Courtesy of College Park Athletic Booster Club e-newsletter.
Ian Benjamin Torres started playing baseball as a catcher and third baseman in his freshman year, but has been in love with the sport since he was 5 years old. Aside from being an NCS scholar athlete every year, he was awarded as Best Hitter in Frosh and Most Valuable Player in Junior Varsity. He remembers the long hours grinding with his teammates on the field and the time off the field doing his schoolwork. His favorite classes are Calculus and Physics where he hopes to take his skills and apply them at San Jose State University as a Civil Engineer. He is grateful to all of his coaches for giving him the opportunity to be part of one of the best sports program at College Park High School.
Colby Schiager started playing baseball at six-years old and has played every year since then. At College Park, he played on the frosh, JV and Varsity baseball teams where he started as a catcher, then switched to pitching, and is now a pitcher on the Varsity team. Colby has enjoyed his four years of playing baseball and will be joining the baseball program at Cuesta College in the fall. Not only does he enjoy striking people out, but in his free time Colby enjoys fishing, camping, biking and the outdoors.
Nathan Nicosia has been on the Varsity baseball team since his sophomore year. He started playing baseball when he was 3 years old. His favorite baseball memory is traveling to Puerto Rico with his travel team to play in the Pee Wee Reese World Series. His team came home with a championship and an 8-0 record. His favorite CP baseball memory is making it to NCS each year. He is hoping the team will make it passed the quarterfinals this year. He likes to snowboard, skateboard and hang out with his friends in his free time. He plans to attend DVC to continue playing baseball in the fall.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand has been a starter on the College Park High School Varsity Baseball Team since he was a freshman in 2015. He is proud of the fact that he could contribute to that 2015 team that went on to win the NCS championship. As a sophomore, Christian was named to the Cal Hi Sports Underclassmen All-State 1st Team as an infielder. He will attend Yavapai College next year in Prescott, AZ. Christian has hopes to play in the Major Leagues someday.
Lucas Johnson has played baseball since he was 5 years old. After College Park he plans to attend Chico State University, and study Construction Management. In his free time he enjoys going skiing, and hanging out with his friends.
Jared Hedrick has played baseball for 4 years at College Park, 2 years on Varsity. He loves to compete and is happiest when he is on the field. During his years at College Park he has enjoyed playing in tournaments and travelling to different states and parts of the country to continue his baseball experience. He plans to attend DVC next fall and continue to play baseball, and eventually transfer to a 4 year college.
Alexander Jeremy Speer, better known as AJ Speer has played Baseball for over 14 years. Four of those years were for College Park. AJ has been on Varsity since his freshman year. He has many memories from the last 4 years but a highlight would be the year he accompanied the College Park Varsity Team to the National High School Invitational in North Carolina. There were 16 teams from all around the country invited to play. The team went head to head against the other 15 best teams in the Country. College Park beat out 14 other teams to come in second place. This is only one of the great memories AJ has from his years playing baseball at College Park. In addition to baseball AJ played basketball for College Park for 2 years. His sophomore year on Varsity. He is an avid snowboarder and looks forward to spending more time snowboarding. In the fall AJ will be attending the University of Reno. He will be majoring in business.