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The calendar might say it’s 2010, but for Nick Tepesch and some of his former Blue Springs High School baseball teammates, it was 2007 all over again.■ Aaron Senne named NCBWA District VI Player of the Year (NCBWA.c0m)
Tepesch, The Examiner’s 2007 High School Player of the Year and American Legion Player of the Year who selected by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday, was back at his old high school on Thursday helping coach Tim McElligott with his youth baseball camp.
“Look at those guys,” McElligott said as Tepesch and his buddies clowned around on a John Deere cart. “You’d think they were in grade school, let alone high school.
“That’s what’s so great about Nick. Here he is, a big stud at the University of Missouri who gets drafted by the Texas Rangers, and he’s back here with his buddies helping with a baseball camp.”
Aaron Senne was the Big 12 Conference Co-Player of the Year and a 2010 All-American after hitting .400 with 16 home runs, 59 RBI and 22 doubles. He became the first Tiger to hit .400 since 1988. He also was drafted for the third time in '10 after passing up two earlier offers from the Minnesota Twins. The senior from Rochester, Minn. (home of the famed Mayo Clinic), ended his career at MU as the all-time record holder for hits (291), doubles (69), extra-base hits (114), and total bases (492). He is among the Top 10 in Tigers' history in at-bats, home runs, RBI, walks, runs, and slugging percentage. He had helped Missouri play in three of their school-record six consecutive NCAA tournaments before a young squad just missed a big this season.Draft Update
■ According to the Kansas City Star, MU SS Mike Liberto has signed a contract with the Royals.