Max Hogan selected to coaches 5A All-State team
Sunday, 08 July 2012 by Chuck Kelly
Recent Belton High School graduate Max Hogan continues to pile up high school honors.
Most notable is the fact that he has been selected for the second straight year to the Class 5A All-State team. This year the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association named Hogan to a third-team spot on its team, the same slot he earned in 2011 from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
"It's a special honor," Max admitted. "It's something that you shoot for. I mean, all the other awards are nice to have but All-State kinda tops them all...1st Team All-District, 1st Team All-Area and All-CenTex is cool but to get your name on All-State, that's what everyone wants. It's especially an honor to get it two years in a row."
In addition to excellent infield play at second base, the slugging lefty played a major part in the Tigers' 19-14 state quarterfinalist season, batting .348 and driving in 25 runs after a .467, 22 runs season last year.
Hogan was presented the Tiger Award during the annual post-season team banquet.
His high school playing days were extended during the summer as he competed in the Central Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game in Waco, the THSBCA All-Star game at Dell Diamond and on Team Texas in the elite Heartland Baseball Classic in Norman, Oklahoma.
"The Heartland was probably the best baseball experience of my life. It was fun," Hogan remembered. "It's kinda crazy. I got close to everyone on the team but I think some of my best friends from the tournament live all the way out in El Paso and Lubbock. There were guys from everywhere. The friendships we made on the team...it was just an awesome experience, especially having coaches Cornblum and Krueger both coach us."
Now, it's stay in shape and be ready for college in the fall.
By the way, that's changed for Hogan. He originally had committed to Baylor University but, as he put it, "Things changed" so his decision had to change, too. Max is headed to Dallas Baptist University where he will play for the Patriots.
"DBU is about to build a new stadium and complex and it's pretty neat up there," he explained. "Their baseball program has made it to Omaha the past two years and I can honestly say that I'm definitely more excited about going up to DBU than going to Baylor."
It's easy to predict that wherever Penny and George Hogan's son heads --- he's headed for success!