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2017 All-Nebraska baseball

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2017 high school baseball All-Nebraska teams.

PHOTOS BY MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

The World-Herald’s All-Nebraska team. Front row from left: Austin Schultz, Norris; Shay Schanaman, Grand Island; Dylan Phillips, Creighton Prep; Drew Gilin, Millard South; Josh Culliver, Creighton Prep; and Isaiah Peterson, Lincoln Southwest. Back row from left: Perry, Millard South; Max McGuire, Lincoln Southwest; Joe Roecker, Elkhorn; Cam Taylor, Bellevue West; Colby Gomes, Millard West; Noah Sacco, Millard North; Nick Henrichs, Westside; Garrett Kocis, Millard West.

ALL-NEBRASKA BASEBALL

After a dominating spring, Millard South ace captains All-Nebraska team

All-Nebraska
First Team

Captain

Kyle Perry

Millard South junior pitcher, 10-0 record

Josh Culliver

Omaha Creighton Prep senior pitcher,
8-1 record

Colby Gomes

Millard West junior pitcher, 5-1 record

Cam Taylor

Bellevue West senior pitcher, 3-3 record

Max McGuire

Lincoln Southwest senior catcher,
.368 average

Garrett Kocis

Millard West senior infielder,
.346 average

Drew Gilin

Millard West junior infielder,
.300 average

Dylan Phillips

Omaha Creighton Prep junior infielder, .500 average

Joe Roecker

Elkhorn senior infielder, .354 average

Isaiah Peterson

Lincoln Southwest senior outfielder,
.448 average

Austin Schultz

Norris junior outfielder, .440 average

Noah Sacco

Millard North senior outfielder,
.490 average

Shay Schanaman

Grand Island junior designated hitter,
.396 average

Nick Henrichs

Omaha Westside senior utility player,
.342 average

The eye-popping numbers that Millard South pitcher Kyle Perry put up this spring caught some by surprise.

Even Kyle Perry.

“I thought I had it in me,” he said. “But did I expect to have a season like that? Not really.”

The junior left-hander went 10-0, including a no-hitter at the state tournament. He had a 0.47 ERA and struck out 90 while walking 20 in 59 2⁄3 innings.

“I’ve been around baseball for a long time,” Patriots coach Greg Geary said. “Kyle put together one of the best seasons that I’ve ever seen.”

The Nebraska pledge is the honorary captain of the 14-player All-Nebraska team. Perry is one of six non-seniors on the first team, five more than last year’s senior-dominated squad.

Class A state champion Omaha Creighton Prep has two first-teamers, pitcher Josh Culliver and infielder Dylan Phillips.

Joining Perry on the first team is Millard South teammate Drew Gilin, another junior and Husker recruit.

Also placing two on the first team are Millard West and Lincoln Southwest. The Wildcats are represented by senior Garrett Kocis and junior Colby Gomes while the Silver Hawks’ first-teamers are seniors Max McGuire and Isaiah Peterson.

Other first-teamers from Class A are Cam Taylor of Bellevue West, Noah Sacco of Millard North, Shay Schanaman of Grand Island and Nick Henrichs of Omaha Westside. The two Class B players on the first team are Joe Roecker of Elkhorn and Austin Schultz of Norris.

Nominations by coaches and observations by World-Herald sportswriters determine the honor teams.

Perry moved up to the varsity last year as a sophomore, though he was not even an honorable mention all-state selection. But he developed a four-seam fastball and had a strong American Legion summer season, going 9-0.

That success continued through this spring as the wins continued to mount. He won eight games to help the Patriots reach state for the 39th time and ninth year in a row.

His first tourney start was against Millard North, and the lefty responded by firing a no-hitter. He struck out 11 in the 4-0 win while getting a big assist from teammate Dylan Wagner, who saved the gem with a running catch against the right-field wall in the sixth inning.

“To throw a no-hitter at state is pretty cool,” Geary said. “But the bigger the stage, the better Kyle got this season.”

That long blast at Werner Park during Perry’s no-hitter came off Sacco’s bat.

“Kyle not only throws absolute gas, but he mixes up his pitches really well,” Sacco said. “And he never shows any signs of fatigue, so that shows how mentally tough he is.”

Perry’s last start of the season came in a state elimination game against Lincoln Southwest. He struck out nine and again went the distance, pitching the Patriots to a 3-1 win.

His 10 wins were the most in a season in 15 years.

“When Kyle was on the mound this season, we played with a ton of confidence,” Geary said. “You just knew he was going to come through.”

Perry said the Patriots’ third-place finish at state will drive him during the Legion season this summer and in his final varsity season next spring.

“I’m going to use it as motivation, and I know all of the other guys coming back will, too,” he said. “I want to do everything I can to help our team win before someday heading off to Nebraska.”

Prep had its own ace in Culliver. The Minnesota signee went 8-1 with a 1.22 ERA and 59 strikeouts. He was the starter and winner in the Class A state final, a 12-5 victory over Westside.

Phillips batted .500 for the Junior Jays and also contributed on the mound, winning three games and posting an ERA of 2.98. The Kansas State recruit had four RBIs in the state final and pitched the final 2 2⁄3 innings.

Gilin batted .300 for Millard South while playing a steady shortstop. He finished with 27 hits, including five doubles and four triples.

Millard West’s Kocis, headed to Wichita State, played third base and pitched. He batted .346 with 19 RBIs and had two saves.

Gomes was one of the Wildcats’ top pitchers. The Nebraska recruit went 5-1 with 42 strikeouts and a 1.56 ERA in 31 innings.

Coaches considered McGuire the top catcher in the state. Signed with Missouri State, he batted .368 with 24 RBIs while throwing out 35 percent of runners trying to steal.

Peterson, who patrolled center field for Southwest, batted .448 with five home runs. The Iowa Western signee was the top hitter in the Class A state tournament, going 9 for 13 with three triples and two home runs.

Bellevue West’s Taylor led the state in strikeouts with 97. In 46 1⁄3 innings, the Johnson County (Kansas) Community College recruit had three wins and four saves with an ERA of 0.90.

Millard North’s Sacco batted .490. The Simpson College signee was among state leaders in hits (48), runs (33) and RBIs (24).

Grand Island’s Schanaman batted .396 with 36 hits and 26 runs. The Nebraska signee’s slugging percentage of .637 was tops in Class A.

Henrichs was one of two seniors on Westside’s roster but was a big reason the Warriors made the state final. The Buena Vista signee batted .342 with 42 hits, including a state-leading seven triples.

Roecker batted .354 for Elkhorn, which reached the state tournament for the sixth time in seven years. The Iowa Western signee had 16 RBIs while going 4-3 with a 2.17 ERA.

Schultz, a first-team All-Nebraska selection in football, batted .440 for Norris. The Wichita State baseball pledge and the state’s Gatorade player of the year belted five home runs and helped the Titans finish as Class B runners-up.

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All-Nebraska
First Team

Captain

Kyle Perry

Millard South junior pitcher, 10-0 record

Josh Culliver

Omaha Creighton Prep senior pitcher,
8-1 record

Colby Gomes

Millard West junior pitcher, 5-1 record

Cam Taylor

Bellevue West senior pitcher, 3-3 record

Max McGuire

Lincoln Southwest senior catcher,
.368 average

Garrett Kocis

Millard West senior infielder,
.346 average

Drew Gilin

Millard West junior infielder,
.300 average

Dylan Phillips

Omaha Creighton Prep junior infielder,
.500 average

Joe Roecker

Elkhorn senior infielder, .354 average

Isaiah Peterson

Lincoln Southwest senior outfielder,
.448 average

Austin Schultz

Norris junior outfielder, .440 average

Noah Sacco

Millard North senior outfielder,
.490 average

Shay Schanaman

Grand Island junior designated hitter,
.396 average

Nick Henrichs

Omaha Westside senior utility player,
.342 average

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All-Nebraska, All-Class, All-Metro teams

ALL-NEBRASKA FIRST TEAM
Pos., Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Kyle Perry, Millard South, Jr., 10-0
P, Josh Culliver, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., 8-1
P, Colby Gomes, Millard West, Jr., 5-1
P, Cam Taylor, Bellevue West, Sr., 3-3
C, Max McGuire, Lincoln Southwest, Sr., .368
INF, Garrett Kocis, Millard West, Sr., .346
INF, Drew Gilin, Millard South, Jr., .300
INF, Dylan Phillips, Omaha Creighton Prep, Jr., .500
INF, Joe Roecker, Elkhorn, Sr., .354
OF, Isaiah Peterson, Lincoln Southwest, Sr., .448
OF, Austin Schultz, Norris, Jr., .440
OF, Noah Sacco, Millard North, Sr., .490
DH, Shay Schanaman, Grand Island, Jr., .396
UTIL, Nick Henrichs, Omaha Westside, Sr., .342

ALL-NEBRASKA SECOND TEAM
Pos., Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Zach Argo, Norris, Jr., 8-2
P, Jamie Young, Norris, Sr., 4-1
P, Brandon Anderson, Omaha Skutt, Sr., 6-2
P, Caleb Feekin, Papillion-La Vista, Jr., 4-1
C, Grant Bruner, Gretna, Sr., .322
INF, Joe Folkers, Millard South, Sr., .357
INF, Brennen Bales, Nebraska City, Sr., .500
INF, C.J. Hlavac, Bellevue West, Sr., .313
INF, Tyler Push, Fremont Bergan, Sr., .411
OF, Aaron Gerdes, Millard North, Sr., .343
OF, Nate Reiner, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., .418
OF, Brian Meyer, Lincoln Southeast, Sr., .365
DH, Matt Koenigsman, Bellevue West, Jr., .411
UTIL, Jacob Garder, Blair, Sr., 6-0

ALL-CLASS A TEAM
Pos., Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Kyle Perry, Millard South, Jr., 10-0
P, Josh Culliver, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., 8-1
P, Colby Gomes, Millard West, Jr., 5-1
P, Cam Taylor, Bellevue West, Sr., 3-3
C, Max McGuire, Lincoln Southwest, Sr., .368
INF, Garrett Kocis, Millard West, Sr., .346
INF, Drew Gilin, Millard South, Jr., .300
INF, Dylan Phillips, Omaha Creighton Prep, Jr., .500
INF, Joe Folkers, Millard South, Sr., .357
OF, Isaiah Peterson, Lincoln Southwest, Sr., .448
OF, Noah Sacco, Millard North, Sr., .490
OF, Nate Reiner, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., .418
DH, Shay Schanaman, Grand Island, Jr., .396
UTIL, Nick Henrichs, Omaha Westside, Sr., .342

ALL-CLASS B TEAM
Pos., Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Zach Argo, Norris, Jr., 8-2
P, Jamie Young, Norris, Sr., 4-1
P, Brandon Anderson, Omaha Skutt, Sr., 6-2
P, Tyler Crouse, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., 6-2
C, Grant Bruner, Gretna, Sr., .322
INF, Brennen Bales, Nebraska City, Sr., .500
INF, Joe Roecker, Elkhorn, Sr., .354
INF, Brandel Riekenberg, Beatrice, Sr., .460
INF, Andy Theiler, Arlington, Sr., .377
OF, Austin Schultz, Norris, Jr., .440
OF, Ethan Hall, Omaha Skutt, Sr., .396
OF, Donovan Warren, Ralston, Sr., .441
DH, Carson Pilkington, Elkhorn South, Jr., .324
UTIL, Jacob Garder, Blair, Sr., 6-0

ALL-METRO CONFERENCE TEAM
Pos., Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Kyle Perry, Millard South, Jr., 10-0
P, Josh Culliver, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., 8-1
P, Colby Gomes, Millard West, Jr., 5-1
P, Cam Taylor, Bellevue West, Sr., 3-3
C, Will Olson, Millard West, Sr., .307
INF, Garrett Kocis, Millard West, Sr., .346
INF, Drew Gilin, Millard South, Jr., .300
INF, Dylan Phillips, Omaha Creighton Prep, Jr., .500
INF, Joe Folkers, Millard South, Sr., .357
OF, Noah Sacco, Millard North, Sr., .490
OF, Nate Reiner, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., .418
OF, Aaron Gerdes, Millard North, Sr., .343
DH, Matt Koenigsman, Bellevue West, Jr., .411
UTIL, Nick Henrichs, Omaha Westside, Sr., .342

HONORABLE MENTION

Class A: Bellevue East: Zach Acamo, Tanner Crompton, Jaxon Walls. Bellevue West: Bryce Walker, Kenny Allred. Columbus: Tyler Palmer, Trevor Kaslon. Fremont Bergan: Caleb Hartmann, Drew Poulas, Brody Sintek. Grand Island: Cole Evans, Trey Randall, Vann Stevenson, Jackson Puente. Lincoln East: Tyler Premer, Alex Hrnicek, Max White, Jared Vogt. Lincoln High: Wyatt Vivier, Cameron Wynne, Bobby Mercier. Lincoln Northeast: Caden Highsmith, Talon Little, Joe Richter. Lincoln North Star: Luke Recker, Gavyn Leitschuck, Braden Dey, Chase Lauver. Lincoln Southeast: Garrett Olson, Logan Van Treeck, Daniel Hundley. Lincoln Southwest: Logan Sartori, Tyler Burgason, Skye Harnly, Brandon Doty, Matt Perez. Millard North: Jordan Ritzdorf, Jake Cera, Camden Parks, Derek Botaletto, Ryan Obrecht, Andrew Wine. Millard South: Jake Gish, Dylan Wagner, David Benjamin, Zane McAtee. Millard West: Easton Young, Brody Belt, Paul Hinton, Garrett Kennedy, Peyton Wendell. Omaha Benson: Sean Krebbs. Omaha Bryan: Dalton Boswell, Ivan Olague. Omaha Burke: Jake Re, Hunter Waugh, Connor McGonigal, Jack Lortz, Will Maschka, Nick Hall, Bobby Jackson, Zach Munson. Omaha Central: Yogi Eubanks, Brendan Andersen, CJ Nelson, Jake Roberts, Colin Lefeber, Christian Nelson. Omaha Creighton Prep: Tommy Steier, Owen Richter, Evan Laney, Drew Dunham, Aaron Mischo, Zach Philbin, Will Hanafan. Omaha North: Devin Safford, Houston Fogelstrom, Tyler Sehi. Omaha Northwest: Nick Adamy, Connor Chavis, Mark Lewis, Dave Shields, Frank Montanez, Zach Schlotman. Omaha South: Jesus Rivas. Omaha Westside: Joe Stegman, Michael Reinert, Brett Curran, Declan Cain, Henry Zipay, Marty Lenhart. Papillion-La Vista: Hayden Ball, Caiden Hill. Papillion-La Vista South: Aaron Palensky, Ryan Petersen.

Class B: Arlington: Braden Johnson, Clayton Koch, Jackson Borgmann, Grant Miller, Jake Vogt. Auburn: Drew Dixon, Baily Darnell, Noah Wynn. Beatrice: Jacob Pinkerton. Bennington: Seth Krayneski, Jacob Wageman. Blair: Mills Macek, Auggie Rasmussen, Jake MacDonald. Crete: Garrett Skillett, Spencer Steinhoff, Carter Kent. Douglas County West: Peyton Weiss, Caden Hays. Elkhorn: Drew Jindra, Connor Fowler, Ben Morock. Elkhorn Mount Michael: Ryan Riddle, Caiden Groff. Elkhorn South: Jacob Bunz, Tino Zach. Falls City: Kade Bredemeier, Ransom Campbell, Collin Cook, Phoenix Martin, Noah Milam, Parker Thompson. Fort Calhoun: Brennan Clausen. Gretna: Carter Kocian, Tanner Tierney, Cameron French, Ryan Samuelson, Caleb French. Hastings: Mike Boeve, Blayne Dreher, Connor Laux. Lincoln Pius X: Derek Kolbush, Riley Ward, Camden Brichacek, Brock Wordekemper, Dayne Kreikemeier. Nebraska City: Jace Becker, Andrew Harrah, Hayden Miller, Jared Nemec. Norris: Tommy Sullivan, Sayre Burnley, Will Reetz, Drew Reetz, Cade Argo, Cade Kohout, Garrison Gustin, Jesse Brown, Ethan Krueger. Omaha Concordia: Ryan Ehresman, Jackson Cummins, Thomas Tews, Buck Leinen, Nate Schwanke. Omaha Gross: Brendan Chonis, Ben Deiber, Alex Knicky. Omaha Roncalli: Tommy Alitz, Max Anderson, Logan McGill, Alex Rodgers, Creighton Silvain. Omaha Skutt: Jackson Gordon, Drew Perry, Michael Evans, Billy McGuire, Connor Fenton, Bryce Wesely. Platte Valley: Jerrad O’Malley, Scott Wuster, Trevor Ziemba. Platteview: Jordan Mathewson, Corey Stanton, Gage Duda. Plattsmouth: Richard Hasty, Johnny Mumford. Ralston: Jackson Tingwald, Nate Sailors. Seward: Kane Aegerter, Taryn Dredge, Joseph Krause, Brett Meyer, Tate Rolenc. South Sioux City: Micah DeHarty, John Horner, Denten Porter. Thurston-Cuming: Lane Heese, Brady Oliver, Aaron Ras, Dylan Roth. Wahoo: Billy Hancock, Mitch McGill, Cameron Quick, Chase Stebbing. Waverly: Rylan Gubbels, Rhett Jordon, Thatcher Kozal, Jonah Reiser, Trevor Steinmeyer, Drew Wells, Jay Adams, Tyson Brown, Alex Clifton. Wayne/Wakefield: Tucker Nichols, Tyler Lutt. West Point GACC: Cole Kreikemeier, Bryant Rief.


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