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June 26, 2013

Greater Johnstown's Noon named All-American

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown’s Grant Noon already had been setting goals and preparing for his final baseball season with the Trojans next spring when he received recognition on the national level for his performance during the recently completed season.

The 17th annual Louisville Slugger High School All-America Team made Noon a second-team honoree. A slugging catcher and strikeout pitcher for the Trojans, Noon was recognized among the top scholastic players in the country when the All-America team appeared in Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

“I was surprised. It’s a great honor that I share with my teammates and coaches,” said Noon, who already has made official college recruiting visits to Coastal Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State in advance of his senior year. “We have a lot of work to do. I hope to be a captain and help the team next season. I want to get better and help our team get better.”

Noon was named to the All-America team as a catcher. He also was one of Johnstown’s top pitchers and the team’s leading hitter.

Players are nominated by their high school coach, and the Collegiate Baseball staff selects the team.

“It’s a great honor,” said retired Johnstown coach Dee Dee Osborne, who worked with Noon the past three seasons. “Grant is the only Pennsylvania kid on the second team. The only other time I remember one of our area’s players being on this All-America team was when (future major leaguer) Mike Ryan was on it.”

Blackhawk left-handed pitcher Brendan McKay made the first team and is the only other Pennsylvania player on the squads.

Noon had an impressive junior season for the Trojans. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder had a .560 batting average (33-for-59) with 12 doubles, two triples and 36 RBI. He struck out only three times in 20 games.

On the mound, the right-hander went 5-3 with a 1.19 ERA. He struck out 84 batters and walked only 12. Noon’s fastball consistently reaches the 83- to 85- miles-per-hour range. He has a curve ball and change-up.

As a sophomore, Noon had a .465 average and 20 hits and 31 RBI. He started for the Trojans as a freshman as well.

“Grant was my team captain as a junior,” said Osborne, who had his Trojans jersey number retired recently. “He blocks the ball well. His release time is in the 1.9 to 2.0 range down to second. He’s a natural hitter. He’s a great team player, and he’s baseball smart.”

 

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