For the first time in almost a decade, the Fairview baseball program was represented on the Major League Baseball draft.
On Saturday Fairview graduate Tucker Tharp, who recently completed a stellar career at the University of Kansas, and 2014 graduate Ryan Kokora were selected in the latter stages of the draft.
Tharp, a senior outfielder for the Jayhawks, was selected in the 30th round by the New York Mets. Kokora, a pitcher whose right arm was a big factor in the Knight’s 2014 Front Range League championship, was chosen in the 35th round by the Atlanta Braves.
Tharp just completed a senior season in which he hit .310 for Kansas with 15 doubles, six home runs, and 39 RBIs. Kokora went 9-0 for Fairview while compiling a 1.38 earned-run average in 45 2/3 innings. Kokora recorded 65 strikeouts against just 16 walks.
“It’s probably one of the biggest honors you can have,” Fairview coach Rick Harig said. “It’s a small number of people that get selected, and to have them be part of that is quite an honor.”
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