Posted: 5:03 pm Friday, May 27th, 2011
By Matt Porter
The county’s best seniors will play Saturday, June 4 at Roger Dean Stadium in the 22nd annual Dick Howser High School All-Star Game.
Potential future stars like Florida signees Michael Kelly (West Boca Raton), Kyle Smith (Santaluces) and Ryan Harris (Jupiter) headline a roster that includes talent from all corners of the county. Every player on the North and South squads will cap their high school career with a big-league experience.
“Whether this is the last time they will ever put on a uniform or are headed for college or professional careers, playing with a big league uniform on their back in this All Star game is a great experience,” said Bill Pruit, Roger Dean Stadium’s advisory board chairman.
Not only will the players get to play on a professional field, they’ll wear uniforms donated from the clubs that call Roger Dean Stadium home. North squad players will don Florida Marlins uniforms and Jupiter Hammerheads caps, while the South team will wear St. Louis Cardinals uniforms and Palm Beach Cardinals hats.
Before they take batting and infield practice, they’ll see those uniforms hanging in their personalized locker stalls as clubhouse attendants attend to them. Chick-fil-A donated a clubhouse spread for the players and coaches.
“It’s as close as we can get them to a pro experience without ruining their [amateur] eligibility,” Pruitt joked.
Attracting college and pro scouts is the real point of the event, Pruitt said. A showcase batting order will be in effect, with every player batting. The game will last three hours or ten innings, whichever comes first. Tickets will be good for the Palm Beach Cardinals vs. St. Lucie Mets Florida State League game that begins at 6:35 p.m.
Rosters were selected by head coaches of area high schools. Coaches could nominate seniors from their own teams, but could not vote for them.
“The coaches take it seriously, which I love to see,” Pruitt said. “They come and fight for their guys.”
What: 24th annual 2011 Dick Howser High School All Star Game
Where/When: Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, 2:00 p.m. June 4
Tickets: $8.50 adult, $6 senior. Admission includes Palm Beach Cardinals vs. St. Lucie Mets Florida State League game to follow.
Who: The top seniors in Palm Beach County, split into North and South teams.
Why: Showcase game named for Dick Howser, former major league player and manager who grew up in West Palm Beach, graduated from Palm Beach High and played at Florida State.
ROSTERS FOR 2011 DICK HOWSER HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR GAME
P – T.J. Farjad, Seminole Ridge
P – J.D. Underwood, Palm Beach Gardens
P – Ryan Harris, Jupiter
P – Calvin Greener, Jupiter
P – Jack English, Cardinal Newman*
P – Andrew Istler, Wellington
P – Clint Knoblauch, Wellington
P – Robbie Pettet, Wellington Christian
C/3B – Tyler LeCroy, Glades Day
C/3B – Shane Osborn, Cardinal Newman
C – Jon Corbitt, Jupiter
C – Ryan Gillespie, Dwyer**
C – Alex Tannone, Wellington
2B/P – Brad Borosak, Dwyer
SS – Matt Adamowicz, Dwyer
SS – Tommy Williams, Palm Beach Gardens*
3B/P – Tim Jeffrey, Palm Beach Gardens
3B/1B – Josh Stewart, Lake Worth
IF – Mitch Morales, Wellington
IF – J.J. Salazar, Seminole Ridge*
OF – Mike Roy, Seminole Ridge
OF – Maxx Smith, Palm Beach Gardens
OF – Nick Karmeris, Palm Beach Gardens
OF – J.J. Crespo, Jupiter
OF – Tommy Kirchner, Wellington
Alternates: Kyle Callaway, Wellington; Matt Leber, King’s Academy; Phil Lewis, Cardinal Newman; Andrew Maniotis, Cardinal Newman; Kenny Miranda, Seminole Ridge; Kyle Petitgout, Lake Worth; J.T. Trujilio, Palm Beach Gardens
Head coach: Frank Torre, Dwyer
Assistants: Scott Riddle, Wellington; Clint Kovach, Lake Worth
P – Michael Kelly, West Boca Raton
P – Kyle Smith, Santaluces
P – Billy Strode, American Heritage
P – Devin Vargo, John I. Leonard
P – Ryan Pistey, Park Vista
P – Mitch Blakeney, Palm Beach Central
P – Christian Benhart, Royal Palm Beach
P – Hector Rojas, Boca Raton
C – Ryan Church, Santaluces
C – J.C. Coban, Boca Raton
C – Jacob O’Keefe, American Heritage
1B – Mike Tallet, Boca Raton
1B – Justin Bryant, Royal Palm Beach
3B – Dario Gonzalez, John I. Leonard
SS/2B – David Vandercook, West Boca Raton
SS/2B – Mikey Cohen, Santaluces
SS/2B – Joey Stark, Palm Beach Central
SS/2B – Trea Turner, Park Vista
OF – Todd Vandercook, West Boca Raton
OF – Brandon Crawford, Santlauces
OF – Constantine Gavrilos, Boca Raton Christian
OF – Dominic Jose, Boca Raton
Alternates: Juan Barrera, John I. Leonard; Chris England, Spanish River; Andrew Flint, Boca Raton; Alex Leighton, American Heritage; Jimmy Leo, Spanish River; Dan Stoops, St. Andrew’s; Tim Stoops, St. Andrew’s
Head coach: Carm Mazza, American Heritage
Assistants: Nick Siano, West Boca Raton; Bill Harper, Boca Raton Christian
*Unable to play
**Alternate, will play