin, Gaylesville, Sr.
Shortstop - Brett Davis, Sweet Water, Jr.
Third base: Justin Rick, Fayetteville, Sr.
Outfield: Luke Sanford, Berry, Jr.; Lance Estes, Cedar Bluff, Sr.; Adam Pharr, Vina, Sr.; Holden Suddeth, Addison, Sr.; Michael Thompson, Sweet Water, Sr.
Utility: Zeb Taylor, Berry, Sr.
Designated hitter: Blake Gardner, Shades Mountain Christian, Sr.
P - Cole Lipscomb, Edgewood Academy, Sr.
P - Mitch Greer, Edgewood Academy, Sr.
P - Mason Ramey, Jackson Academy, Sr.
P - Chip White, Abbeville Christian, Sr.
C - Blake Floyd, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.
1B - Dylan Ingram, Edgewood Academy, Jr.
2B - Hunter Winslett, Coosa Valley, Sr.
SS - Rocky Milton, Autauga Academy, Jr.
3B - Kyle Andrews, Tuscaloosa Academy, Jr.
OF - O.J. Howard, Autauga Academy, Jr.
OF - Nick McLaughlin, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.
OF - Chase Silvani, Glenwood, Sr.
UTL - Drew Larrimore, Clarke Prep, Jr.
UTL - Chase Payne, Cornerstone Christian, Sr.
DH - Josh Marks, Jackson Academy, Sr.
DH - Chandler Avant, Pike Liberal Arts, So.
Pitcher of the Year: Mitch Greer, Edgewood Academy
Hitter of the Year: Dylan Ingram, Edgewood Academy
Player of the Year: Dylan Ingram, Edgewood Academy
Coach of the Year: Butch Austin, Pike Liberal Arts
Pitcher: Tim Warren, Cornerstone Christian, So.; Kyle Rovig, Glenwood, Sr.; Robey Smalley, Tuscaloosa Academy, So.
Catcher: Austin Clanton, Lee-Scott, Sr.
First Base: Matthew Kuhlenberg, Glenwood, Sr.
Second Base: A.J. Reynolds, Edgewood Academy, Sr.; Lawson Stewart, Pike Liberal Arts, Sr.
Shortstop: Taylor Hawthorne, Edgewood Academy, So.
Third Base: Austin Wingard, Cornerstone Christian, Sr.; Allen Logan, Coosa Valley, Jr.
Outfield: Skylar McKeown, Fort Dale Academy, Sr.; Sawyer Donald, Jackson Academy, Sr.; Jon Boyd, Tuscaloosa Academy, Sr.; Gabriel Granger, Northside Methodist, Sr.; Jack Folmar, Lee-Scott, Sr.
Utility: Joel Pratt, Pickens Academy, Jr.; Austin Davis, Cornerstone Christian, Sr.
Designated Hitter: Will Allison, Glenwood, Sr.; Blaine Sellers, Abbeville Christian, Sr.