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Yankees Draft Morris’ Hayden Sharp

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Originally Published: Jun 8, 2011 12:39 PM CDT

Wesley Coburn
Oklahoma Sports Student Mojo

MORRIS, Okla. --The last time the Morris Eagle community has known a legend was when a kid from Henryetta named Troy Aikman was leading the Hens. Now, they might have one of their own make it big, this time as pitcher. Hayden Sharp was selected with the 569th pick in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday night, by the New York Yankees.

The 6’5” senior played football, basketball and baseball for the Eagles, as quarterback in 2009, he was 90-230 passing for 1,503 yards with twelve touchdowns and fourteen interceptions. He also punted 49 times for 1,706 yards, an average of 34.7 ypp.

Last year he completed 86 of 212 passes for 1,431 yards, fourteen touchdowns, including the decisive 54 yarder in the Eagles’ 6-0 Homecoming win over the Knights, and thirteen interceptions. He also increased his punting skills with 53 total punts for 2,069 yards giving him a 39.0 average.

Sharp was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 2A East team, and was an honorable mention for the Tulsa World’s All-State team. His Morris squads made the playoffs in three of his four high school years, they compiled a record of 28-18.

This year’s Morris basketball team had a rough time, ending the season at 11-12 overall. The team earned fifth place in the Okmulgee County Tournament, and Sharp collected 37 points, 21 rebounds, five steals, three assists, and seven blocks in the three game span.

He made the winning layup in Morris’ 48-47 victory over Henryetta on Jan. 14, in his last two contests against the arch-rival Knights he dropped in 16 points, three assists, two blocks, a steal, and 18 rebounds.

Sharp announced the news on his Facebook page Tuesday night, saying “Well, everyone....LOOKS LIKE I’M GONNA BE A NEW YORK YANKEE!!!!!!!” After he posted it, his page was deluged with well deserved congratulations.

On the national level, Owasso’s Dylan Bundy and Broken Arrow’s Archie Bradley were both top 10 picks, picked by the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks, respectively. Overall, 32 players with Oklahoma ties were selected by 17 teams.
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