War Eagle Cody Althouse Signs Letter of Intent

Cody Althouse with Oak Ridge High School baseball coach Stacy Scheiner.

This just in… Cody Althouse is a real good baseball player and an even better human being!

Usually, when referring to high school athletes you want to be careful not to build a player up too much so as to not jinx the athlete. Well, in this case I feel safe because in witnessing Cody Althouse sign a letter of intent today to play at arguably the top Division 1 junior college baseball program (Crowder College in Missouri) in the nation, it is obvious that his proverbial ship has come in.

For those who know Cody Althouse well, it is known that this could not have happened to a more deserving person. Althouse is the consummate teammate always in support of every player and picking up those in need of a boost.

The son of a cop, Cody is one of the more responsible young people you’ll ever meet always in touch with what doing the right thing really means. If you want your kid being a productive young adult, see that he hangs in the same circles as Cody. In speaking with him earlier today, he knows Crowder College is banking on him to produce on and off the field. “Being fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to study and play ball at such an awesome college, you can bet I am going to have the most productive spring and that includes in and out of the classroom at Oak Ridge high school.” Althouse continued, “My parents have been great and whatever good comes of me is a direct reflection on my parents. This has been a great school year as I have been blessed with excellent teachers. Everything has come together so well. Coach Scheiner, Coach Einhaus and Coach Alumbaugh are excellent coaches and I want our team to go out winners for them. I want our team to be able to look back on our senior season when we are 50 and say how great of a time we had and how good we were. I want to help lead this team to success.”

Crowder College finished the 2010 season with a 43-24 record, including the 2010 Region 16 championship as well as the South Central District Championship earning the programs first trip to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction Colorado. The Roughriders finished 5th at the World Series, with both losses to the eventual National Champion.

Every player leaving Crowder after their tenure in the last five years has received a scholarship offer from a four year institution, continuing the great tradition of placing players at the next level across the country. Some 60 former Roughriders have been drafted and enjoyed a major league career in the past twenty-three years, many still playing in the majors and minors. In the last five years, 18 Roughriders have been drafted, while nine players signed professional contracts with major league organizations. In addition to professional baseball, Crowder has sent many more players to NCAA Division I baseball programs during the same time. Some of these schools include University of Arkansas, University of Missouri, Oklahoma State University, Fresno State, University of Mississippi, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Texas Southern, Charleston Southern and many more.

In speaking with Cody’s Big League (Little League) coach, Eric Broussard, you can get an even better idea of just how smart Crowder College was in getting Althouse to sign with their school.

“I managed the Big League All-star team last summer consisting of some of the top 17-18 year old players from the Oak Ridge/Woodlands area. Our team won the Texas East State Championship  in Austin and then advanced to the Southwest Regional tournament played at Louisiana Tech’s field in Ruston, Louisiana.  We were runner up in that tournament and the Champion, Louisiana District 5 Ruston team, advanced to the semi-finals of the Big League World Series aired on ESPN.  The District 5 team was comprised of all college signed players, including 4 at La Tech. We beat that team once and then lost by 2 runs in the final game.

This Regional tournament consisted of championship teams from state of Louisiana, Ruston  (Host Team), Texas West and Colorado. We beat every team in the tournament.

Cody Althouse was my best player and was dominant in the State, Regional Tournament and other preceding tournaments and games.  Cody also played in other select showcase tournaments over the past year where he has performed exceptionally well in addition to his strong performance for ORHS.” Broussard continued, “Cody demonstrates a very strong work ethic and has a solid baseball frame maintained through his continuous workouts. More importantly, Cody is a gifted leader and his enthusiasm is contagious.”

Head Coach Lallemand of Crowder College could not have picked a better all around person and athlete than Cody Althouse.

We wish Cody well in all of his future endeavors to include the remainder of his senior year at Oak Ridge high school.

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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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