THE WINNER: Corey Bird
School: Herbert Hoover (Clendenin, W.Va.)
Weight: 175 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Huskies to a 28-3 record and a berth in the Class AA regional finals against Wayne (Union, W.Va.), scheduled for May 24. Bird batted .476 with 54 runs scored, 45 stolen bases and 20 RBI through 31 games. Also the returning Class AA First Team All-State captain as named by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, Bird owned a 4-0 record with one save, a 1.08 ERA and 45 strikeouts against just seven walks in 26 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Bird has maintained a 3.80 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church and as a youth baseball instructor and umpire.
“He’s hard to beat,” said Kenny Harper, head coach of rival Sissonville (Charleston, W.Va.). “We’ve played against him for four years, and he’s a guy you have to keep off base. Once he’s on base, he’ll score. And if you hit it to center field, he’ll run it down. As far as a ballplayer and an athlete, you can’t get much better.”
THE FUTURE: Bird has signed with Marshall.