NEWPORT NEWS -- Shenandoah University had a state-best six honorees in Virginia State Sports Information Directors Association All-State baseball selections announced on Friday.
Coach Kevin Anderson and rising senior Greg Van Sickler headline the six honorees by being named as state Coach and Player of the Year, respectively.
For Anderson, it's his second straight selection as VaSID Coach of the Year. In 2010, Anderson led the Hornets to a second consecutive 38-10 overall record, a South Region championship and a No. 6 final national ranking.
Shenandoah also captured its first-ever USA South Conference championship by winning the league tournament in April.
Van Sickler helped his club to those two titles by being named first team All-America by both D3baseball.com and the ABCA. He was also selected as the ABCA South Region Player of the Year and the USA South Conference Pitcher of the Year.
In addition to those accolades, Van Sickler was a first team All-USA South selection at both pitcher and utility and was a member of both the USA South and Fayetteville Regional All-Tournament teams.
For the year, he finished with a .412 batting average, had a school record 27 doubles and drove in 55 runs. On the mound, he was 8-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 87 2/3 innings over 12 appearances.
Van Sickler is a first team All-VaSID pick at both pitcher and utility.
Van Sickler's classmate, Kevin Brashears, joins him on the VaSID first team with his selection in the outfield. Like Van Sickler, Brashears was a first team All-America pick by both D3baseball.com and the ABCA and a first team ABCA All-South honoree.
Brashears was named as the USA South tournament MVP in April. For the season, Brashears hit a team-best .427 with a school record 90 hits in 211 at-bats. Brashears also led SU in home runs (14) and his 61 RBIs was second-best on the team. He finished in the nation's top three in both hits and runs scored this season.
A pair of graduated seniors, Jesse Henry and Scott Van Dusseldorp, round out the VaSID selections with first- and second-team picks, respectively.
Henry, the Fayetteville Regional Most Outstanding Player, grabbed a first-team nod at shortstop while Van Dusseldorp garnered second-team accolades at third base.
Henry hit .388 this season on his way to both USA South and Fayetteville Regional All-Tournament honors and was one of just two Shenandoah players to start all 48 games this past spring.
Van Dusseldorp was named as the USA South Conference Player of the Year this spring after hitting a league-best .455 in league action. For the year, he hit .369 with a second-best 13 home runs and a team-high 64 RBIs.
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