Eight locals named FACA all-state in baseball

Eight locals named FACA all-state in baseball

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Eight locals named FACA all-state in baseball

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Austin Dennis fields a grounder during a 2015 regional quarterfinal game against Umatilla.

Austin Dennis fields a grounder during a 2015 regional quarterfinal game against Umatilla.

The Florida Athletic Coaches Association has announced all-state baseball teams recognizing 233 athletes, including eight from Brevard County.

Of those, three played for Rockledge: Austin Dennis, Drew Parrish and Kevin Clanton. Parrish posted a 0.35 earned run average, going 10-1 and striking out 119. Dennis batted .440, drove in 17 runs and stole 14 bases. Clanton also batted .440, and he drove in a team-high 32 runs.

Those players made the 5A team, while Ryan McKay of Satellite and Chris Nall of Cocoa Beach were Class 4A honorees. Nall hit .470, drove in 22 runs and stole nine bases. McKay, who was drafted by the Miami Marlins, struck out 93 with a 0.63 ERA. He also hit five home runs and drove in 26.

Cooper Christiano of Melbourne made the 7A team, hitting .310, driving in 19 and stealing 21 bases. Eau Gallie’s Zak Wilson was chosen from 6A. He hit .417 and struck out 55 batters in 48 2/3 innings on the mound. Class 3A selection Austin Nickle of Melbourne Central Catholic batted .323, drove in 23 and posted a 1.31 ERA.

Titusville hosting college wrestling coach for clinic

Southeastern University of Lakeland wrestling coach Javier Maldonado will hold a clinic at Titusville High on Staurday in the school’s gymnasium.

Southeastern will begin offering wrestling as a scholarship sport this year. Maldonado, a two-time state champion at Kissimmee Osceola High, will be on hand to meet coaches and wrestlers while also holding a two-hour technique clinic. The event will begin at 9 a.m., and wrestlers should contact their high school coach to attend.

NFL Play 60 coming to Rockledge

This year’s I Got Skillz football clinic in Rockledge will be affiliated with NFL Play 60, USA Football and include former NFL safety Danny Copeland. The clinic can accommodate 150 children from age 5 through 15 and will be at McKnight Sports Complex — formerly Rockledge Park — on Cogswell Street.

The event will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on July 25. It is intended to teach life skills, football fundamentals, sportsmanship and teamwork. Registration is available at usafootball.com/fun, or it can be completed at 8 a.m. on the day of the clinic.

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