SHB Students in the News
September 12, 2021: The Standard-Examiner reported David Maberry finishing the season at the top of the Pioneer Baseball League hitting stats with a .412 average. Pointstreak.com as of 9/11/21 in. The DH/1B played this season for the Ogden Raptors beginning the season with a pinch-hit grand slam for his 1st professional at bat.
Follow David @dmabes44
August 16, 2021: The Northwest Florida Daily News reported Preston Murphy was named All Area Baseball Hitter of the Year 2021. Murphy's hit .356, with eight extra-base hits, .531 OBP, 1.073 OPS. Preston is a catcher and this year a senior at Niceville High School.
Follow Preston on Instagram @preston._.murphy .
Other All Area selections include Brady Koger, Niceville, Luca Maberry, Choctaw, and Kobe Riggs, Choctaw. For a complete list see the article in the August 16, 2021 Sports Section.
August 15, 2021: Former Niceville High School Student/TNXL Academy graduate, Florida Gator Brady Smith is now playing for the Down East Wood Ducks, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers Organization. Smith hit a single giving team mate Yenci Peña the walk-off run to end an 11-inning, 4 hour 48 minute game this Friday against the Carolina Mudcats.
Follow Brady on instagram @bradysmith9
August 10, 2021: Hemo is back after a week of coaching the 2021 USA Baseball 16U/17U National Team Development Program. USA Baseball selected 44 elite athletes to work with and develop for possible future participation in USA Baseball National Team Programming. Hemo, a USA Baseball alum himself was part of a group selected to train and assess these select athletes.
July 28, 2021: Phoenix Sanders is having great season as he makes it half way thru with the AAA Durham Bulls of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The right handed reliever has been called the "team fire extinguisher" by the Durham announcers.
The 10th round pick and former USF Bull currently holds a 3-0 record with 1 save and a 1.85 ERA this season. Sanders currently leads the team relievers with 49 Ks and only 5 walks in the 39 innings pitched thus far.
We wish Phoenix continued success. You can follow Phoenix on Instagram @phoenixsanders33 or Twitter @PSanders_14 .
July 3, 2021: Zeph Hoffpauir of the Sioux Falls Sunfish in the Expedition League finished last night's game with a 91 MPH inside fast ball for the game winning strike out. It was 3 up, 3 down for the position player in his only inning of work against the Pierre Trappers.
June 30, 2021: Brady is a seasonal instructor and alumnus of SHB who signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers organization.
Brady, currently with the Ranger's high A Hickory Crawdads hit a single to left in his first pro at bat this past Sunday. He had a great game with 5AB/2R/2H/2TB/1SO.
Brady is a former Florida Gator who attended/played for Niceville High School, and graduated from TNXL Academy. Follow Brady @bradysmith9 .
June 15, 2021: SHB would like to give a shout out to Sam Roe as she was named one of the "very best of the 2022-2023 high school graduating class" by PGF. Sam will be playing in the PGF Juniors vs. Sophomores game which will aired on ESPN U July 31.
The Niceville High School C/MIF is a Florida Gator Commit.
Follow Samantha on Instagram @_.samanthakay
June 13, 2021: SHB student, David Maberry debuted his 1st professional game with a grand slam since signing with the Ogden Raptors ( an MLB partner in the Pioneer League). In the 9 games Maberry has played he currently has: 32 AB/15 R/20 H/2 2B/0 3B/4 HR/14 RBI/4 BB/5 SO/0 SB/ .625 BA.
Now that's what you call getting off to a good start!
Follow David on Instagram @dmabes33
June 4, 2021: Tampa Bay Rays organization, Durham Bulls Pitcher, Tyler Zombro was hit with a line drive sending him to the hospital.
The game was called in the 8th inning, and the Friday game was postponed.
Sources say he is in stable condition.
We wish Tyler, his family, and the Durham Bulls a complete and speedy recovery.
May 26, 2021: Congratulations to Preston Murphy, Niceville High School catcher for being named Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year.
Preston played 25 games this year batting .356 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 21 hits, 10 RBIs, and .531 OBP as a junior!
Can't wait to see what this year brings!
May 25, 2021: Congratulations to Luca Maberry for getting MVP at Choctawhatchee High School in Fort Walton Beach. Luca had a stellar year batting .370 with 6 doubles, a triple, 4HRs, and 13 stolen bases. Well done!
We wish Luca good luck as he is committed to Marion Military Institute.
May 18: The Scott Hemond Hustle finished strong this weekend going 3-0 on Sunday and 4-1 for the tournament.
The Hustle earned the final "W' taking the Daphne Trojans 13-0 in the final game for the Silver Bracket Tournament Championship in Dothan, AL.
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May 1, 2021: The Pensacola State Pirates clinched the Division I-Panhandle Championship followed by Northwest Florida State Raiders. The Teams will be headed to Lakeland this week where they will battle to go to the College World Series.
We wish both teams good luck, especially our SHB Alumni!
May 1, 2021: He was an awesome baseball player when he played for the Gulf Coast Elite travel ball team.
Michael has been a great athlete for a long time. So awesome to see him selected by the New York Jets!
Here's the camp you've been asking about! Our Destin Summer Camp is right around the corner.
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We promote the discipline and fundamentals needed to succeed both on and off the field through a variety of challenging games and activities. Our hopes are to not only help the young player improve his or her game, but explore other athletic talents in a fun and safe environment.
We will cover the Fundamentals of hitting, throwing, fielding, speed, and agility and defense work. We train hand-eye coordination, body control, balance training, and running mechanics.
Group activities such as flag football, kickball, whiffle ball, and dodgeball keep them having fun and being athletic!
Baseball and softball players age 6 to 12 welcome. Campers will be separated by age.
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April 29, 2021: Phoenix Sanders of the Tampa Bay Rays organization will be assigned to the Durham Bulls to start the MiLB season.
The 10th round draft pick is a RHP that swiftly moved his way up through the Rays organization.
Phoenix, son-in-law of Scott Hemond played for the USF Bulls where he was the highest drafted Bulls player selected by the Rays organization in 2017.
We wish him a great season!
April 24, 2021: The Hemond Hustle put up a fight this weekend in Panama City Beach at the GSSA Mid Season Super Regional on the Turf Tournament.
The SHB 12u team played 5 games this weekend, the final was a battle for the championship where we lost 4-3 to the Westside Trainwrecks.
Great job fellas!
April 15, 2021: Throwback Thursday
This was 2017 East Coast Pro event at UWF
So proud of these guys. They still kickin' butt.
Where are they now?
- Cameron Gray/Chipola College @cameron_gray10
- Brandon Schrepf/Pensacola State @bschrepf
- Drew Williamson/ University of Alabama @drew_will18
- Nic Nolan/Troy State @nicnolan7
- Rece Hinds/Cincinnati Reds Organization @rece_hinds.
April 14, 2021: Jackson Owen, senior at Starkville High School in Starkville, MS was chosen for the Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star Game.
Jackson was also announced as the @BrianMcCaskill State Farm Player of the Week for his excellent performance on the diamond.
The catcher/infielder is committed to Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Max Preps named the Choctawhatchee senior "Player of the Game" April 5th against Pensacola.
Luca signed with Marion Military Institute on March 24, 2021.
Luca is the younger brother of David Maberry of Valdosta State.
April 12, 2021: The crafty lefty knows how to pitch as he threw a complete game and picked up the win for Navarre High School against district foe Crestview High School on Thursday.
On March 28 Betts threw 4 shutout innings against FWB at Blue Wahoos Stadium before the game was postponed.
Korey is also hitting 3rd in the district as reported by Max Preps with a .423 batting average.
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April 9, 2021: The 13 year old 1B/3B/RHP is making his mark with a .420 BA/ .700 RISP. Jaydon, a 7th grader at Marianna K-8, helped position his team as Big Bend Conference Runners-up. Jaydon is the younger brother of Cameron Gray of Chipola College.
As coach Ron would say, "You're big time boy!"
April 8, 2021: Congratulations to SHB seasonal pitching instructor Tyler Holton of the Arizona Diamondbacks Organization. He will be breaking camp with the AA Amarillo Sod Poodles this season. Tyler was drafted in 2018 in the 9th round, 279 pick with the Diamondbacks. Follow Tyler on Twitter @tylerholton14 or Instagram @tholt14 .
March 26, 2021: Max Preps has released it's batting average rank of players. Great to see that so many SHB Students are at the top of the leaderboard! Keep attacking that strike zone guys!
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