High School Buzz 

Baseball: Park Vista catcher opts for college over pros

  • 3:36 pm Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Adam Lichtenstein

Park Vista catcher Joe Genord will play baseball for South Florida instead of signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cobras coach Larry Greenstein said Friday.

The Dodgers selected Genord with the 582nd overall pick in the 19th round in the the June Amateur Draft. Friday is the last day drafted players can sign with a Major League team, with 5 p.m. being the final deadline.

Genord hit .282 with four home runs and a team-best 25 RBIs as a senior for Park Vista, which made the state tournament this past season.

Genord’s teammate, Austin Smith, was selected in the second round, 51st overall, by the [More]

Baseball: Nine area players on FACA All-State Team

  • 12:03 pm Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Matthew Mika

Nine area players representing five schools were named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-State Baseball team. [More]

FHSAA releases new baseball, softball classifications

  • 12:06 pm Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Adam Lichtenstein

The FHSAA released its final district classifications for several sports, including baseball and softball, Thursday.

The organization moved the largest schools in the area, with student populations of 2,407-4,492, from Class 8A to 9A. The new District 9-9A will consist of John I. Leonard, Jupiter, Palm Beach Central and Palm Beach Gardens, with Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Park Vista and Santaluces moving to District 10-9A.

Three schools, Seminole Ridge, Spanish River and Wellington, remain in Class 8A with new additions Forest Hill, Palm Beach Lakes and Royal Palm Beach.

Additional changes include Boynton Beach moving to 7A, Benjamin and Oxbridge Academy moving to Class [More]

Baseball: Boca’s Senger, Amditis; Santaluces’ Orrico; Benjamin’s Thomas; Trinity Christian’s Edwards named All-Americans

  • 10:37 am Thursday, July 16th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner

A pair of Boca Raton juniors and a trio of freshman from Santaluces, Benjamin and Trinity Christian Academy were honored as CBS MaxPreps All-Americans Thursday. [More]

Baseball: American Heritage SS Jonathan India named to MaxPreps All-American Team

  • 9:30 am Friday, July 10th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Jonathan India

American Heritage shortstop Jonathan India was named to the CBS MaxPreps Medium Schools All-American Baseball Second Team released Thursday. [More]

Baseball: Austin Smith, Triston McKenzie named to MaxPreps All-American Team

  • 11:14 am Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Austin Smith (left) and Triston McKenzie.

Their professional baseball careers already are underway, but Austin Smith and Triston McKenzie continue to be recognized for their high school achievements. [More]

Royal Palm Beach P Triston McKenzie signs with Cleveland Indians

  • 4:12 pm Monday, June 29th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Royal Palm Beach pitcher #Triston McKenzie throws against Benjam during the first inning at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter on April 13, 2015.  (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Triston McKenzie has made his decision.

The former Royal Palm Beach pitcher will forgo college baseball to play on the professional level. McKenzie signed with the Cleveland Indians for $2,302,500, according to MLB.com, which is currently the largest signing bonus for a right-handed high school pitcher this year. A source close to McKenzie confirmed the news. [More]

2015 MLB Draft: Which Palm Beach County high school players have signed to play pro baseball?

  • 2:38 pm Friday, June 19th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Austin Smith, a senior at Park Vista Community High School, throws a pitch during the Park Vista vs. Dwyer game at the West Boynton Recreation Center in Lake Worth on March 11, 2015.  (Brianna Soukup / Palm Beach Post)

With the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft in the past, it’s time for prospects to make a big decision that will change their futures.

Park Vista pitcher Austin Smith and Dwyer pitcher Tom Szapucki have already made their choices, opting to play professional baseball over playing on the college level. [More]

Baseball: Former PB Gardens teammates Smith, Schwarz face off in College World Series

  • 4:26 pm Monday, June 15th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Pavin Smith is hitting .312 for Virginia this season. (Post file photo)

Longtime Palm Beach Gardens baseball coach Joe Russo won’t pick a winner of tonight’s Florida vs. Virginia College World Series game in Omaha. [More]