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Heine named to All-American 2nd team

July 19, 2007|by DAN KAUFFMAN

Mercersburg Academy graduate and all-everything outfielder Cord Heine added yet another accomplishment to his growing resumé.

All-American.

Heine was selected to the 2007 National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-American Second Team earlier this week.

"I was totally shocked, I'm not going to lie," Heine said. "It was pretty amazing. I had no idea how to qaulify for a team like that, so when I was told by (Mercersburg Academy athletic director) Ron Simar, I was pretty excited."

Heine was nominated for the honor by Jefferson coach John Lowery, a member of the BCA committee which selects the All-American and All-District 2 teams.

"Cord's numbers ranked right up there with any of them," Lowery said. "I only saw him play the one time we faced Mercersburg, but he was one of the best hitters I saw all year. He hit everything hard."

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"I'm very proud," Blue Storm coach Karl Reisner said. "I had heard John was going to nominate him, that was the only thing I'd heard. I hadn't heard how it had gone. We were just happy he was being nominated, to be honest."

Heine was selected as the 2007 Herald-Mail Player of the Year after hitting .575 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 51 RBIs.

"It seemed like I grew a little bit and I was getting better each year," said Heine, who earned All-Area First Team honors in 2006. "It clicked this season and my swing was feeling good the entire year."

"He had an unbelievable year, and the growth in three years is just unbelievable," Reisner said. "He was a good player in 10th grade, made himself into a great one and he should have a great college career. He didn't just hit against the cupcakes, he hit against everybody."

Heine will play for the University of Massachusetts next spring.

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