weather icon Mostly Clear

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.”

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Lady Eagles move ahead

Looking like a team capable of winning it all, Boulder City High School flag football defeated Eldorado 48-12 on Feb. 13.

Eagles dominate in first-round playoff win

Boulder City High School boys basketball opened postseason play with a bang on Feb. 12, cruising past rival Virgin Valley 72-45.

Eagles finish regular season with 18 wins

Finishing the week with a 1-1 slate, Boulder City High School boys basketball picked up a much-needed victory over Coral Academy on Feb. 6.

Lady Eagles’ basketball season comes to an end

Boulder City High School girls basketball finished their season on Jan. 6 with a 57-21 defeat to Coral Academy, falling to 11-12 on the season.

Wrestlers end regular season on high note

Putting on a clinic in their final regular-season match, Boulder City High School wrestling dominated Clark on Jan. 30.

Lucky 13 for flag football squad

Remaining a perfect 13-0, Boulder City High School flag football defeated Eldorado on Jan. 26.

Lady Eagles get back above .500 with win

Advancing to 10-9 on the season, Boulder City High School girls basketball defeated The Meadows 43-39 on Jan. 26.

Boys hoops win fifth straight

Riding a five-game winning streak, Boulder City High School boys basketball advanced to 17-3 on the season, after an 80-34 defeat of Doral Academy on Jan. 30.

Eagles pull off come-from-behind win

Extending their winning streak to four games, Boulder City High School boys basketball battled from behind on Jan. 22 to defeat SLAM Academy in a 53-52 thriller.

Lady Eagles start win streak

Boulder City High School girls basketball finally got in the win column in league play, rattling off two consecutive victories.