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BI senior named All Region

POSTED: July 12, 2007 5:02 a.m.

Bradwell Institute senior right fielder Nick Franks was named to the Region 3-AAAAA Coaches All-Region first team.

Franks, who also pitched and played first base was the Tigers’ lone senior and batted better than .480 at the plate.
“It feels pretty good to be recognized after four years of playing Bradwell baseball,” Franks said. “Seeing I had success and have something to show for that means a lot to me.”
BI coach Rhett Hellgren is proud of Franks.
“I’m extremely proud. He’s such a great kid,” Hellgren said. “He never gave me a problem. He’s always ‘yes sir, no sir’ and you love to have kids like him.”
Franks was the Tiger’s leading hitter and came through in the clutch several times.
Hellgren fondly recounted the time Franks tied a game against Jenkins in the sixth inning with a three-run homer.
“He was real important. He came every day with a good attitude and a real hard work ethic,” Hellgren said. “Today’s kids aren’t as apt to coming to work every day as he was.”
Franks enjoyed playing for Hellgren in his senior season.
“I’d like to thank Coach Hellgren for allowing me the opportunity to excel,” Franks said. “He gave me a lot of opportunities throughout the season and I capitalized on them.”
Franks not only excelled on the diamond, but also in the classroom.

He graduated with honors in May and is headed to the University of Georgia, where he will have the opportunity to walk onto the Bulldog baseball squad.
Franks went to college orientation last week and spoke with UGA baseball coach David Perno about trying out for the team.
“He said they had eight players who got drafted and depending on how many of them sign and if there is space available, that he would be interested in trying me out,” Franks said. “I have a good chance.”
That’s all Franks wants is a chance to showcase his skills with the bat. This season he nearly always put the ball in play, striking out only four times.
“I’d just like to have the chance to prove it,” he said. “When I watch college teams play and the teams bat, I think I can play at that level. It’s all about getting that opportunity.”
Whether he plays baseball, Hellgren is certain Franks will be successful in life.
“He will be successful in anything he chooses to do,” Hellgren said. “He’s a hard worker. I’m going to miss him and our team’s going to miss him. He was our only senior this year and he’s a great leader. 
Franks’ teammate, Daniel Materne, received an honorable mention on the All-Region team. The rising senior, who also plays basketball, did a fine job playing centerfield for the Tigers. He batted better than .350.
“He came through and really turned it on,” Hellgren said. “He’s a super kid and he always came out and did what he was supposed to do.”
Surprisingly, the last time Materne played competitive baseball, he was in the fifth grade.
Camden County’s Steven Voight and Jenkins’ Matt Oglesby were named co-Players of the Year.
Region champ Camden County’s coach Jay Lasley was voted Coach of the Year.

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