In addition, several Grand County High School baseball players recently were named to the all-state teams of the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune daily newspapers.
The Red Devils finished their season with an overall record of 17-8 and a second-place finish at the state tournament.
Coach Meador, who has been the Red Devil baseball team’s head coach for the past seven years and was an assistant coach for three years prior to taking over the top coaching position, was commended by the association for his consistency and dedication.
“It doesn’t matter whether the team wins three games or 17 games, Jared has been unwavering in his commitment and his coaching philosophy,” said GCHS athletic director Ron Dolphin, who also served as one of Meador’s assistant coaches. “It’s all about practice, practice, practice.”
Dolphin also praised Meador for teaching the players a strong work ethic.
“He has done a tremendous job instilling a great work ethic in his players,” Dolphin added. “We were fortunate this year to have a great group of dedicated seniors who spent four years in the program, and we’re looking forward to another great year next year. All of the post-season honors that Jared and his players have received are well-deserved.”
Right after being named coach of the year, Meador served as one of the head coaches at the 2A all-star game played at Emery High School on May 17. Three Red Devil baseball players (Cook, Taylor, and White) competed on the South squad in that contest, which was won by the North team.
Named to the Deseret News all-state first team were seniors Koi Cook and Cameron Taylor. Cook also made the Salt Lake Tribune’s first team as an outfielder and was also listed on the Tribune’s second team as a pitcher. Taylor made the Tribune’s second team.
Cook, who played outfield and pitcher, finished the season with a .471 batting average and a 5-2 pitching record. He is currently in Peru serving a two-year LDS mission.
Taylor finished the season with a batting average of .523, recording 12 doubles, four home runs, and 18 stolen bases. He will begin attending the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, this fall, where he is lined up to play Division III football for the Fightin’ Engineers, who also reportedly want him to play baseball.
Making the Deseret News all-state second team for the Red Devils were junior first baseman Tanner White and fellow junior Kyler Nelson, who pitched and played third base. Nelson also received an honorable mention from the Tribune.
Receiving honorable mentions in the Deseret News all-state selections were GCHS senior oufielder Adam Jenkinson and junior Ronnie Dolphin, who played both catcher and outfielder during the season.
Jenkinson and Taylor were both also named to the prestigious Academic All-State 2A baseball team by the Utah High School Athletic Association.