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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Kalis preseason All-American Hanowski player to watch

Bemidji State University senior Logan Kalis of Little Falls was named an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) NCAA Division II preseason All-American from the Central Region.

BSU freshman Joey Hanowski of Little Falls was named a Newcomer to Watch.

Kalis, a first baseman/pitcher, earned Daktronics All-Central Region first-team, ABCA All-Central Region second-team, NCBWA All-Central Region honorable mention and All-NSIC first-team designated hitter honors in 2012.

He batted .323 and led the team in home runs (10), RBIs (43), runs scored (38), total bases (93) and triples (3). His home run total tied for third in the NSIC and 39th in the nation. His three triples tied for fifth in the league and the 43 RBIs tied for eighth.

Kalis posted a .578 slugging percentage that tied for first on the team and added 52 hits to rank third. He finished with the most multi-RBI games on the team (12) and posted the second-most multi-hit games (17). He drew 12 walks, posted a .380 on-base percentage and was successful on all three of his stolen base attempts.

The right-hander finished 4-6 with a 6.34 ERA. He started 10 games, threw three complete games, appeared in 13 contests and posted one save. In 59.2 innings, he allowed 78 hits with 44 strikeouts and 26 walks.

In the field, he posted a .954 fielding percentage. He started at designated hitter more than any other Beaver (22 games), while starting nine games in left field, eight at first base and three in right field.

Hanowski, an infielder-outfielder, was an all-state player for Little Falls. He was a two-time all-conference and all-section player and was the Morrison County Area Player of the Year. He posted a .514 average for the 20-2 Flyers, a team that ranked No. 1 in the state for much of 2012.

His senior year he recorded a .593 on-base percentage, .889 slugging percentage, 35 RBIs, 28 runs, 11 doubles, four home runs, four stolen bases and two triples. He struck out only once in 72 at-bats and drew 15 walks.

He led the Flyers in batting as a sophomore (.350) and as a junior (.393). He totaled 37 RBIs and five home runs as a junior.

Hanowski also excelled for the Flyers boys hockey team. An all-state performer as a senior, he won the Class 1A Herb Brooks Award for character and leadership, an honor bestowed upon the Minnesota state hockey tournament player who represents the values, characteristics and traits that defined Herb Brooks.

Last season, he reached 100 career points and led the team with 64 points (36 goals, 28 assists) and to a 1A state consolation championship.

The Beavers open the season Feb. 15 against Northern State University at the Metrodome. They start NSIC play March 23-24 with a four-game series at Winona State.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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