Manhattan High had five athletes receive All-Centennial League honors this week after the conclusion of the 2019 season. Zac Cox, Cade Perkins, Dayne Aschenbrenner and Tyce Hoover were recognized from the baseball team while Haleigh Harper did the same for softball.
Both Cox and Harper received first-team All-Centennial honors, while Perkins earned the Newcomer of the Year award. Aschenbrenner was a second-team selection while Hoover was an honorable mention.
Cox, an infield specialist and pitcher, ended his career as one of the most decorated players in Manhattan baseball history. He set an all-time school record for games played with 87.
Last season, Cox recorded a .382 average at the plate in 68 at-bats. He notched 26 hits, scored 19 runs, had 14 RBIs and swiped six bases. On the mound, he went 3-1 with two saves, striking out 33 batters in 25 innings with a 3.60 ERA.
Cox’s most notable statistic in 2019: He didn’t strike out a single time.
MHS head softball coach Connie Miller considers Harper “the best all-around athlete coming out of Manhattan High in the last several years.” Harper also played volleyball, basketball and was on the Centennial’s Academic All-League list. She’s lettered four times in softball.
In 21 games last season, Harper finished with an eye-popping batting .661 average (41-for-62), scoring 23 runs and posting 26 RBIs. Among her 41 hits, Harper had 12 doubles, four triples and seven home runs.
A freshman pitcher, Perkins had a solid debut in the Centennial League to net Newcomer of the Year honors. He went 4-1 (one saves) and tossed 28 2/3 innings and striking out 34 batters.
A junior, Aschenbrenner batted .350 on the season with 21 hits, which included two doubles and a pair of triples to go along with 14 RBIs. Aschenberger also logged 9.1 innings on the mound as a pitcher, allowing only four hits with a 0.96 ERA and seven strikeouts.
Hoover, a sophomore, scored 17 runs with 19 hits and a .388 average. He also had nine RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage.