Alumni2016-10-24T03:29:31+00:00

James Farris

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Graduated highland high school in 2010. Went to the University of Arizona for four years.

Drafted in 2014 to Chicago Cubs 9th round. Currently in high-A after my first full year as a professional baseball player. I plan to continue working on my craft and raising my goals throughout the months to come.
Awards: 2012 NCAA D1 National Champion, 2015 Midwest league all-star.
The best advice I could give a young athlete is that “opportunities are few and far between so be prepared so you can have more opportunities”.
The best advice I got from a coach was Andy Lopez telling me “sympathy will kill you”.
My favorite baseball memory is getting the opportunity to start the clinching championship game in the College World Series in 2012.

Shane Loux

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Highland High School 1994-1997

1997 Arizona State University commit

2nd round draft pick by Detroit Tigers

19 years as a professional

1 year of rookie ball

2 years “A”

1 year “AA”

14 years “AAA”

5 partial years MLB

Retired in July 2015

1996 All-AZ Team

1997 EV Player of the Year

2nd Team All-American

2000 “AA” All-Star

2003 “AAA” All-Star

2008 “AAA” All-Star

2008 “AAA” PCL Pitcher of the Year

2012 World Champion

Best Memory: I threw a 10 inning shutout in Toledo, OH in 2003. We won on a walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th. Celebrating the division championship with the SF Giants in 2012 was an unreal experience.

Favorite Player: Cal Ripken Jr. He was what I wanted to be as a player, A quiet leader who kept his mouth shut and did his job the right way. Everyday. No matter what.

Best Advice To Give: Always be willing to put in more work than what is required. Everyone does what is required.

Future Plans: I want to enjoy my young family for awhile. I want to get into the professional coaching ranks one day.

Max Rossiter

  1. Year you graduated from Highland
  • 2009
  1. College team (s) if you played
  • Central Arizona College (’10 & ’11)
  • Arizona State University (’12 & ’13)
  1. Year Drafted, by who
  • 2011 (42nd, Tampa Bay Rays)
  • 2012 (32nd, Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 2013 (15th, Pittsburgh Pirates)
  1. Level of Professional baseball, number of years played
  • Short Season Low A (New York Penn League) – 1 Year
  1. What are you doing now or future plans?
  • Financial Advisor at Biltmore Wealth Management
  • Owner/Head Instructor at Maximum Performance Training
  1. HS, College, Pro awards received
  • High School: 2009 Fiesta Region Player of the Year, 5A All-Star, Academic All-Star Game, 2009 Second Team All-State, 2008 Second Team All-Region, 2007 Honorable Mention – Fiesta Region.
  • Junior College: 2010 First Team All Region, First Team All conference, ACCAC Defensive Player of the Year, JuCo All Star Team and NJCAA Team USA. 2011 Central Arizona Student-Athlete of the Year, 2011 NJCAA DI JUCO World Series All-Tournament Team
  • College: 2012 Pac 12 Honorable Mention, Pac 12 All-Academic Honorable Mention. 2012 The Tillman Award, 2013 Pac 12 Honorable Mention, Pac 12 All Academic Honorable Mention. 2013 Bobby Winkles Award.

If you could change one moment

If I could change one moment in my baseball career it would have come in the Championship game of the 2011 JuCo World Series in Grand Junction, CO. We came in ranked #1 and were the team to beat. It was a back and forth battle against Navarro College (Texas), we were the visiting team and the game went into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th Inning Navarro’s leadoff man reached first base safely, and as expected the next batter showed bunt on the first two pitches. He pulled back on both pitches that were out of the zone and was sitting with a 2-0 count. Next pitch he squares around again but this time brings the bat back to do a slash bunt, it was a pitch up in the zone and he drove the ball to right center. Our right fielder was ranging back but the ball kept going, and going, and sailed over the right field wall to give Navarro a walk-off victory and in the national title. A play in my career that I will never forget and wish I could change.

Best advice from a coach

Best advice from a coach is trust the process!

Favorite baseball player

Buster Posey

Best advice to give a player

Best advice I can give a player is there’s no substitution for hard work.

Josh Asanovich

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Graduated from Highland – 2001
Colleges- Central Arizona College/Arizona State University
Drafted Twice by Tampa Bay Rays
Professional baseball- 7 Years
Future plans- I am a serial Entrepreneur – I own a few
companies now.
HS, College, Pro awards received – All State, East Valley Stars Team, All American, Rookie of the year, Player of the year, All Star Team

First memory of baseball – Tee Ball practice

Favorite game-changing moment – Sergio Pedroza hitting a 3 run HR to put us ahead in the 8th inning of the AA championship game 5. One of the best memories I have playing.

If you could change one moment – There isn’t many moments I would change. All of those moments good or bad at this time serve as great life experiences that I appreciate not.

Favorite team moment – The championships.. All of them. Also, just the clubhouse time. It was great being able to be with my teammates.

Best advice from a coach – Control the controlables.

Favorite baseball player – By far Derek Jeter.

Best advice to give a player – Enjoy your time. Work harder then you think is possible. The lessons you learn playing a sport will serve you in life forever. Do not take your time on the field for granted. Do not be afraid to fail, embrace the chance to find out how good you are and attack your weakness. Do not let outside influences control your mind.

Future plans – Build the life I want and deserve.