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Van Diest chosen for national baseball program

Preston Van Diest, who will be a sophomore at Boulder City High School this fall, has been selected to join a national age-group baseball team that will compete as part of the acclaimed Baseball Factory.

Van Diest, was chosen after tryouts in June from among thousands of players nationwide. His first tournament will be the Sophomore Fall Classic on Oct. 1-5 in Peoria, Ariz.

He will be coached by former professional baseball players and play in front of Major League Baseball scouts.

“This is an honor to be selected to such a great team and I look forward to playing hard and becoming a better player,” Van Diest said. “It will be exciting to travel and play against national competition.”

Baseball Factory offers hand-on training to help players develop to their full potential, with an emphasis on helping them compete at the college baseball level.

Van Diest was a key player at several positions, including pitching, and with his hitting for the Eagles varsity team last spring as a freshman. The Eagles played deep into the Southern Region state playoffs before being eliminated.

This summer Van Diest was again a key player as the Eagles 16-under team reached the championship game of the Connie Mack Summer Baseball League. The 16-u team ended 22-4-1.

But fame has a price.

Van Diest will have to cover a portion of his travel expenses (transportation, food, lodging), which will amount to $3,000. He and his family, along with some teammates, will be holding a few local fundraisers to help raise the funds to make the trips possible.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I hope the community will pitch in and help Preston,” said his mother, Maria Van Diest, who works at the Boulder Dam Hotel downtown. “We will find a way.”

Misuraca named 3A coach of the year

Helping Boulder City High School girls track and field capture their first regional championship since 2011, head coach Mark Misuraca and his staff have been named 3A coach of the year.

Huxford brings home the hardware

Leading Boulder City High School to their fourth consecutive state championship, head coach Rachelle Huxford and her staff of Kurt Bailey and Chad Robinson were named coach of the year for the 3A classification.

More accolades for Lady Eagles softball team

After helping Boulder City High School softball reach the 3A state tournament, head coach Angelica Moorhead and her staff were named coach of the year for the 3A classification.

Lady Eagles recognized as honorable mentions

Following stellar high school seasons with Boulder City softball, sophomore Payton Rogers and junior Baylee Cook were both named honorable mention selections on the All-Southern Nevada team for their efforts.

More court accolades for Sorenson

Establishing himself as one of the state’s top players, senior boys volleyball star Brady Sorenson was named a first-team All-Southern Nevada selection, highlighting the state’s top players regardless of classification.

Lucky 7 swim to regional honors

Continuing Boulder City High School’s rich swimming tradition, seven athletes from the boys and girls teams were selected to the All-Southern Nevada team, highlighting the region’s top athletes regardless of classification.

Jenas-Keogh, golfers earn state award

A trio of Boulder City High School athletes were named to the All-Southern Nevada team in their respective sports, highlighting the region’s top athletes regardless of classification.

Render receives all-state nod

Helping Boulder City High School baseball reach the postseason, senior Derek Render was named to the 3A second-team all-state.

Lady Eagles clean up on diamond

Helping Boulder City High School softball reach the state tournament, 3A player of the year Payton Rogers highlighted the 3A All-State team featuring four Eagles.

Four Eagles named to all-state volleyball team

Boulder City High School boys volleyball was well represented on the 3A All-State team en route to their fourth consecutive state championship.