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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Medical Lake's Sam Gollehon named to All State

 

Medical Lake’s Sam Gollehon is going to the show, at least for a high school senior, anyway.

The 5-foot-9-inch, 170 pound catcher, shortstop and all around versatile player for the Cardinals was named to one of four All-State teams after playing center and left field in a doubleheader feeder game on Thursday, May 31 at Shadle Park.

All State directors and coaches nominate the top 10 players who advance to the All State Series during the feeder game.

“I’m excited,” Gollehon said. “Its an honor to be selected to play with some of the best baseball players in Washington state.”

He also sees it as an opportunity. He said he is one of only eight of the 72 All State players in the Series who isn’t committed to playing college ball somewhere.

“It’s an exposure point if I play,” he said. “There’s a chance I could go play somewhere.”

Gollehon, a multisport athlete who also played football and basketball, had a .448 batting average with 12 RBIs, 22 runs and 22 stolen bases for the 2019 season.

“He’s the hardest working kid we have out there. He has a great attitude”

Medical Lake head baseball coach Austin Sharp

He was voted as one of two team captains by his teammates, and First Team All NEA League, and the team MVP and Team Captain awards.

“He’s the hardest working kid we have out there,” Medical Lake head baseball coach Austin Sharp said. “He has a great attitude.”

Gollehon said his parents are “super excited.”

Baseball is a family tradition for the Gollehon clan. His dad, Greg, was selected to pitch in a feeder game when he was in high school, but threw out his arm on his first pitch.

His uncle, Chris, is a Medical Lake class of 1989 All Alum who went all the way to pitch in the big leagues. Drafted out of high school, he went on to play for the Detroit Tigers and the Spokane Indians.

“He was dealin’,” Gollehon said of his uncle, who later succumbed to multiple sclerosis.

There is, however, one caveat to playing in the All State Series on Saturday - Sunday, June 8-9 in Yakima: the games fall on the same day as graduation, so Gollehon won’t be able to walk with his classmates.

That conflict didn’t even register on his radar.

Lee Hughes can be reached at lee@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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