January 16, 2007

Western Wildcats Sign 17 Players for Next Year's Team

Western Nevada Community College is welcoming 17 high school baseball standouts from Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho and Arizona to play on next year's Wildcats baseball team. The seniors signed letters of intent today to play at Western in 2007-08. WNCC competes in the Scenic West Conference, which includes teams from Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Colorado. The new players include:

Brooks Greenlee - Carson High School. 5'7", 165 lbs. Right-handed catcher. Greenlee was named all-league second team in 2006. In league, he hit .473 with 24 runs scored, three home runs, 18 RBI, six doubles, two triples, a .818 slugging percentage, and a .542 on base percentage.

Nate Whalin - Douglas High School. 6'4", 215 lbs. Right-handed outfielder. Whalin is a Millennium Scholar who earned 2006 first-team All-Sierra League outfield honors. His four homers and 22 RBI placed him among the league's top five. He hit .330 with a .617 slugging percentage, and also had a 4-4 record on the mound.

Steve Yarrow - South Tahoe High School. 6'3", 195 lbs. Infielder. Yarrow is a four-year baseball letterman who earned 2005 and 2006 first-team All-Sierra League infielder honors.

Chad Claus - Sierra Vista High School, Las Vegas. 5'9", 195 lbs. Right-handed catcher. Claus is a Millennium Scholar and a three-year varsity player. He possesses a compact hitting stroke and a quick release.

James Crockett - Rancho High School, Las Vegas. 6'2", 195 lbs. Left-handed pitcher. As a junior pitcher, he led his high school team in innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins.

Travis Feiner - Cimarron-Memorial High School, Las Vegas. 5'9", 170 lbs. Right-handed infielder. Feiner is a Millennium Scholar and a three-year varsity starter who was chosen for the 2006 Vegas Scout Team.

Mike Long - Boulder City High School, Boulder City. 6'0" 175 lbs. Left-handed outfielder. Long helped BCHS win a 2006 AAA Nevada State Baseball Championship. He also earned 2006 first team all-state honors. He is a Millennium Scholar who was also a member of the varsity basketball team.

Matt Klein - Sierra Vista High School, Las Vegas. 5'10", 170 lbs. Left-handed pitcher. Klein is a three-year varsity player. In 2006, he had a 3-1 record, a team-leading 1.37 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.

Lance Ray - Sierra Vista High School, Las Vegas. 6'0", 170 lbs. Left-handed first baseman. Ray is a Millennium Scholar and a two-year varsity letterman. His 2006 batting average of .357 was the highest for all returning SVHS players. Last season, he also recorded 15 walks to seven strikeouts.

Josh Moody - O'Connor High School, Phoenix, Ariz. 6'3", 175 lbs. Left-handed pitcher. Moody is a four-year letterman who helped build the O'Connor baseball program from scratch. He led his high school team in 2006 with 71.1 innings pitched, eight wins, and a 2.55 ERA. He also led the AAAAA Northwest Conference with 73 strikeouts.

James Nygren - Henley High School, Klamath Falls, Ore. 6'2", 170 lbs. Right-handed pitcher. Nygren earned 2006 Skyline Conference Player of the Year honors and was second-team All-State Utility. He played left field and pitched for the 2005 AAA High School Baseball State Champions.

Logan Odom - North Medford High School, Central Point, Ore. 6'5", 210 lbs. Outfielder. Odom earned 2006 first-team All-Southern Oregon Conference honors. In 2006, he was a member of the AA American Legion Medford Mustangs. Baseball Northwest rates him the No. 32 player in Oregon's class of 2007.

Kelly Shannon - Henley High School, Klamath Falls, Ore. 5'9", 165 lbs. Outfielder. Shannon earned 2006 first team all-state and first team All-Skyline Conference honors. He batted leadoff for the 2005 AAA High School Baseball State Champions.

Kyle Starratt - Mountain View High School, Boise, Idaho. 6'0", 185 lbs. Right-handed pitcher. Starratt was a four-year letterman, a four-year AA Baseball American Legion member, and a 2006 first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference pitcher. Baseball Northwest rates him the No. 26 player in Idaho/Montana's Class of 2007.

Boomer Godsill - Middleton High School, Boise, Idaho. 5'9", 165 lbs. Right-handed infielder. Baseball Northwest rated him the No. 20 class of 2007 prospect in Idaho and Montana.

Marshall Kennebrew - Green Valley High School, Henderson. 6'2", 210 lbs. Right-handed outfielder. Kennebrew is a two-year varsity letterman. He led his team in average, home runs, RBI, and walks.

Brett Moravec - Boulder City High School, Boulder City. 5'10", 165 lbs. Right-handed infielder/pitcher. Moravec helped BCHS win the 2006 AAA Nevada State Baseball Championship. He earned 2006 first-team All-State honors. He is a Millennium Scholar who was the winning pitcher in the 2006 State Championship game.

Head Coach D.J. Whittemore is enthusiastic about his new recruiting class. "Kevin Edwards, our assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, did an excellent job putting this group of players together. We're very excited and hope they can continue the winning tradition we developed last year. We have a lot of holes to fill because so much of this year's team is sophomore-dominated. We will be looking for quite a few of these players to step in and become starters right away. They are an outstanding group of baseball players."

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