Severna Park's Kody Milton, the Capital Gazette Communications Player of the Year, has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 29. The game brings together the top 40 high school players in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The game, in its 10th year, will be broadcast on MLB Network.
Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts and will compete in an American vs. National team matchup. The All-America Baseball Game caps off a four-day, comprehensive baseball experience staffed by some of the game's very best players and coaches, including a formal workout in front of Major League Baseball scouts and a home run derby. Since the game's inception in 2008, 284 of the 323 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game have been selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 83 first round picks.
Milton, the only player from Maryland who will play in the game, led the county in several offensive categories, including a .580 batting average, 11 doubles, six home runs and 32 RBIs. He added two triples and scored 35 runs for the Falcons, who won county and region titles before falling to Howard in the state semifinals. He has committed to play at the University of Maryland.
FIELD HOCKEY JUNIOR OLYMPICS: Five county field hockey players have been selected to play in the 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games, which will take place in Beverly Hills, Michigan from July 31 to Aug. 3. Rachel Fleig (Chesapeake), Eve Vickery (Chesapeake), Margot Lawn (Archbishop Spalding) Mikayla Borneman (Arundel) and Rebecca Lawn (Pasadena resident) were selected following an evaluation at the Citi National Futures Championship in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in June.
POWER YOUR SCHOOL: Now through the end of September, Powerade is inviting young athletes and their supporters to submit written or video essays that demonstrate their schools' needs — from weight lifting equipment to new uniforms — for the chance to earn a share of $1 million through the Power Your School program. A total of 500 schools will be awarded with a share of the $1 million in funding.
To get involved in the Power Your School program, participants can visit Powerade.com and submit written or video essays that detail their schools' needs. Contest entries will be judged based on school need, creativity and quality of submission.
Contest entries must be submitted no later than midnight on Sept. 30. Each entrant is limited to one submission per day. For a complete list of contest rules, visit Powerade.com. No purchase necessary.
DESTINATIONS: Broadneck's Noelani Herrera has verbally committed to continue her softball career at UMBC. The second-team All-County selection hit .400 with a double, drove in 15 runs, scored 17 runs and stole seven bases last year. She split between shortstop and left field and posted a .930 fielding percentage.
Chesapeake's Rachel Fleig, a rising junior who's been a first-team All-County selection the last two years, will continue her field hockey career at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Fleig scored 21 goals and assisted on 16 others last year and helped the Cougars win the Class 3A state title.