Friday, March 30, 2012

HI NOTES: SEC Preview, USA Reunion, Ian's Class


Places to be this weekend (
Missouri at Texas A&M

What's at stake: SEC supremacy.

Yes, these two will continue their battles in SEC country next year. Mizzou seems to be creeping back into relevance, but still aren't quite up to the level that coach Tim Jamieson would like. A&M certainly shook off any doubts by going to the Malibu shores and sweeping a good Pepperdine team last weekend...
Pair of Aggies set to greet their Team USA coach at Olsen Field (
Missouri head baseball coach Tim Jamieson arguably has the best scouting report an opposing coach could put together on Texas A&M All-Americans Tyler Naquin and Michael Wacha.

He also knows from having coached them this summer on the USA Collegiate National Team that all the extra knowledge probably won't help him a lick when his Tigers face them and the sixth-ranked Aggies (20-5) in their three-game Big 12 series this weekend.

"They are both such good players that if they are on their game it doesn't make any difference what I know ahead of time," Jamieson said. "Tyler doesn't have a weakness at the plate. I hope we just catch him on a bad weekend. And Michael is the same way if he's on. Even if you know what is coming, it won't make any difference."


Ian Kinsler's star-studded high school team (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
For most high schools, producing one professional athlete is quite a feat. After all, the percentages of players from high school to college to pros shrink significantly along the way.

But Canyon del Oro High School, located in the Tucson, Ariz. suburb Oro Valley, had a remarkable stretch in the late 1990s. At one point, the baseball team had five future big leaguers -- Ian Kinsler, Scott Hairston, Brian Anderson and Shelley and Chris Duncan.

The Star-Telegram caught up with Kinsler about his star-studded high school team that was coached by Kent Winslow. . .

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