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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Say what?

The teams have been announced for the state high school all-star baseball games Friday and Saturday in Alexandria.

The rosters include a couple of Captain Shreve players (catcher Clint Ewing and pitcher Austin Ross), two Haughton players (Justin Ginn and Cody Causey), and a Benton player (Eldred Barnett).

But not Calvary players.

I realize the game is for seniors, but no Gip Hendrix? He hit 18 home runs. Granted, some may be in smaller parks and against weaker competition, but still Calvary played a respectable schedule.

It's surprising that Hendrix will be home this weekend.

24 Comments:

Blogger viking dad said...

What about Airline? The Vikes defeated Haughton 12-2 and went to the quarters! Gordey and Smith should be on that team. They both play select with Ross, Nicholson, Cryer, Tommy Lee, Bullosa and Causey!

6:11 PM  
Blogger wayne said...

This is nothing more than politics and sour grapes. The coaches who made the decision to leave Gip Hendrix, the Shreveport/Bossier All-City Player of the Year, the 1-1A All-District Player of the Year, and in all liklihood the 1A All-State Player of the Year off the All-Star team roster should hang their heads in shame! I notice that the coaches on the selection committee all managed to get two of their boys on the team. How many of them hit over .500 all season with 18 home runs, 20 doubles and 71 rbi's? How many of those pitchers had an 11-1 record with a 1.35 ERA? By using the All-Star game as their personal forum to ingratiate themselves with their administrators and their players' parents they have turned the whole process into a farce! They should go to the LHSCA's website and reread their Coaches' Code! If the LHSAA can't appoint coaches to the selection committee who are capable of putting their personal agendas aside and behaving ethically, then it should appoint a committee of sports writers to perform the duty.

6:33 PM  
Blogger LOGAN said...

GIP IS THE BEST IN SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER AND EVERYONE IS JUST MAD CUZ HE IS SO GOOD 18 HOME RUNS AHHHHH? YEA DEFANITLY SO GET OF MY BOY STONE COLD HITTA!!!!!

7:33 PM  
Blogger calvary and proud said...

Anyone who saw Gip Hendrix hit the ball this year knows he deserves to be in that all star game! I have seen him hit the ball farther than I have ever seen a high school player hit one!

9:30 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

This is exactly the kind of politics that pushes the talent out of public schools into the private school system. It just confirms that the decision to attend Calvary was the right one! Gip had a spectacular season at Calvary and it won't be diminished by his absence in the All Star tournament. If you have to leave talent at home so your chosen ones can shine, that’s a shame. You’ll never know how good you are if you continue to limit your competition.

9:36 PM  
Blogger timothy said...

this is ridiculous gip should definatley better than alot of the guys selected. eighteen homeruns is unheard of in one season. three of those eighteen came in one game!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Its a shame. A shame that good kids suffer at the hands of coaches with agendas. These coaches were on a committee and are supposed to represent ALL of our Shreveport/Bossier athletes. Calvary, Airline, Byrd, Parkway, Benton, Northwood, etc... Yet amazingly only kids from their schools were selected. This all-star game is comprised of 50 seniors from across the state and your telling me the Shreveport/Bossier Player of the Year doesn't get a look. Yea there's kids down south that play for Barbe and other big schools that play the same position as Gip Hendrix but 50 spots and he doesn't get a look even at Utility? We have two coaches on a five man committee and we got four kids from our area? and there's a 50 man roster? Good job Northwest Louisiana Reps!! You guys did a great job of promoting our kids! Gip I feel sorry for you man! Just think if you had only gone to Haughton or Shreve you would have gotten to play in this All-Star game and win a State Championship...wait nevermind you'd have only gotten to play in the all-star game.

10:00 PM  
Blogger timothy said...

sorry bout the spelling what i was trying to say was Gip is just as good if not better than alot of the guys selected

10:20 PM  
Blogger tanner#2 said...

yeayeyae...calvary won state and gip hit a bomb and go the win...not only did he get PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!! he won 12 other games for us

10:45 PM  
Blogger hunter said...

there is no reason why gip shouldn't be in this he got player of the year and he has shown that he can play in big games with a home run in the state game

10:51 AM  
Blogger AWALKER said...

I HAD NEVER SEEN GIP HENDRIX PLAY BEFORE THIS YEAR. I WATCHED HIM PLAY ALL 38 GAMES, SOME AGAINS THE BEST TEAMS IN LOUISIANA, EI: CAPTAIN SHREVE, BENTON, WEST MONROE, BEAUBRIDGE. I NEVER SAW A HITTER WITH MORE POWER THAN GIP. MOST OF HIS 18 HOME RUNS WENT OVER 400 FT. FOR A PLAYER WITH GIP'S STATISTICS AND BASEBALL HONORS TO NOT BE SELECTED TO THE LHSAA ALL-STAR GAME IS A FARCE, AND THE SELECTION COMMITTEE SHOULD BE ASHAMED. SINCE THE SELECTION PROCEDURE IN PLACE ALLOWS THE EXCLUSION OF A PLAYER THAT HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO PLAY WITH THE BEST PLAYERS IN LOUISIANA, THEN LHSAA SHOULD HAVE SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY THAT CAN APPOINT THAT PLAYER TO THE TEAM.

10:53 AM  
Blogger CavBaseballDad said...

How can a player like Hendrix not make the team. If Ross, the "Pitcher of the Year" makes it then how come Hendrix the "Player of the Year" doesn't. It comes down to politics. We beat Northwood,Byrd,Benton and gave Shreve a run for there money. We contacted Haughton and Airline but they didn't want to have anything to do with playing us. Maybe they should have and they would have put the right kid on the team. Its all about politics.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I want to say that Gip is the Player of the Year and deserves to be on the All-Star team because he hit 18 homeruns that went over 400 ft. and he is a spectacular pitcher with an 11-1 record with a 1.35 ERA. He deserves to be on the All-Star team because he is an All-Star in my eyes. And deserves alot of respect. And he is a true champion!

3:27 PM  
Blogger dylan said...

18 homers and player of the year speaks for itself Gip should definitly have made this team.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jake said...

There is no reason that Gip Hendrix should not be playing in this game. The guy hits 18 homeruns not to mention his 71 rbi's while hitting above .500 the whole year! This is just narrow-minded coaches trying to get good rep. for their own players. They should be wanting our area of the state to be represented by the best (Hendrix) and not be trying to promote their own players. This says a lot about those men on the committee. Gip you deserve to be on this team and it's too bad that people choose to ignore your talent because you don't go to their school or because you go to a Christian school.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Gip is a really good baseball player and should have been picked to play for the All-Star team. I guess they just did not want good players on the team or they would have picked Gip or maybe he was not picked because he attends a private/christian school. It seems that alot of people have something against kids that want to be the best and go to one of the best schools. Everyone should just quit cutting these kids down and let them enjoy their big win because they worked hard and deserved to win. I am a proud mother of a junior student at Calvary and support these kids 100% for their win.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I have been to all Calvary's games and the guys on the team are spectacular and will be playing next year but Gip graduated and will not be playing anymore next year so I hope someone has a warm enough heart to let him play on the All-Star team. He deserves it because he is a superb pitcher and a powerful hitter. He proved it at every game. Gip is a true baseball player and a true champion for Jesus. I pray that everyone will see it. Please give him one more chance to play. For his teammates, family members and most importantly - His fans! Give him a chance.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Tater said...

This is stupid. Gip is way better than anybody on the list. wayne's right cuz if our coaches could pick who was on there they would pick the best not just our guys. But Gip would still get on it. theyre just mad that we beat 'em all! I just hope that the people doing this are happy cuz the game wont be the same without him

7:56 PM  
Blogger Ed Hearron said...

Supt. of Calvary
I spent 39 great years in the public school system and it was very good to me. I also was good to my called profession.Ithought that I knew the political arena and how it worked. I must tell you I have seen some super deals cut late at night from school board decisions. But to do what this committee just did to the Player of the Year,and won every other honor you could win including the state championship in 1A Basball, I call you out and I tell you exactly what has happen. The reputation that I had for being honest, fair,and trustworthy to the students in Caddo has been violated. Gip didn't make the All-Star team because he played for CBAcademy. I have fought hard for the last four years to uphold every rule set forth by the LHSAA, and will continue to do so, but committee members I call you out and you tell me, if he were on a public school team he would have been on that All-Star Roster. Youhave not hurt CBA, but one of the best high school baseball players in the state this year in any class and he should be on that roster with those other fine athletes. Politics, no its not that. A young man has been discrimmated against because he played for a non-public school that won too fast, and whether you believe it or not we did it straight by the rules set forth in the guidelines of the constitution of the LHSAA. Be mad at CBA, but how low it must be to take it out on such a player as Gip Hendrix because he attended CBA. 10:30 PM
(I apologize to anyone I may have offended).

10:41 PM  
Blogger Chance said...

To exclude Gip from this game is an outrage! Gip was The State MVP, The City/Area MVP, and The District 1-1A MVP, come on people....Gip had a brilliant .492 batting average, hit 18 Home Runs, and had 71 RBI's. those sound like Louisiana All-Star numbers to me, and sound a little like All-American numbers if you ask anyone that knows baseball. Gip was the heart and soul of this team along with the other 3 seniors(Chris vuelmen, Jeff Witte, and Derek Blankenship.), I am also upset that Derek Blankenship was not mentioned as an All-Star, who you say is not good enough for your team, but was named Under Armour All-American his junior season. calvary does not get the respect it deserves in sports, Football 11-2 quarterfinalists, Soccer Boys and Girls District Champs, and of course Baseball in their first two seasons have gone 28-0 in district play, and were the 2006 State Runner-up, and The 2007 State Champions! Give us what we deserve! GO CAVS!

3:08 AM  
Blogger Chance said...

The coaches need to stop playin Father-Son ball and pickin their less talented kids over All-Stars like Hendrix and Blankenship! These coaches are pickin their boys who don't even deserve to play with or againest amazing players like these 2 cavs!

3:13 AM  
Blogger WARD said...

I HAVE BEEN ON ALL STAR SELECTION COMMITTEES. SOMETIMES POLITICS DOES COME INTO PLAY ON MARGINAL PLAYERS,BUT GIP IS NOT A MARGINAL PLAYER. HIS STATS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. FOR HIM NOT TO BE CHOSEN IS A TRAVESTY. THE SELECTION COMMITTEE NEEDS TO TAKE A LONG HARD LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND ASK THEMSELVES IF WHAT THEY DID WAS RIGHT AND IF THEY CAN SLEEP COMFORTABLY AT NIGHT AFTER LEAVING ONE OF THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PLYERS IN THE COUNTRY OFF THE LHSAA ALL-STAR ROSTER.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Zach said...

Has this kid signed with anyone to play D1 ball? Just curious

10:40 AM  
Blogger wayne said...

To answer Zach, Gip has offers from several D1 junior colleges, which is where most of the best baseball players go since this allows them continued MLB draft eligibility and a means to largely avoid the possibility of having to redshirt as a freshman. Players at four-year institutions can't be drafted by professional clubs until after their junior season or their 21st birthday, whichever comes first. On the other hand, ballplayers at junior colleges can be drafted after their freshman and sophomore years. Jucos also have more athletic scholarships available; Title IX has caused the NCAA to limit baseball scholarships at the D1 level to 11.7, while NJCAA D-1 schools are permitted 24 full baseball scholarships. Many coaches at NCAA D1 schools use area jucos as farm programs, placing freshman there for a couple of years to develop before bringing them in for their junior and senior seasons. He's currently visiting campuses to find the program that fits him best. In addition, several D1 senior colleges are talking to Gip, and no doubt some of them will make him an offer following the MLB draft on June 7-8 when they know which of their players are coming back next year and how much scholarship money they have available.
The bottom line though, is that it's completely absurd to have an all-star game this weekend in Alexandria without inviting Gip Hendrix! His numbers speak for themselves, and if the LHSAA, the LHSCA and the LBCA have any spine, any shred of character, they'll write him a formal letter of apology! His exclusion was motivated by sheer jealousy and spite; and the coaches on the selection committee should have to look Gip in the eye and explain to him why they don't consider him one of the fifty best senior baseball players in Louisiana!

4:23 PM  

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