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DeAngelis, Hansen, Holmes earn first team honors; Estrada and Meyers earn third team and honorable mention.

North Marion's storied baseball program has added more All-State award winners to its history. Sophomore outfielder Rex DeAngelis, junior pitcher Hunter Hansen and junior utility player Evan Holmes took home first team All-State honors this season, while junior outfielder Emilio Estrada was given third team honors and junior catcher Payton Meyers was an honorable mention.

COURTESY PHOTO: JO WHEAT - North Marion sophomore Rex DeAngelis won Tri-Valley Player of the Year, impressing league coaches with his combination of hitting, fielding and pitching. In addition, he earned first team All-State honors for North Marion's run in the playoffs.

North Marion head baseball coach Randy Brack had high praise for the youngest of his All-State honorees, DeAngelis, including the good energy he brings to the team.

"He's got a great attitude," Brack said. "He doesn't get down on himself. When things don't go good, he's a real positive kid, a real team type of guy."

But it wasn't just the energy DeAngelis brought that earned him All-State honors and the Tri-Valley Conference Player of the Year. The left-handed hitter had Brack comparing him to Kory Casto, a North Marion alum who made it to the majors.

North Marion finished 13-4 overall, and 10-1 in Tri-Valley Conference play. The team earned third place in the 4A state championship with a 13-6 win over Banks.


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