Private School Baseball
The Champs are here... The Knights won the SPC state title last season with a 24-9-1 record under the direction of Matt Fox. Fox returns the Witt brothers, Preston and Tanner. Tanner is committed to Texas as a pitcher/hitter. He was a SPC first-teamer and a member of 16U Team USA. Preston can play behind the plate or first base when he’s not on the mound. Colton Rathjen returns after a first-team nod. Mark Nylund and Jake Tanner bring senior leadership and defensive prowess. Nylung brings a lefty to the pitching staff. A pair of sophs Alex Diaz and Bennett Hanks are the future for Episcopal.
LUTHERAN SOUTH PIONEERS
The Pioneers struck gold last season, winning the TAPPS Division II state title. Coach Aaron Schneider returns a loaded wagon in 2019 with hopes of defending “that-there” title. Lefty Luke Harrison was named to the All-Tourney team as he baffled hitters all season. Chad Allen can play all over the field and pitch. He also has a power stick in the lineup. Utility-man Kevin Roebelen can do it all as well as toe the rubber. Jared Chambers is no joke. He was the leading hitter, an all-state selection and top defender at shortstop. Freshman Deundre Jones could be the future of Lutheran South. He is already committed to UH. Trhea Morris will also provide depth as LSA makes a break for another title.
CYPRESS CHRISTIAN WARRIORS
The Warriors move to Division II this season after winning the DIII state title a year ago. Coach David Swan has another contender led by a pair of high Division I talents. J.T Mounce patrols the outfield, was a first-team, all-stater and is headed to Oklahoma State. Pitcher Clayton Dean can also crush the ball at the plate. The all-stater will take his talents to Louisiana-Lafayette. Drue Hirth will manage behind the plate while lefty JT Tackett tries to build on last year’s breakout season. Zach Zapata, Joseph Carbone, Cory Chapman and Tucker Fredrickson round out the dugout and make the Warriors a tough out come playoff time.
THE JOHN COOPER SCHOOL DRAGONS
Say, hello to new coach Mike Williams, who comes to the SPC private school landscape from the select world. Williams is blessed with one of the most talented rosters in all of Texas private schools. Let’s start with slick-fielding Evan Minarovic (Northwestern), who also doubled as the Dragons’ QB1 the past few seasons. Reed Smith (Northwestern) was the team’s Pitcher MVP, while outfielder Logan Leax (George Washington) is the team’s top hitter. Baylor-signee Evan Godwin brings another talented arm to John Cooper, while Jonathan Spankler-Sakata (John Hopkins) manages the staff behind the plate. Braden Sebesta is another arm ready to have a big senior year.