Athletes to Watch in 2004-05

SchoolSports gives you the lowdown on 16 athletes to watch in 2004-05, including baseball, track, soccer and more.


Justin Upton
Baseball
Great Bridge High (Va.)
Class of 2005
Upton's older brother, B.J., was the No. 2 pick in the 2002 MLB Draft by Tampa Bay and is now considered the top prospect in all of minor league baseball. Amazingly, Justin, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder who is the early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, could be even better than his brother. The younger Upton, who can hit for average and power, plays shortstop in high school, but many scouts project him as a center fielder.


Austin Jackson
Baseball
Denton Ryan High (Texas)
Class of 2005
Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound outfielder, has been in the national spotlight since Baseball America rated him the best 12-year-old in the country in 1999. And he hasn't slowed down since. He hit .440 with 24 RBI and 28 runs during the regular season this spring and is projected as a first-round pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Jackson is also a blue-chip hoop recruit who averaged 22.5 points per game as a junior.


Matt Dominguez
Baseball
Chatsworth High (Calif.)
Class of 2007
As if starting for nationally ranked Chatsworth as a freshman wasn't enough, Dominguez was also the Chancellors' cleanup hitter this spring. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound third baseman, whose older brother, Jason, was one of the top prospects in the Class of 2004, helped lead Chatsworth to a 31-0 record during the regular season by hitting .475 and driving in 61 runs to set a single-season school record for RBI. Matt also hit seven home runs and could eventually challenge Jason's school record of 26 career homers.


Brittany Weil
Softball
Pacifica High (Calif.)
Class of 2005
Weil, the daughter of Pacifica head coach Rob Weil, first established herself as a dominant force when she recorded a 28-2 record and a 0.32 ERA as a sophomore. But proving she still had room for improvement, the superstar hurler followed that up this spring with a 22-2 mark, a 0.19 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 149 innings during the regular season, leading nationally ranked Pacifica to a 26-2 record.


Marissa Coleman
Girls' Basketball
St. John's (D.C.)
Class of 2005
Coleman, a 6-foot-1 forward, is one of the elite girls' basketball recruits in the country. The Parade All-American averaged 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a junior to lead St. John's to a spot in the city title game. Coleman, who has committed to the University of Maryland, proved she's capable of coming up big when it matters most, scoring 20 points in a huge upset of then-national No. 1 Bishop McNamara High (Md.) in the playoffs.


Courtney Paris
Girls' Basketball
Piedmont High (Calif.)
Class of 2005
Paris, a 6-foot-4 center, is the premier girls' hoop player in the Class of 2005. As a junior, the dominant inside force averaged 27 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks per game, leading Piedmont to the Division IV state title with 37 points and 18 rebounds in the finals. Her twin sister, 6-foot-3 forward Ashley, averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season and is also one of the nation's top 10 players.


Kiki Willis
Boys' Soccer
Cardinal Mooney High (Ohio)
Class of 2005
Heading into his senior year, Willis is already a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American who earned his first Parade All-American selection this year. The talented forward, who led Cardinal Mooney to the Division II regional finals last fall, possesses a combination of athletic ability, quickness and intelligence that makes him one of the nation's top young soccer players. He's so good, in fact, that several European clubs have reportedly invited him to play for them.


Kelly Quinn
Girls' Soccer
Dublin Coffman High (Ohio)
Class of 2005
Quinn made this list last year and backed up that selection with an even better junior season. Among the accolades Quinn collected this past year, she earned Gatorade State Player of the Year and NSCAA/adidas All-American honors for the second consecutive season, and she was also named a Parade All-American. Quinn, whose older brother, Brady, is the starting quarterback at Notre Dame, led Dublin Coffman to the Division I state title last fall.


Alexandria Anderson
Girls' Track
Morgan Park High (Ill.)
Class of 2005
May 22, 2004 should be designated Alexandria Anderson Day in Illinois. That's the day Anderson did what no other Class AA athlete in state history had ever done — win four individual gold medals at the state track meet — when she took first in the 100 (11.41), 200 (24.11), 400 (53.13) and long jump (19 feet, 11 inches). Her time in the 400 meters was the best in the nation this spring, while her performances in the 100 and long jump were in the national top 10.


Nicole Leach
Girls' Track
West Catholic High (Pa.)
Class of 2005
It's hard to figure out where to start with a runner as talented as Leach. In February, she won four state titles — in the 200, 400, 4x200 and 4x400 — at the Pennsylvania indoor state meet. In March, she won the 400 at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships with a time of 52.19, a national junior-class record. And in April, she won the 400 (53.58) at the Arcadia Invitational and the 400 hurdles (57.84) at the Penn Relays, both of which were national top-five times this spring.


Shana Woods
Girls' Track
Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
Class of 2006
Long Beach Poly is annually home to some of the nation's best track athletes, and Woods appears primed to keep that tradition alive the next two years. As a sophomore this year, she set a national record in winning the pentathlon (3,846 points) at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships. Further displaying her all-around ability, Woods recorded elite national performances in the 100-meter dash, 300 hurdles and long jump this spring.


Devon Williams
Girls' Track
Towson Catholic High (Md.)
Class of 2007
What Williams accomplished this past indoor track season would be remarkable for anyone. The fact she did it as a freshman is simply mind-boggling. This winter, Williams broke the national high school record in the 500 meters (1:11.53), set national freshman-class records in the 600 (1:30.22) and 1,000 (2:52.84), and ran the country's top indoor times in the 500, 600 and 800 (2:06.48). Equally amazing is that Williams has company in the Class of 2007 from Long Beach Wilson (Calif.) sprinter/hurdler Ebony Collins.


Scott Sellers
Boys' Track
Cinco Ranch High (Texas)
Class of 2005
Sellers is the best scholastic high jumper in the country and a possible future Olympian. In March, he set a national high school record in the high jump with a leap of 7 feet, 5.25 inches at the Nike Indoor Championships. Then, at the Texas Class 5A state meet in May, Sellers won the high jump with a state-record leap of 7-4 while also placing second in the triple jump with a distance of 48-2.5.


Katelyn Kaltenbach
Girls' Cross Country
Smoky Hill High (Colo.)
Class of 2005
Kaltenbach leads a long list of cross country standouts, including Nevada's Marie Lawrence, Montana's Zoe Nelson and New York's Nicole Blood. But it was Kaltenbach who bested them all to win the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships last fall with a time of 17:24. Kaltenbach is also a star on the track, winning the mile at the Nike Indoor Championships and taking home state titles this spring in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.


Cynthia Barboza
Girls' Volleyball
Long Beach Wilson (Calif.)
Class of 2005
How good is Barboza? Good enough that not only is she an Olympic hopeful, but this year she became the first junior to ever be named the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. The All-State outside hitter recorded 550 kills, 46 blocks and 38 service aces last fall and was the only high school player invited to train with the U.S. National Team in preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Considering she's already playing with the world's top players, it's amazing to think she still has another year of high school left.


Codie Hansen
Girls' Swimming
Arlington Lamar High (Texas)
Class of 2005
In three years of high school competition, Hansen has won six state championships and has never lost a race at the Texas Class 5A state swim meet. This past winter, she capped a fantastic junior season by taking home gold medals in both the 100-yard freestyle (50.25) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.29) at the state meet. That followed state titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle as a sophomore and in the 100 and 200 free as a freshman.


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