Times Sports Editor
The Northview baseball program and two members of the current Class 4A eighth-ranked squad have received recognition from Hoosier Diamond in the recently released pre-season all-state teams.
Junior first baseman, Zach Hull, made the Class 4A First Team and senior Zac Niehaus is a member of the Second Team.
"It is a tremendous honor for both Zach and Zac. We are extremely proud
of them for all of the hours that they have put in getting ready, not only for this season, but for college level baseball as well," Northview coach Scott McDonald said.
The honor is also special for a program that has produced a wealth of talent during the school's history and especially in recent years.
"From a program perspective, it shows that people around the state are starting to recognize our program as one that produces outstanding baseball players," McDonald said. "The schedule that we have worked a great deal on to toughen has also been a major contributor to that."
Hull is coming off a sophomore season that saw him hit .442 over 29 games and 103 plate appearances. He also produced plenty of power as his .686 slugging percentage attests to and showed great plate discipline, reaching base more than 52 percent of the time while driving in 35 runs.
"It's great and it's a real honor," Hull said. "I'm really happy to be picked."
Hull has also enjoyed the raised level of competition that an improved schedule has offered.
"(The competition) has been difficult, but it pays off in the end," Hull said. "I've just been trying my hardest and it's worked out."
On the Hoosier Diamond Class 4A First Team, two players were chosen at each infield position along with four pitcher and four outfielders. Hull is joined on the All-State First Team at first base by Terre Haute South's A.J. Reed.
"It's really paid off and I'm happy about it. A.J. (Reed) is at first base with me and we played against each other when he was at Riley. He's a really good ball player and I'm happy to be picked with him."
Hull is currently hitting .387 for the 9-1 Knights and has driven in seven runs with a home run and a .429 on-base percentage.
"First Team All-State as a junior is a rare accomplishment. The First Team this year only had two juniors and for Zach to be one of them is a tremendous accomplishment," McDonald said.
While Hull's bat gets plenty of notice, his combination of size, power and defensive prowess has separated him from the competition.
"First and foremost are his offensive abilities. Zach was a starter on the varsity level the first game of his high school career because of his ability to hit for power, hit to all fields, and hitting for average," McDonald said. "Second is the tremendous defense that he plays at first base. He has tremendous hands to go with a 6'4 target that it is a tremendous luxury to have him there."
Niehaus has some experience with postseason awards as he was named to the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches' Association Honorable Mention list for Class 4A.
"From the first day that Zac got to Northview, you could see that he was a special talent," McDonald said of his senior outfielder. "The blend of speed, power, arm strength, and baseball knowledge is the closest thing to Brady Shoemaker that I have seen. Zac has given the program some tremendous highlights in three years, with more expected this year."
Niehaus was second on the team with a .505 batting average last year and added five home runs, 44 RBI and a .923 slugging percentage.
"Watching him play, he has a great concept of the strike zone and very rarely chases a bad pitch," McDonald said. "He has put himself into what we consider one of the top-five players in the history of Northview baseball."
"It's a real honor to be recognized my senior year as an all-state player," Niehaus said. "I get a lot of support from my family and friends. It's just a true honor to be a part of the team.
"It's been a long road for me," Niehaus added. "Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to play baseball and to play in college. I've worked really hard and played a lot of travel baseball and that's taken me a lot of places. It'd be the experience of a lifetime (to play college baseball), it's where I really want to end up."
Niehaus, who also sees time at shortstop, has hit .419 this season and is tied for the team lead with seven stolen bases. He's also added four doubles and has reached base 50 percent of the time.
The dedication that the duo has displayed in realizing their potential hasn't gone unnoticed by the coaching staff at Northview.
"Both guys are cage rats to modify a basketball term. They both will get
200-300 cuts in practice as do all of the other players, but they will
go home and hit even more," McDonald said. "The goal that we strive for in all of our
kids is to simply outwork everybody that we will play, and from an offensive standpoint, these two are great examples of that."
Hull and Niehaus were both quick to say that their goals are team-based this season. Both players have set their sights on a sectional championship and a long postseason run.
"I think this year we have a really good shot at advancing through the sectional," Niehaus said. We have a pretty tough schedule and we get to play a lot of good competition. I think that will prepare us for the tournament and really get us ready."
"I'd really like to win a sectional and get deep in the postseason," Hull agreed. "This is an amazing group of guys and I wouldn't trade it for the world."
The area is well represented as Terre Haute North's Bryan Nacke is a 4A First Team pitcher, West Vigo catcher Scott West as a 3A First Team catcher and the Class A team has North Central (Farmersburg) pitcher Craig Bell and second baseman Blake Price from Riverton Parke, who each began their prep career with Northview. The Panther's Tim Johnson was also named as a pitcher.
Class 4A Preseason All-State
|Dillon Peters||Cathedral||Senior||Rich Andriole|
|Jerrick Suiter||Valparaiso||Senior||Dave Coyle|
|Bryan Nacke||Terre Haute North||Senior||Shawn Turner|
|Seth Huxford||Concord||Junior||Craig Koehler|
|Jose Andrade||Crown Point||Senior||Steve Strayer|
|Max Andresen||Penn||Senior||Greg Dikos|
|A.J. Reed||Terre Haute South||Senior||Kyle Kraemer|
|Zach Hull||Northview||Junior||Scott McDonald|
|Kevin Swango||Bloomington South||Senior||Phil Kluesner|
|Kyle Niemeier||Evansville Memorial||Senior||Quentin Merkel|
|Joey Forney||Bloomington South||Senior||Phil Kluesner|
|Donnie Waters||Franklin||Junior||Jeff Mercer|
|Andy Gehr||Westfield||Senior||Ryan Bunnell|
|Jake Brodt||Marion||Senior||Justin Faw|
|Joe Trennepohl||North Central||Senior||Phil McIntyre|
|Zach Garcia||Center Grove||Senior||Dave Gandolph|
|Tony Cheky||Portage||Senior||Tim Pirowski|
|Jake Roberts||Bedford-North Lawrence||Senior||Jerry Chaney|
|Jeremy Eger||Jeffersonville||Senior||Al Rabe|
|Jared Ruxler||Lawrence Central||Senior||Dan Roman|
|Bryan Chenoweth||McCutcheon||Senior||Jake Burton|
|Jared Miller||Avon||Senior||Troy Drosche|
|Cole Heberling||Anderson||Senior||Terry Turner|
|Brandon Wind||Lawrence Central||Dan Roman|
|Clark Pence||Greenfield Central||Junior||Travis Keesling|
|Andrew Cope||Evansville Harrison||Senior||Andy Rice|
|Josh Garcia||Marion||Senior||Justin Faw|
|Logan Draus||Concord||Senior||Craig Koehler|
|Kyle Schneider||Penn||Senior||Greg Dikos|
|Dewey Rodgers||Noblesville||Senior||Justin Keever|
|Cody Dykema||Lake Central||Senior||Jeff Sandor|
|Hunter McIntosh||Columbus North||Junior||Brian Muckerheide|
|Ashton Perritt||Whiteland||Senior||Scott Sherry|
|Zachary Niehaus||Northview||Senior||Scott McDonald|
|Grant Wilson||Carroll||Junior||Dave Ginder|
|Nick Feliciano||Merrillville||Senior||Mark Schellinger|
|Christian Montgomery||Lawrence Central||Senior||Dan Roman|
|Ryan Byrne||Noblesville||Senior||Justin Keever|
|Justin Blevins||Plainfield||Senior||Jacob Allstott|
|Brett Collins||Evansville Memorial||Senior||Quentin Merkel|
|Kyle Norris||Decatur Central||Senior||Phil Webster|
|Michael Conner||Carmel||Senior||Eric Lentz|
|Drew Clark||Fishers||Junior||Matthew Cherry|
|Peston Shelton||Columbus North||Junior||Brian Muckerheide|
|Zach Bucci||Anderson||Senior||Terry Turner|
|Alex Lantz||North Central||Senior||Phil McIntyre|
|Gabe Acevedo||Portage||Junior||Tim Pirowski|
|Grant Chamberlain||Evansville Harrison||Senior||Andy Rice|
|Sam Sweedon||Penn||Senior||Greg Dikos|
|Brandon Krieg||Lawrence Central||Senior||Dan Roman|
|Ryan McPike||Avon||Senior||Troy Drosche|
|Derek Asuras||Noblesville||Senior||Justin Keever|
|Andrew McCafferty||Westfield||Senior||Ryan Bunnell|
|Brandon Cloutier||Lake Central||Senior||Jeff Sandor|
Pitchers: Adam Jones, Columbus North; Ant Roach, Fishers; Ryan Demoss, Evansville Harrison; Jimmy McNamara, Lake Central; Taylor Hackett, Hamilton Southeastern; Parker Shelton, Columbus North; Jacob Kowal, Hamilton Southeastern..
Catchers: Demetrius Webb, North Central; Cody Strong, McCutcheon; Jess Harris, Whiteland.
First Basemen: Adam Kranda, New Castle; Colby Dickey, Whiteland.
Second Basemen: Koby Orris, Fishers; Andrew Eiler, Avon; Dillon Hughes, Plainfield.
Third Basemen: Jake Burns, Avon; Terry McGlothlin, Decatur Central.
Shortstops: Westin Edrington, Hamilton Southeastern; Conner King, New Castle; Brandon Bible, Decatur Central; Cody Gardner, Terre Haute North; J.P. Pena; Drew Sawyer, Kokomo; Whiteland; Trevor Kimm, Anderson; Cody Jones, Plainfield.
Outfielders: Jordan Rhinehart, North Central; Tony Rosselli, Terre Haute North; Trey Ball, New Castle; Jordan Day, New Castle; Wade Burtron, Westfield; Nolan Rogers, Bloomington South; Jordon Ball, Anderson; Ryan Kellum, Plainfield; Zach Smeltz, McCutcheon; Jay Thomas, Bedford North-Lawrence; Nik Bailey, Bedford North-Lawrence; Tyler Ison, Whiteland.
Class 3A Preseason All-State
|James Hackworth||Tippecanoe Valley||Junior||Scott Backus|
|Connor Hale||Brebeuf||Junior||Andy McClain|
|Bryan Beachy||Northwestern||Senior||Ryan Berryman|
|Brandon Pease||New Haven||Senior||Dave Bischoff|
|Zach McKinney||Mt. Vernon (Fortville)||Senior||Eric Nielsen|
|Scott West||West Vigo||Senior||Stephen DeGroote|
|Damon Howe||Plymouth||Senior||Tony Plothow|
|Payton Scott||Mississinewa||Sophomore||Steve Quaderer|
|Brett Jackson||New Palestine||Senior||Al Cooper|
|Cameron Screeton||Rochester||Senior||Brian Hooker|
|Brady Thomas||New Palestine||Senior||Al Cooper|
|Jacob Armstrong||Silver Creek||Junior||Joe Decker|
|Greg Kaiser||Ft. Wayne Dwenger||Senior||John F. Tone, Jr.|
|Tyler Simmons||Kankakee Valley||Senior||Doug Greenlee|
|Tanner Rosenbarger||Benton Central||Senior||Gary DeHaven|
|Landon Curry||Norwell||Senior||Kelby Weybright|
|Brandon Owens||Mitchell||Senior||Gary Seitzinger|
|Brandon Voglewede||Bellmont||Senior||Ben Fawbush|
|Logan Blair||Mt. Vernon (Fortville)||Senior||Eric Nielsen|
|Jacob Shike||Lebanon||Senior||Rick Cosgray|
|Sean Liedtky||John Glenn||Senior||John Nadolny|
|Michael Fitzwater||Delta||Senior||Terry Summers|
|Kyle Cartwrght||Plymouth||Senior||Tony Plothow|
|Brody Andrews||Tippecanoe Valley||Junior||Scott Backus|
|Nick Smith||New Palestine||Senior||Al Cooper|
|Joel Hobson||Crawfordsville||Junior||John Froedge|
|Tyler Sauerteig||Hamilton Heights||Senior||Rick Hawley|
|Nathan Fenker||Ft. Wayne Dwenger||Senior||John F. Tone, Jr.|
|David Hertel||Franklin County||Senior||Tony Windle|
|Josh Foster||Rensselaer Central||Senior||Brian Zacher|
|Donnie Malcomb||Madison||Senior||Dan Thurston|
|Lucas Salerno||New Haven||Senior||Lucas Salerno|
|Ethan Bailey||Greensburg||Junior||Scott Holdsworth|
|Josh Hoeing||Rushville||Senior||Adam Harpring|
|Cody Blunk||Wawasee||Senior||John Blunk|
|Logan Cunningham||Hamilton Heights||Junior||Rick Hawley|
|Jake West||Rensselaer Central||Junior||Brian Zacher|
|Keegan Remsburg||Greencastle||Senior||Troy Remsburg|
|Kyle Briner||Silver Creek||Senior||Joe Decker|
|Mark Pishkur||Andrean||Junior||Dave Pishkur|
|Sean Herberger||Ft. Wayne Dwenger||Junior||John F. Tone, Jr.|
|Cahner Thompson||Rochester||Senior||Brian Hooker|
|Andy Enright||Brebeuf||Senior||Andy McClain|
|Evan Hackney||Madison||Senior||Dan Thurston|
|John O'Malley||Benton Central||Junior||Gary DeHaven|
|Mike Tilley||Kankakee Valley||Senior||Doug Greenlee|
|Alex McCartney||Yorktown||Senior||Mike Larrabee|
|Austin Henderson||Northwestern||Senior||Ryan Berryman|
|Caleb Rasmussen||Crawfordsville||Junior||John Froedge|
|Brock Solmos||John Glenn||Senior||John Nadolny|
|Cody Thornton||West Vigo||Junior||Stephen DeGroote|
|Scotty Johansen||South Vermillion||Senior||Tim Terry|
|Zac Ryan||Andrean||Senior||Dave Pishkur|
|Dylan Patrick||Kankakee Valley||Senior||Doug Greenlee|
Pitchers: Ryan Thurston, Madison; Noah Patten, Norwell; Alex Holder, Princeton; Jake Yager, Northwestern; Dustin Duncan, Princeton.
Catchers: Jacob Barnes, New Palestine; Josh Vaughan, South Vermillion; Dillon Turpin, Princeton; Travis Gray, Norwell; Austin Schultz, Greensburg; Abe Ridlen, Northwestern; Alex Cohn, Brebeuf; Taran Temple, Delta.
First Basemen: Andrew Knapp, Hamilton Heights; Ryan Crowther, West Vigo; Dylan Meyer, Greensburg.
Second Basemen: Josh VanMeter, Norwell.
Third Basemen: Zach DeFries, Kankakee Valley; Kaden Lawson, South Vermillion; Clayton Tressler, Greensburg.
Shortstops: Skylar Parker, Angola; Zack Kent, West Vigo; Mike Brosseau, Andrean; Joey Perkins, Brebeuf; Mitchell Sorrells, Franklin County; Jordan Schmitt, Wawasee; Jordan Manning, Mitchell; Dakota Rogers, Princeton; Cory Krider, Tippecanoe Valley; Dylan Reyher, South Vermillion; Tommy McCafferty, Mt. Vernon (Fortville).
Outfielders: Ryan Lasley, Princeton; Troy Montgomery, Mt. Vernon (Fortville); Stephen Davis, Rushville; Jordan Jackson, Crawfordsville; Josh Priessman, Franklin County.
Class 2A Preseason All-State
|Matt Brankle||Taylor||Senior||Brent Owens|
|Scott Baker||Manchester||Senior||Jack Rupley|
|Ryan Dixon||Providence||Senior||Scott Hornung|
|Cameron Gerber||Bluffton||Senior||Todd Morgan|
|Matt Pletzke||Guerin Catholic||Senior||Jeff Buckner|
|Clayton Kramer||Eastern Hancock||Senior||Chad Coughenour|
|Eric Sass||Winamac||Senior||Mark Hendryx|
|Tony Zunica||Guerin Catholic||Senior||Jeff Buckner|
|Tyler Simmons||Taylor||Senior||Brent Owens|
|Justin Quinn||Alexandria||Junior||Jeff Closser|
|Zach Shidler||Winamac||Sophomore||Mark Hendryx|
|Cody Ryan||Frankton||Senior||Greg Hughes|
|Anthony Denis||Providence||Senior||Scott Hornung|
|Brandon Estep||Wapahani||Senior||Brian Dudley|
|Ryan Spaulding||Oak Hill||Junior||Shane Edwards|
|Kyle Schwinghamer||Forest Park||Senior||Jarred Howard|
|Eijah Bean||Brownstown Central||Senior||John Lawson|
|Karsn Bender||Delphi||Junior||Pat Lowrey|
|Kaleb Baker||Cambridge City||Junior||Jeff Mendenhall|
|Jake Althouse||Oak Hill||Senior||Shane Edwards|
|Austin Hawn||Delphi||Senior||Pat Lowrey|
|Bryce Yoder||Eastside||Junior||Jason Pierce|
|Brett Schender||Garrett||Sophomore||Cisco Mireles|
|Connor McLaughlin||Manchester||Junior||Jack Rupley|
|Alex Arthur||Cascade||Junior||Jason Thompson|
|Peyton Ross||Northfield||Senior||Tony Uggen|
|Ross Stitt||Seeger||Senior||Nate Davis|
|David Anderson||Madison-Grant||Junior||Steve Shugart|
|Mitch Yeagy||Alexandria||Junior||Jeff Closser|
|Joey Burns||Wabash||Senior||Matt Stone|
|Tyler Smith||Cambridge City||Senior||Jeff Mendenhall|
|Cheaney Roll||Brownstown Central||Junior||John Lawson|
|Hunter Brown||Eastern Hancock||Junior||Chad Coughenour|
|Josh Parr||Centerville||Senior||Mike Baumer|
|Zac Mishler||Westview||Senior||Joel Mishler|
|Brody Quick||Clinton Central||Junior||Eric Flickinger|
|Spencer McQueary||Taylor||Senior||Brent Owens|
|Christian Betz||Providence||Senior||Scott Hornung|
|Ben Wagenknect||Centerville||Senior||Mike Baumer|
|Steve Stunda||Eastern Hancock||Senior||Chad Coughenour|
Pitchers: Tyler Harvey, Frankton; Jon Keesling, Wapahani; Zac Rea, Cambridge City; Colin Woods, Brownstown Central; Adam House, Northfield.
Catchers: Nate Price, Wabash; Heath Reynolds, Wapahani; James Weber, Garrett; Kyler West, Cambridge City.
Third Basemen: Andy Roser, Northfield.
Shortstops: Adam Neidlinger, Guerin Catholic; Brandon Cooprider, Taylor; Kyle Massie, Madison-Grant.
Outfielders: Cody Wallace, Eastern Hancock; Ryan Keaffaber, Northfield; Chance Morphew, Alexandria; Zack Gadbury, Wapahani.
|*||Class 1A Preseason All-State|
|*||Craig Bell||North Central||Senior||Craig Grow|
|*||Brett Haan||Lafayette Central Catholic||Senior||Tim Bordenet|
|*||Bryce Wilz||Loogootee||Junior||Bob Wilz|
|*||Tim Johnson||Riverton Parke||Senior||Hank Lopez|
|*||Trevor Davis||Tri-Central||Senior||Scott Rowland|
|*||Kyle Whitlow||Frontier||Junior||Ryan Long|
|*||Michael Hammer||Tri-County||Senior||Jeff LeBeau|
|*||Colan Connon||Henryville||Senior||Jeff Schroeder|
|*||Blake Price||Riverton Parke||Senior||Hank Lopez|
|*||Zach Lyday||North Central||Junior||Craig Grow|
|*||Travis Demerly||Frontier||Senior||Ryan Long|
|*||Riley Benner||Tri-County||Sophomore||Jeff LaBeau|
|*||Johnny Brazas||Covington||Senior||Brad Short|
|*||Elliott Bajda||Whiting||Senior||Kevin Lenz|
|*||Cyle Knecht||Covington||Senior||Brad Short|
|*||Matthew Gatewood||South Dearborn||Senior||Andy Seegers|
|*||Derek Lunsford||Jac-Cen-Del||Senior||David Bradshaw|
|*||Caleb Caldwell||Lanesville||Junior||Sean Smith|
|*||Pitchers: Connor Strain, North Central; Adam Vance, Liberty Christian; Nick Stone, Lafayette Central Catholic; Luke Johnson, Springs Valley; Dalton Garnett, Jac-Cen-Del; Kody Key, Tri-Central.|
|*||Catchers: Luke Brazas, Covington; Cole Johnson, North Central; Clayton Lear, Tri-County.|
|*||First Basemen: Alex Helms, South Decatur; Zach White, Riverton Parke.|
|*||Third Basemen: Bryce Bowling, Covington.|
|*||Shortstops: Dylan Cain, Frontier.|
Outfielders: Austin Munn, Lafayette Central Catholic.