High School Sports

Area Roundup: Hansen has top-20 golfing finish

Former Morro Bay High standout and current UC Davis men’s golfer Matt Hansen finished in a three-way tie for 15th place at the 108th Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship at Kansas City Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan., on Thursday.

Hansen, who qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman this past season, shot a 66 and 70 in his final two rounds to finish 5 under for the tournament.

Kelly Kraft of SMU won the title with a 266 four-round total. Hansen was nine strokes back, as were Brandon Hagy of Cal and Cody Gribble of Texas.

To be eligible for the tournament, which has been running since 1901 and has been contested annually aside from a three-year span during World War II, participants must be men 19 or older with an official USGA handicap of 2 or less.

Nipomo's McNeil selected for top high school all-star game

Nipomo High senior Ryan McNeil has been selected to play in an elite high school all-star game at PETCO Park in San Diego next month.

One of 21 players picked for the West team, the right-handed pitcher will play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic, whose alumni includes some of the most highly decorated baseball prospects in the past eight years.

Five of the past eight No. 1 overall selections in the MLB Draft and 94 first-round picks have competed in the game, which will be played Aug. 14 at 5 p.m.

The classic has produced more than 35 current Major League players, including San Francisco Giants stars Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, San Diego Padres ace Mat Latos, Oakland Athletics All-Star Gio Gonzalez and Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutcheon. Former Cal Poly closer Eric Massingham played for the West in 2004.

McNeil is the younger brother of Long Beach State outfielder Jeff McNeil. The younger McNeil was a first-team all-county selection in 2011 and batted .400 with eight doubles and 20 RBI.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound power pitcher was 7-1 with a 1.40 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 65 innings, including eight complete games.

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