Former Guyer catcher KJ Alexander rounds third base in a game back in 2009. Now, he’s fresh off a promotion to Double-A in the Yankees organization after completely bypassing Class-A ball. DRC File Photo
The day my story about Jacob Rhame’s recent promotion from High-A Rancho Cucamongo to Double-A Tulsa in the Los Angeles Dodgers system and the shorter it made his path to the big leagues ran on Saturday, I also got some other news on another former Guyer baseball standout making progress through the hierarchy of pro baseball.
Now Rhame’s former Guyer teammate KJ Alexander, aka Kevin Alexander, was promoted within the New York Yankees farm system, and it wasn’t the typical promotion.
The former Guyer star catcher, who went on to play for local powerhouse Dallas Baptist, had a pretty nice year in Rookie League last season with the Gulf Coast Yankees, hitting .304 with an .867 OPS, a homer and eight RBIs. He also walked 15 times to go with his 17 strikeouts.
But instead of starting the 2015 season back in the Rookie League, Alexander was called up, and not just to the logical next step of Class-A ball. Alexander got the call straight to Double-A Trenton, completely bypassing Class-A. He’s now on a roster loaded with some of the Yankees’ top prospects, and judging by the lofty promotion, he could be working his way into similar promise. Not bad at all for any prospect, especially not for an undrafted free agent signee.
Guyer’s Hannah Hodapp (3) connects against Burleson-Centennial in a playoff game last May at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth. David Minton/DRC
Any time a Guyer softball player can break an all-time school record held by Kylee Crosek, it’s a pretty big deal.
Crosek was the first softball star for Guyer in the fledgling years of the program as a four-year starter. By the time she was a senior, she helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the Class 4A state tournament in Austin. Simply put, Crosek holds just about every school record at Guyer. I once saw her intentionally walked to lead off a game. That tells you what you need to know.
But on Friday, Crosek is losing one of her school records, and she’ll be on hand to see it as a member of the junior varsity coaching staff while doing her student teaching at Guyer and helping out with softball.
That’s because Hannah Hodapp will set a new school record for career starts when she steps on the field to start for Guyer against Keller in a key District 5-6A game to determine first place in the district and start off the second round of district play.
Hodapp started as a freshman and has never left the starting lineup since. She entered Wednesday’s win against Ryan hitting .476 with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.119 OPS. She has a double, a triple and a homer to go with 13 RBIs and 16 runs in 12 games played. She has eight stolen bases and has been caught just once.
Hodapp, a West Texas A&M signee, will make her 111th career start, passing up Crosek’s mark of 110, which Hodapp tied on Wednesday night in a 10-0 win over Ryan. In that game, Hodapp went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base, also scoring on a passed ball at home.
If you’ve been on the Internet this week, there’s a strong chance a celebrity or somebody you know got treated to an ice bath and somebody recorded it as proof.
The ice dumping has been dubbed the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Somebody gets challenged to have a bucket of ice dumped on them within 24 hours of the challenge or donate money to the ALS Association or have a bucket of ice dumped on them. The ALS Association says it’s the only non-profit organization in the nation combating Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Tim Tadlock, one of Denton’s favorite baseball sons and Texas Tech’s head coach, stepped up to the plate and got soaked.
But don’t take my word for it.
Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards was recently featured on Sports Illustrated's website before the start of his junior year.
There’s this kid who played at Ryan a couple of years ago.
He racked up a bunch of sacks, terrorized teenage offensive lineman and the item of affection for college football programs around the nation.
His name is Mario Edwards. Maybe you’ve heard of him.
Well if you haven’t, here’s your chance.
Now we already knew this, but it’s worth mentioning again: Ian Sadler is one bad dude (“bad” means “good,” here).
The MLB trade deadline has passed, and Ryan grad Austin Jackson was one of the ones one the move.
Jackson was shipped from the Detroit Tigers to the Seattle Mariners as a pawn in a three-team trade that sent Tampa Bays Rays pitcher David Price to Detroit right before the 3 p.m. CST deadline. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade.
Former Guyer standout and current Oklahoma State junior quarterback J.W. Walsh spent time with Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight earlier this week.
It’s one thing to be friends with your rival. But when the two gentlemen in question are the respective quarterbacks at Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, it’s a different ballgame.
Former North Texas standout running back Patrick Cobbs will join the Ryan football coaching staff this fall.
One of North Texas’ greatest football players will be returning to Denton this fall.
Florida State junior defensive end Mario Edwards was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday afternoon by the Maxwell Football Club.
Former Ryan standout Mario Edwards Jr. was named to the Bednarik Award Watch List on Monday.