ALL-NORTH COAST SECTION
Player of the Year
CONNOR REDMOND, DE LA SALLE
By NATE SMITH
With a 36-man roster, and expectations of contending for the North Coast Section Division I title, it was unfair before this season to try and single out one De La Salle player
who would rise to the top, and become the team leader for a championship.
Connor Redmond did just that, leading the Spartans with his bat, his glove, and his ability to close games out on the mound. The Cal Poly commit also led from a mental aspect, providing
coach David Jeans with a player who could do anything on the field, at any time.
“(Connor) is definitely one of the best players I have ever coached,” Jeans said. “He succeeds in all facets of the game, and just has that ‘it’ factor at all times.”
Redmond was selected as the 2016 East Bay Athletic League Player of the Year, and it’s no surprise why. The senior led the Spartans with a .432 batting average, driving in
19 runs, but also led the team in sacrifice bunts with three.
“He can put down a perfect push bunt, and comes through for you in clutch situations,” Jeans said. “Against Bellarmine, with a runner on third, he won the game with a suicide
squeeze bunt. And he was already expecting to get the sign before he even came to the plate.”
Speaking of clutch performances, the senior’s best games happened to come against the top competition. In a non-league victory over Sac-Joaquin Division I champion Elk Grove,
Redmond went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBI, and then went 3-for-3 in the NCS Division I title game against Castro Valley.
The all-around threat registered 30 assists and turned four double plays at third base this season, and Jeans said there was no question he was the best defensive
third baseman in the area. And as De La Salle progressed towards its first-ever unbeaten season in the EBAL, Redmond also started to shut down any opponents who threatened that record.
San Ramon Valley, Livermore, and Foothill each gave De La Salle a battle until the final out, and each time, Jeans called on Redmond to slam the door. In fact, Redmond
did not give up a run in his final eight appearances of the season, finishing the year with a 1.99 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.
Redmond received nationwide honors in the spring, when he was named a Perfect Game All-American. Now, at the conclusion of his De La Salle baseball career, he has been
named the 2016 Prep2Prep North Coast Section Player of the Year.
Coach of the Year
DAVID JEANS, DE LA SALLE
David Jeans led De La Salle to its third NCS title in five years.
By NATE SMITH
The De La Salle Spartans captured their third section title in five seasons, beating Castro Valley on the first Saturday in June to erase the sting of last year’s title game
loss to College Park. It was a special journey in 2016, however, as the Spartans won 25 games and went unbeaten in EBAL play for the first time since joining the league.
One of the big differences between the roster at De La Salle and any other school is the sheer size. Over the past two seasons, Jeans has carried 34 and 36 players, respectively.
While most coaches opt to cut the roster size down to somewhere around 15 or 16 players, he has adopted the opposite approach, building massive numbers and challenging his players
with the talent surrounding them.
“From day one, this team embraced the challenge, and the work ethic that we expect,” Jeans said. “Everyone treats each other with ultimate respect, and it was truly a single-minded group.”
The team also knows that, with so many viable options at his disposal, positions are constantly up for grabs, and the best players can earn their way onto the field.
“Coach (Jeans) is very truthful and up-front with the guys about who is going to be on the field,” said sophomore first baseman Trace Tammaro. “He does not care about seniority at
all. If you are the best player at that position, he is going to start you.”
That approach by Jeans led to a competitive approach in practice, where the team got better on a daily basis. Players who do not start have to also stay sharp, as he does not hesitate
to make substitutions, even if it is just for an inning or to get a different runner on the base paths. Jeans also expects the players to take ownership of the team, a trait that he
said truly came to fruition this season.
“When I do my best coaching job, I don’t have to do much at the end of the season,” Jeans said. “And this season, the players almost completely took over by the end.”
The De La Salle coaching staff also challenged its squad with an extremely difficult schedule, opening against CCS Open Division champion Saint Francis, a game the Spartans won
5-0 to gain some early confidence. A 7-1 win over Elk Grove gave them victories over the eventual champions from both nearby sections. Two of the team’s three losses occurred
at the National Classic in Orange County, one of them to Arizona Division I state runner-up Mountain Ridge-Glendale.
For the players at De La Salle, it was no surprise to see Jeans immerse himself in the culture necessary to build a league and section championship program.
“I truly believe there is nowhere he would rather be than coaching baseball,” said Tammaro, who earned first-team All-EBAL honors after clubbing five home runs.
That sentiment seems to hit the mark when it comes to Jeans. A day after the Spartans won the NCS title, he was coaching a double-header in Yuba City with his travel
ball team, the Oaks Baseball club. And even his family is in on the act. His son, Ryan, is the hard-working team manager for the baseball team at UC Santa Barbara, currently
playing in the College World Series.
For a record-setting season at De La Salle, against the top competition available, and a passion for his team and the sport he coaches, David Jeans is our Prep2Prep North
Coast Section Coach of the Year.
Senior of the Year
KEVIN MILAM, HERITAGE
Milam did it all for the BVAL champion Patriots this season, which resulted in being named the league’s MVP for the second straight season.
On the mound, the Saint Mary’s commit went 11-0 with a 0.76 ERA, striking out 78 batters in 73 innings pitched. At the plate, Milam batted .468 with three home runs, 12 doubles,
and 25 RBIs. He was also named a first-team Perfect Game All-American.
Junior of the Year
MATT MASCIO, CASTRO VALLEY
The NCS Division I runner-up Trojans were at their best when Mascio was on the mound, as he went 7-2 with a 1.56 ERA. That included a semifinal victory over second-seed Heritage,
when the first-team All-WACC junior held the Patriots’ lineup to a single run late in the game.
He had an impact at the plate as well, hitting .382 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
Sophomore of the Year
KEVIN CLANCY, NORTHGATE
A big reason for Northgate’s league title and run to the Division II championship game was Clancy’s production at the plate. The first-team All-DVAL selection hit .364 with 33 runs batted in, tops
in the league, and had two key RBIs in the NCS semifinal win over Maria Carrillo. He also played a nearly flawless outfield position, committing just one error all season.
Freshman of the Year
BUBBA GOMEZ, FREMONT CHRISTIAN
Gomez burst on the scene this year, batting .500 with three home runs, four triples, 13 doubles, 55 RBIs, and 36 runs scored. He stole 16 bases, and committed just one error. Then there was
his pitching. On the mound, Gomez went 13-3 with a 0.55 ERA, and tossed three no-hitters.
In two of Gomez’ three no-hitters, he recorded all 15 outs by strikeout. He was named MVP of the Bay Counties League.
FIRST TEAM ALL-NCS
Conner Roberts, De La Salle
Roberts was named the EBAL’s Pitcher of the Year after going 10-0 with a 0.79 ERA. The UC Santa Barbara commit struck out 82 batters in 62 innings pitched, and went four straight starts
late in the season without allowing an earned run. He allowed just two extra-base hits all season, and did not give up a home run.
Tommy Henderson, Acalanes
Henderson led the Dons to a 26-2 record and an NCS Division III title. The Cal commit was named MVP of the Diablo Foothill Athletic League hit .365 with 17 extra-base hits and 22 RBI. He
struck out just five times all season, and turned seven double plays in the field.
Bradlee Beesley, San Leandro
The Cal Poly bound Beesley earned first-team All-WACC honors after hitting .407 with four home runs for the WACC-Shoreline regular season champions. Beesley stole 23 bases and scored 34 runs.
The senior also held a 2.33 ERA in 10 appearances on the mound.
Armani Smith, De La Salle
Smith hit .405 for the Spartans, with 22 RBIs and 25 runs scored. The UC Santa Barbara commit also stole 11 bases and turned 10 double plays. Smith was recently drafted by the
Cleveland Indians in the 35th round of the amateur draft.
Spencer Torkelson, Casa Grande
The Arizona State commit and first-team All-NBL selection hit .442 with two home runs, eight doubles, and 25 RBIs for the league tournament champion Gauchos. He also drew 18 walks, and was
hit by a pitch nine times, for a .575 on-base percentage. Showing his all-around skills, the dual-sport athlete stole 27 bases and turned eight double plays.
Andre Nnebe, Saint Mary’s
The 6-foot-6 Santa Clara commit was named MVP of the TCAL-Rock Division after batting .483 with five home runs, five triples, 11 doubles, 26 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases for the Panthers. Nnebe
was also named a first-team Perfect Game All-American.
Justin Mitchell, Livermore
Mitchell hit .379 with four home runs and 28 RBIs for the Division II champion Cowboys. The first-team All-EBAL selection committed just two errors all season, while also stealing 13 bases.
He totaled six hits, including four doubles, in playoff wins over Redwood and Montgomery.
Brian Wright, Northgate
Wright hit .446 for the DVAL champion Broncos, with 13 RBIs and 27 runs scored. The first-team All-DVAL selection also executed four sacrifice bunts, stole eight bases, and committed
just one error in the field. He had 11 hits in the playoffs, including a 4-for-4 performance in the section title game.
Brandon Buckley, Marin Catholic
Buckley earned first-team All-MCAL honors at two different positions after a standout season for the league tournament champions. He held a 1.50 ERA in 11 starts for the Wildcats, and
pitched one no-hitter. The Santa Clara commit also batted .368 with 11 runs batted in.
SECOND TEAM ALL-NCS
Josh Candau, Acalanes
The UC Santa Barbara commit was named the DFAL’s Most Valuable Pitcher after going 9-1 with a 1.23 ERA. Candau struck out 62 batters in 57 innings pitched, and picked up two wins
in the playoffs, including a nine-strikeout, one-hit performance against Hercules.
Ricky Hernandez, De Anza
Hernandez was the Player of the Year in the TCAL-Stone division, after leading the Dons to a division title. On the mound, he was 7-2 with a 1.21 ERA and two saves, striking out 96 batters
in 75 inning pitched. At the plate, he hit .420 with 11 doubles, 11 stolen bases, and 19 RBIs.
Ian Villers, Northgate
The early Cal commit did a bit of everything for the Broncos this season, batting .342 with 18 RBI, but also making an impact on the mound for the DVAL champions. Villers went 7-4 with a
1.34 ERA, and no-hit Division I semifinalist College Park. Perfect Game ranks Villers among the top 60 prospects nationally in the Class of 2018.
Kevin McConnell, Will Rembac, Grant Young
Kyle Averitt, Austin Stenseldt
Kyle Averitt, Austin Stenseldt
Tyler Peters, Trent Greene, Cole Gifford
Brandon Zerio, Cal O’Laughlin, TJ Myers
Jacob Hord, Aaron Bell
Devon Ogston, Jordan Parks, Gabe Werthimer
Victor Anguiano, Brady Crump, Josh Cordova
Goby Medina, Brian Tan, Adrian Padilla
Nick Dennis, Cole Fanning-Haag
Leo Nierenberg, Jalen Bustos
Alec Ritch, Henrik Reinertsen
Liam Steigerwald, Mitchell Briggs, Matt Ramirez
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF:
Bryan Salazar, Tristin Boren
Max Flower, Ryan McNally, Ryan Rossi, Jack Cassidy
Colin Imm, Chris McMahon, Drew Oliver
Chris Joaquim, Blake Berry, Quinton Gago, Hance Smith
Joaquin Soto, Cole Coffey, Matthew Barraza
Bill Ralston, James Biles, Jack Miller
John Vertrees, Ryan Damiata
Chris Harms, Drew Edens
Sam Behrens, Jack Downing, Ian MacIver
Willis Bass, Zane Johann
Nick Nunez, Jesus Hernandez, Patrick O’Shea, Ryan Parisi
DE LA SALLE:
Joe Vranesh, Trace Tammaro, Gabe Giosso, Cullen Kafka
Kevin Miles, JT Balano, Randall Thornton
Sonny Brandwood, Connor Gibbons, Zach Promes
Kevin Page, Mychael Jamison
Cinque Holliday, Sandeep Mahl
Tyler Winegar, Brett Hansen, Ruben Mercado
Kevin Lonergan, Brodie Garner, AJ Gessini
Zac Heinz, CJ Malski, Zach Patterson, Jarrett Powell
Nikoh Mitchell, Alex Desoto
Levi Yeley, Evan McPherson
Bubba Dentoni, Alex Robinson, Chris Troye, Walker Brinkman, Tyler Franks
Max Sivolella, Sebastian Pieri
Michael Newman, Cal Bridges, Marcus Sanchez
Chris Ramos, Justin Berry, Michael Gallagher, Jordon Soto
Colton Petersen, Cameron Michael, Nathan Kaufmann
Noah Lyndall, Logan Barrick
Dalton Bowling, Chris Tonna, Andrew Amato
Mark Dozier, Tony Gonzalez
Kevin Gregersen, Clayton Barker
Bryce Prybylinski, Anthony Fugazzi, Andrew Flores, Stirling Strong
Justin Robinson, Dixon Layton, James Crutcher
Brian Martinez, Kade Gomes
LIVERMORE VALLEY PREP:
Luis Carillo, Diego Martinez
Jo Bynum, Patrick Gavin, Aidan Nagle, Ryan Sellner
Alex Gow, Timmy Stabler
Casey Armusewicz, Peter Armusewicz, Mike Praszker, Anthony Pomilia
Tim Tague, Zach Wong, Daniel Huston
MISSION SAN JOSE:
Connor Bruce, Jack Murphy, Nate White, Jack Maloon
Nick Smith, Colin Prince
Marc Goulart, Tanner Granzella
Hunter Harris, Alex Bray
Nicholas Simmons, Ryne Mannie, Chris Rogan
Tryston Gomes, Hunter Wegner
Luke Wheless, Kempton Brandis
Dylan Porter, Adam Low
Sammy Esparza, Dominic Pipkin
Jose Vasquez, Isaiah Franklin, Dominic Arias
Oscar Urbina, Ryan Phillips, Gunner Mefferd
Zack Kopstein, Nic Gillies, Erik Doctor
RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN:
Nick Guiseponi, JP First
Gianni Bloom, Ryan Jenkins
Marcelo Tervalon, Matt McFarland
Josh Campuzano, Augusto Pineda, Kyle Guerra
Dalton Van Hille, Brian Solano, Aaron Johnson
Dominic Burke, RJ Balderama
Angelo Zorn, Jonathan Sumner
SAN RAMON VALLEY:
Ryan Davis, Jared Dawson, Blake Harrison, Joey Spears
Tyler Kelley, Jordan Walker
Dylan de la Montanya, Ethan Jones, Kyle Duchynski
Ethan Vitale, Eric Bailey
ST. JOSEPH NOTRE DAME:
Hunter Hennigh, Vinnie Republicano, Angel Munoz
ST. PATRICK-ST. VINCENT:
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:
Michael Davis, Liam Galten, Dominic Pedersen
Robbie Vanderlaan, Willie Reader
Kevin Whitaker, Zach Parella, Balewa Byrd
Devin Kirby, Colton Crabtree, Joe Brazil
Simon Fruth, Kevin Lo
Sam Braun, Ryan James, Stas Kuntz
Sam Penning, Hunter Disidoro