"A quick story on Jake. One of our former players--Pat Presley--came through. He started for us for four years at shortstop. He has some young children now, around 10-12 years of age. Towards the end of the year we finished a ball game, and they came in the dugout after our game was over and asked Jake, 'Would you please sign our hats.' And Jake said, 'I'll tell you what, I'll sign your stuff, but first you have to sign mine.'
"He'd have every right to have a big ego, but he has none whatsoever. He's just an unbelievable player."
In addition to Taylor and Sparks, who led Shawnee with 12 home runs, the Wolves got a tremendous season out of junior Kade Self, who led the team in both slugging (.947) and on-base percentage (.629), while walking 34 times and striking out just 13.
For the season, Shawnee outscored their opponents 495-117, including a 12-7 win against Claremore (Okla.) High in the championship game.
"I just feel very blessed," Boyer said. "What a great opportunity for me to coach a great group of kids. I'm very, very proud of this group. It's just hard to put into words."
After the season, Boyer walked away from his head coaching job and took over as Shawnee's athletic director, where he'll have the opportunity to impact many more student-athletes. He'll miss the relationships with his players, and the coaches he's become friends with, but Boyer is leaving behind a legitimate high school dynasty. And what could be better than that?
"(My wife and I) sat down and talked a lot about it, prayed about it," Boyer said. "We just felt like it couldn't be better timing. You win three straight championships, you win 40 in a row to end the year.
"That's the storybook ending."
|Team Of The Year|
|1992||Westminster Christian HS, Miami|
|1993||Greenway HS, Phoenix|
|1994||Sarasota (Fla.) HS|
|1995||Germantown (Tenn.) HS|
|1996||Westminster Christian HS, Miami|
|1997||Jesuit HS, Tampa|
|1998||Vestavia Hills (Ala.) HS|
|1999||Lassiter HS, Marietta, Ga.|
|2000||Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, N.J.|
|2001||Seminole (Fla.) HS|
|2002||Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas|
|2003||Chatsworth (Calif.) HS|
|2004||Chatsworth (Calif.) HS|
|2005||Russell County HS, Seale, Ala.|
|2006||The Woodlands (Texas) HS|
|2007||Wilson HS, Long Beach, Calif.|
|2008||American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.|
|2009||Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas|
|2010||Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Fla.|
|2011||Archbiship McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla.|
|2012||Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.|
|2013||Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.|
|2014||Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.|
|2015||Parkview HS, Lilburn, Ga.|
|2016||Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland, Fla.|
|2017||Shawnee (Okla.) HS|