BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- Kentucky's A.J. Reed is the Southeastern Conference baseball player of the year.<br />
SEC coaches also selected LSU's Aaron Nola as the top pitcher for the second straight season and Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan as coach of the year in awards released Tuesday. Florida's Logan Shore was named the league's top freshman while Mississippi State's Seth Heck is scholar-athlete of the year.<br />
O'Sullivan led the Gators to their third SEC title in seven seasons, matching Dave Fuller (1948-75) for most in school history.<br />
Reed batted .351 with a league-high 23 home runs and 70 RBIs. Also a pitcher, he led the league with 11 wins and posted a 2.10 ERA.<br />
Nola was 10-1 and led the SEC with a 1.49 ERA and 127 strikeouts. Shore was 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA.
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
Lane Kiffin was modest in his goals and complimentary about the team he'll be facing in the Sugar Bowl. He went on and on about how much he's learned from Nick Saban, while insisting it's no big deal when his boss yells at him. Very un-Kiffin-like, you might say.
Any coach, athlete, parent or booster that follows prep sports witnessed some amazing moments over the last few weeks -- from championships (some historic), to heartbreak and everything in between, as area teams and individuals provided us with a stunning finish to the 2014-15 high school sports campaign.
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