High-SchoolCalifornia: B.J. Boyd

More Boys State Athletes of the Year

July, 14, 2012
With the overall Cal-Hi Sports Athlete of the Year being a junior, a senior of the year also had to be chosen among this year’s best. We also have five winners for each CIF division plus a freshman and sophomore. A total of 53 more of the state’s top multi-sport and single-sport athletes named on honor roll.

Congratulations to the following boys for being selected as a 2011-12 Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the Year:

Darren Fahy (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad) Cross Country, Track

With a runner who won a CIF Division II state cross country title and then swept both the 1600 and 3200 events at the CIF state track meet, you might be surprised that Fahy’s best running event is none of those. He’s best at the 3,000-meter steeplechase and several weeks ago he won at the USA Junior Championships in 9:06.83. Fahy also has clocked the best 3,000-meter steeplechase time in state history. Already named the San Diego Union-Tribune Male Athlete of the Year and the Gatorade Boys Track State Athlete of the Year, Fahy’s times at the CIF state meet were 4:08.78 in the 1600 and 9:03.29 in the 3200. His best race, however, might have been the 8:54.21 he ran in the 3200 at the Arcadia Invitational. Fahy will attend Georgetown University in the fall.

Note: For additional seniors who have been singled out, look for lists under each CIF division.

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All-State Baseball: First Team

July, 2, 2012
California high school baseball,ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the WeekHarold Abend/ESPNHSHeritage of Brentwood pitcher Paul Blackburn is one of the best in Northern California.
Mr. Baseball Player of the Year Ty Moore headlines the top 30 overall honorees on the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state baseball teams. Thirty more players selected to all-state overall second team.


Jose Barraza (Sunnyside, Fresno) Sr.
Before the Chicago White Sox drafted him in the seventh round at No. 231 overall (the highest high school catcher chosen from California), the Wildcats’ 6-Foot-1, 220-pound left-handed hitting and right-handed throwing catcher and pitcher was headed to junior college. Now, after signing with Chicago, he’s playing in the Appalachian Rookie Instructional League. Despite his team having a sub .500 season, Barraza put up astounding numbers to earn County/Metro Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player honors. His .493 average with eight home runs and 25 RBIs, plus 104 strikeouts in 72 innings as a pitcher was too much to overlook, even in a very tough league that included Bullard of Fresno, the CIF Central Section’s Division I champion.

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All-State Baseball Nominees (Part 2)

June, 28, 2012
California high school  baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSPalo Alto's B.J. Boyd takes a swing at 2011 Area Code Games.
This is the updated version with 304 players that are now on our board for the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state teams.

Now that the state players of the year and state coaches of the year for baseball have been decided and honors handed out, the next step in the postseason parade is to select the various all-state teams.
All 30 players on the all-state elite first team are written up. There also will be 30 more players chosen to the second team. On top of that, we’ll have our usual all-state teams for medium schools, small schools and underclass (non-seniors).
The list that follows can still be amended right up until the final choices are made. If a player is not included, don’t take it personally. You can send a nomination with each athlete’s, position, year in school, significant statistics.
Comparing a player not on the board yet to one who already is can be very important toward eventual selection. Limit each nomination to one page please. Send to: Mark.Tennis@espn.com or FAX (209) 463-1219 or call (209) 463-9050.
Here is the second, updated nomination list for the various 2012 all-state baseball teams:

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Mr. Baseball Player of the Year Finalists

June, 7, 2012
California high school sports,Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year finalistsBlair Angulo/ESPNLA/ESPNHSJustin Garza went 25-1 in 2011 and 2012 seasons for Bonita of La Verne (Calif.).
One of these nine standouts will be chosen as the 2012 honoree and would join an exclusive club of Cal-Hi Sports players of the year that dates back more than 100 years.

Here are the nine players who have been selected as finalists to be 2012 ESPNHS Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year:

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