Snow Canyon coach Reed Secrist admits he may be a little emotional when he coaches the 3A All-Star game Saturday.
The veteran coach, fresh off his second straight state 3A Championship, will manage the South All-Stars as they face the North All-Stars in the noon game at Ogden’s Lindquist Field.
For Secrist, it will be his last chance to coach his son Brogan, along with four-year starter Riley Gates and and fellow senior Chandler Day.
“Steve Hansen, the coach at Mt. Crest, called me and told me it was a great experience for him and his son last year, so I said ‘Heck yeah,’” Coach Secrist said. “Just to be able to coach Riley and Chandler and my son one last time is tremendous.”
And while Brogan will be coached by his dad one final time, Gates will also have one last chance to be around Reed Secrist, who must seem like a second father to him.
Gates, who was recently named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Utah, has been an anchor for the Warriors as they’ve played in at least the state semifinals four straight years and won the title the past two seasons. Snow Canyon went 83-33 while Gates pitched and played first base for the school, compiling an accumulative earned run average below 1.00 in that time.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Secrist said. “Obviously it’s huge for him, but also for our program and our school. His performance on the field, both during high school games and in the off-season for scouts around the country, was key. But they also wanted to know about his character – how he was in the community and what kind of student he was.”
Gates was Snow Canyon’s valedictorian and had a perfect 4.0 grade point average in high school.
The All-Star game will feature 33 of the top seniors in the state, divided by region. The South team will have eight players from Region 9: Gates, Day and Secrist from Snow Canyon, Kaleb Caplin and Zac Ivie from Desert Hills, Tyson Graff from Dixie, Hunter Low from Cedar and Juan Lares from Canyon View. Secrist’s South team will also feature three Spanish Fork players and should be heavily favored in the game.
The North team will be coached by Uintah’s Brent Labrum.
“I hope we beat them good so we can get everyone in and get them five or six at-bats,” Secrist said.
Lindquist Field is the home of minor league professional team the Ogden Raptors and has also been the site of several state championships, including Dixie’s last title in 2006.
Additionally, an “underclassmen” game will be held tonight at 8 p.m. at Lindquist Field. Region 9 will be represented by Canyon View’s Keaton Kringlen and Zack Brinkerhoff as well as Snow Canyon catcher Brady Sargent.
Braiden Labrum, Uintah; Preston Barker, Uintah; Brian Saunders, Ogden; J.J. Stein, Ogden; Kyle Kelly, Wasatch; Mason Holmes, Wasatch; Lantzen Toomer, Morgan; Broc Hill, Bear River; Alex Gudac, Juan Diego; Mark Trevino, Park City; KC Hansen, Tooele; Tyler Wilkerson, Judge; Anthony Mestas, Ben Lomond; Wyatt Branch, Stansbury; Kelby Landon, Grantsville; Skyler Cloward, Grantsville; Haydn Ross, Union. Coach: Brent Labrum, Uintah.
Brogan Secrist, Snow Canyon; Chandler Day, Snow Canyon; Riley Gates, Snow Canyon; Tyson Graff, Dixie; Lincoln Rivera, Spanish Fork; Cameron Money, Spanish Fork; Conner Johnson, Spanish Fork; Jordan Mellen, Payson; Luc Christensen, North Sanpete; Kaleb Caplin, Desert Hills; Zac Ivie, Desert Hills; Hunter Johnson, Delta; Juan Lares, Canyon View; Dakota Cisneros, Carbon; Tate Squire, Juab; Hunter Low, Cedar. Coach: Reed Secrist, Snow Canyon
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