Friday, June 08, 2012

Tellez, Cooper Earn All-Metro Honors

Each season the Sacramento Bee selects it's All-Metro team in each high school sport. Elk Grove-area athletes have dominated the Bee's All-Metro Player of the Year honor each of the past few years.

This year Elk Grove's Rowdy Tellez was selected as the baseball player of the year and Sheldon's Alexis Cooper was chosen the softball player of the year. Last year the honors went to two EGHS players, baseball's J.D. Davis and softball's Danielle Henderson. The previous season it went to EGHS' Jake Rodriguez and Shelby Wisdom. In 2009, the softball honor went to Sheldon's Jolene Henderson. I don't remember who won baseball - it may have been Jake, for the first time.

Bee writer Joe Davidson and Bill Patterson throughly ask opinions of local media and coaches when selecting their players of the year. I've weighed in the past couple years with Joe. This year was a tough selection for them. Just as worthy of this honor were teammates of Tellez and Cooper - Dom Nunez and Meme Moore.

I campaigned a bit for Nunez because he is truly the all-around player. This past year he played three positions - third, short and caught- along with being a relief pitcher. He set a team record with nine triples.

Moore was a steady catcher and had an incredible playoff performance going 11-for-15 at the plate in the final four games.

Both were named on the All-Metro team, but either one could have had their photos taken in the impressive spread in the Bee.

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