2018 Sports in Kansas 3A All-State Baseball Team

Gabe Garber (Sabetha), Micah Grover (Cheney) & Jace Kaminska (Caney Valley) take home top 3A honors.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jun 11, 2018

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Sports in Kansas has released its 2018 All-State Baseball Team. Selections were finalized by Chet Kuplen of Sports in Kansas with input from several media outlets in Kansas. Input was taken from coaches and athletic director nomination forms sent in to Sports in Kansas following the 2018 season, not prior. This is not the Coaches Association Team, this is from Sports in Kansas only. They also have an all-state team voted on by member coaches prior to the state tournaments. 

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Sports in Kansas 3A Baseball Co-Player of the Year

Gabe Garber, Sabetha, Soph.

Garber helped the Bluejays to the 3A state title as a sophomore outfielder with a .552 average with 48 hits, just six off the single season state record. He also scored 40 times, had 34 RBI. In addition to Sports in Kansas 3A Player of the Year and 3A All-State he was also 1st Team All Big 7 as a sophomore this spring. Garber was lights out in the state tournament going 8-of-11 with nine RBI. Garber also sealed the deal this fall for the football team as he picked off a Marysville pass on the one-yard line in the state championship, giving the Bluejays their first state football title since 1997. Look for a bright future for the Sabetha sophomore in multiple sports over the next two seasons.

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The entire Sabetha community is proud of our 3A State Champion Bluejay Baseball Team and Gabe Garber on being named the Kansas 3A Baseball Player of the Year from Sports in Kansas. It is an honor for Community National Bank to help sponsor such a fine young man and very gifted athlete. Congratulations G$!

Congrats to Sabetha High School on the 2018 3A State Title and to Gabe Garber on being named the 2018 3A Player of the Year from Sports in Kansas from SBS Insurance Agency. SBS Insurance Agency is a proud supporter of Sabetha Bluejay baseball!

Congrats to Gabe Garber, on being voted Player of the Year, and all the Sabetha Bluejays on their amazing year in athletics! We are very proud of all your accomplishments and hard work. Keep it up and go Bluejays! Keim, TS, Inc. is proud to support Sabetha High School Athletics! Keim TS - Over 60 Years of Trucking. We Make It Happen. Visit us online at keimts.com

Micah Grover, Cheney, Sr.

Grover was one of the top 3A multiple sport athletes in the state this season, also earning all state honors as a quarterback in football this past fall. Grover hit .514 with 42 RBI while only striking out three times all season in leading his team to the 3A state tournament. Cheney (20-4) lost in the first round to Marion. It’s only the third year of the program and Grover is a big reason why the Cards have put this program on the map in recent time.

Sports in Kansas 3A Pitcher of the Year

Jace Kaminska, Caney Valley, Soph.

Kaminska was as dominating as anyone on the mound this season as he struck out 82 batters in 35.1 IP while only allowing two earned runs on the way to a 5-0 record (0.40 ERA) for the Bullpups. Only four runs scored in his 35.1 innings on the mound, two of which were unearned. He was equally as good as a hitter as he hit .467 with 25 RBI, 14 doubles two homers and had 10 stolen bases. Kaminska is one of the rising young players in Kansas as he has two full seasons left to play high school baseball at Caney Valley where he plays for his father, Mike. Kaminska was also a Perfect Game Honorable Mention Underclass All-American this season.

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Proud of You Jace! Love You – All the Kaminska Family

Sports in Kansas 3A Coach of the Year

Aaron Frey, Sabetha

Frey led Sabetha to the 3A state baseball title with a 23-3 record on the season. The Bluejays knocked off Cherokee-Southeast, 12-4, in the opening round before defeating Marion, 9-4, in the semis, then went on to capture the 3A title over TMP, 10-5, all at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan. It was quite the year in Sabetha as the football team won the 3A state title last November, while the golf and baseball teams also captured state titles this May.

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Rainbow Communications would like to congratulate the Bluejays on an outstanding season in 2018.

Sports in Kansas 3A All-State Baseball

First Team

P- Jace Kaminska, Caney Valley Soph.

P- C.J. Peacock, Southeast-Cherokee Jr.

P- Brayden Becker, Sabetha Sr.

P-Cale Adams, Silver Lake Sr.

P-Dalton Engle, Riley County Sr.

C- Jerad Miller, Oskaloosa Sr.

C- Dawson Shalberg, Lakin Sr.

IF-Ty Nelson, Riley County Sr.

IF-Aaron Mosher, Wellsville Sr.

IF- Micah Grover, Cheney Sr.  

IF- Austin Gerety, Nemaha Central Sr.

IF-Hunter Reed, Osklaoosa Sr.

IF- Corbin Wheeler, Marion Sr.

OF-Tyler Halstead, Riley County Sr.

OF- Gabe Garber, Sabetha Soph.

OF-Blake Frey, Sabetha Sr.

OF- Cameron Cox, Hesston Jr.

OF- Zach Vance, Wellsville Jr.

OF- Cole Srajer, Marion Sr.

Util- Dawson Winter, Cheney Jr.

DH- Dagen Goodner, Humboldt Jr.

Second Team

P- Tyler Gum, Riverton Sr.

P-Jeff Ebeck, Wellsville Jr.

P-Chase Werth, TMP Sr.

P-Ty Salas, Council Grove Sr.

P- Jared Shufflebarger, Oskaloosa Sr.

C- Branden Brownlee, Sabetha Sr.

C- Drake Whealy, Chaparral Jr.

IF-Tate Garcia, TMP Sr.

IF- Zach Hart, Colby Sr.

IF- Tanner Shalkoski, Wellsville Jr.

IF- Josh Boyd, Silver Lake Sr.

IF- Joseph Gruber, Sabetha Jr.

IF- Tejay Cleland, NE-Arma Jr.

OF- Dawson Donovan, Wellsville Sr.

OF – Trent Scheer, Cheney Sr.

OF- Trent Byers, Silver Lake Sr.

Util- Cade Clark, Mission Valley

DH- Garrett Harmison, Riley County

Honorable Mention

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James Henkle – Haven, Evan Peter – Goodland, Riley Herrman – Sabetha, Seth Burdick – Sabetha, Tyson Chizek – Council Grove, Gage Kirby – Riverton, Tanner Craddock – Southeast Cherokee, Noe Gauna – Nemaha Central, Nick Allen – Riley County, Luke Lanning – Marion, Kobe Channel – Wellsville, Trevor Moore – Mission Valley, Jacob Ziegenhirt- Council Grove, Chase Stringer – Marion, Josh Grynkiewicz – Riley County, Sam Zinn – Marion, Jacob Woodburn – Eureka, , Brennan Lowe – Eureka, Mitchel Flanagan – St. Mary’s, Brody White – Jayhawk Linn, Kauy Kuhn – Cheney, Jarett Shelton – Chaparral, Wyatt Seufert – Humboldt, Dawson Reeve – Wellsville, Weston Litrrell – Osage City, Jared Thibault – Maur Hill, Braden Lowe – Eureka, Brady Kreutzer – TMP, Kayden Christansen – Lakin, Adam Gottschalk – TMP, Richards Luke – Wellsville, Diego Davila – Lakin, Kash Parmes – Eureka, Grant Tillberg – SE Saline, Conor Haviland – Humboldt, Wyatt Green – Osage City, Neal Bever - Sedgwick, Hooper Schroeder - Sedgwick, Kale Schroeder - Sedgwick, Nolan Crumrine - Sedgwick, Roger Morton - Sedgwick, Brayden Francis - Sedgwick, Andrew Hoffsummer - Sedgwick, Colton Smith - Sedgwick, Heath Knopp – Osage City, Parker Mispagel – Maur Hill, Kyler Berry – SE Saline, Caleb Stover – Belle Plaine, Cody Dyche – Rossville, Hunter Kirby – Lakin, Tim Bible – Belle Plaine, Matt Cashero – NE Arma, Hunter White – SE Saline, David Schulte – Halstead, Lucas Hatfield – Oskaloosa, Brance Ware – Jayhawk Linn,  Chase Stringer – Marion, Hunter Pavlish – Hiawatha, Gage Traylor – Cherryvale, Kevin Herman – Scott City, Cole Zimmerman – TMP, Cooper Jaro – Humboldt, Jeff Ebeck – Wellsville, Cole Ellis – Caney Valley, Jake Ellis – Caney Valley, Cade Addis – Cherryvale, Jacob Lindstrom – Silver Lake, Blaine Pattin – Perry Lecompton, Sam Kuenzi – Perry Lecompton, Konner Walker – Pleasant Ridge, Colten Kocour – Maur Hill, Cole Blanke – Pleasant Ridge, Bryce Johnson – Riverton, Gage Kirby – Riverton, Cody McDonald – Riverton