Trevor DeLaHoussaye from Academy of Academic Excellence in Apple Valley we think is the longest name/school listing we’ve ever had in the more than 35 years of all-state teams (for all sports). He gained a small schools second team all-state honor for a memorable performance in a section title game. For this post, we also have more players listed who just missed making it onto the all-state underclass teams, a look at how close and why some selections were made (yes, we second-guess ourselves) and more.
With a long last name and being from a school called Academy of Academic Excellence (located in Apple Valley in the High Desert area of Southern California), Trevor DeLaHoussaye already had our attention when he was evaluated for an all-state small schools baseball honor.
Trevor’s odds for being selected to either first team or second team (he made it onto second team) also were enhanced because of what he did in the CIF Southern Section Division VII championship game.
In that game, DeLaHoussaye faced an Excelsior Charter squad from nearby Victorville, the top-seeded team and a team that had beaten the Knights three times earlier in the season. DeLaHoussaye came through with a three-hitter, struck out 13 batters and shut out Excelsior, 5-0, to give the school its first CIFSS crown. Excelsior had been averaging more than 10 runs per game.
According to a game report in the Victor Valley Daily Press by Jacob Sundstrom, DeLaHoussaye credited prayer for being able to have that kind of a performance since the night before he reportedly could not lift his right arm over his head due to shoulder pain.
“I came today and I came to the field and I couldn’t throw a ball,” DeLaHoussaye told Sundstrom. “I had something wrong with my shoulder over the past few days and I had been working on it and working on it and then I prayed and I couldn’t feel a thing.”
With the all-state small schools teams also consisting of schools that are Division VI in the Southern Section (and for some that are Division V as well), it’s very hard to D7 players such as DeLaHoussaye to be higher than second team. Still, he was a very deserving CIFSS D7 Player of the Year. He had a 0.91 ERA in 77 innings of pitching with 96 strikeouts and he also hit .529 with a .764 slugging percentage.
DeLaHoussaye will attend UCLA this fall as a student and has indicated he will try out for a walk-on spot on the baseball team.
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