With Auburn High School Football just weeks away, the Auburn Network is excited to announce the 2017 Auburn High Football on Wings 94.3 Broadcast Team!
Scott Bagwell- Play-by-Play
After four years of being the voice of Auburn High Football on Wings 94.3, Bill Cameron has stepped down and given the reigns to Scott Bagwell. Bagwell began his career in broadcasting in 2009 and called Auburn University soccer as well as the SEC and NCAA Tournament in 2010. He called the NCAA Tournament again in 2012. Bagwell also called the 2010 volleyball NCAA Tournament in 2010. In 2011, Scott lended his voice for Auburn University Softball. Bagwell also has experience as the studio engineer for Troy football and basketball 2011, UNLV basketball for the 2011-2012 season, and for IMG College from 2011-2012.
Bagwell has also served as the voice of both Auburn High basketball and baseball since 2013, and was the sideline reporter for Auburn High Football from 2013-2016.
Blake Ramsey- Color Analyst
Bagwell will be joined in the booth this season by Blake Ramsey. Ramsey is going into his sixth year of teaching for Auburn City Schools and serves as the coach for both seventh grade football and eighth grade baseball. Ramsey has also served as a color analyst for Auburn High baseball.
Noah Gardner- Sideline Reporter
After Scott Bagwell’s move to the broadcast booth, Noah Gardner has received the nod as this season’s sideline reporter. Gardner worked at WEGL 91.1 in Auburn where he did play-by-play and color commentary for Auburn University soccer, softball, and volleyball. Gardner is currently the co-host of The Lunch Break on ESPN 106.7 and The SEC Report on ESPN 106.7
Riley Hubbard- On-site Producer
Riley Hubbard will be the producer for all of the Auburn High Football on Wings 94.3 broadcasts this season. Hubbard has been a part of the Auburn Network team since 2016, where he serves as a live and remote broadcast producer and studio engineer, website editor, and app designer and editor. Riley also currently serves as the color analyst for Auburn High baseball on ESPN 106.7. Hubbard is a rising senior at Auburn High School where he is a member of the Auburn High golf team.
Drew Forehand- Studio Engineer
Drew Forehand is set to serve as the studio engineer for Auburn High football on Wings 94.3 for his fifth season. Forehand graduated from Northwest Florida State College in 2013 and has been a part of the Auburn Network team since 2013. Forehand is currently the studio engineer for The Drive with Bill Cameron and a co-host of The SEC Report on ESPN 106.7
The 2017 Barbasol Championship at Grand National Golf Course is in the books with 23-year-old Grayson Murray earning his first career PGA Tour win. The North Carolina native, who is in his first year on tour, shot 64 in both second and third rounds and ended at 21 under par for the tournament. Chad Collins claimed the runner-up position at 20 under. (Click HERE for full results).
Making the PGA tournament more interesting for Auburn/Opelika residents and Auburn University supporters was the fact that five former or current Tiger golfers competed in the Barbasol Championship. Of the five, three made the cut and competed in the third and final rounds.
2012 Auburn graduate Blayne Barber was a three-time All-American during his collegiate career on the plains and earned full time status on the PGA Tour in 2014. Barber finished the Barbasol tournament -10 in a tie for 42nd place and was pleased with his overall performance this week.
“That’s my first bogey-free round in a while,” Barber said following the final round. “I had a couple of good saves and hit a ton of great shots. Putting is the thing that kept it from being really low.”
Barber and his wife, Morgan, along with their two children make Auburn their home so being able to compete in a PGA tournament in his own backyard was especially satisfying.
“It’s a normal week, which is great, “Barber said. “I mowed my grass, grilled out one night and had family over, so it was a good chill week. Hopefully, this is something to build on going forward the last few events of the season.”
The finish also soared Barber 13 spots in the FedEx Cup points race from last week, just above the cut line in 119th place.
Matt Gilchrest finished up his Auburn golf career this past spring and graduated in May. Although he does not hold a PGA Tour card like Barber, he received a sponsor’s exemption which allowed him to compete in the Barbosol Championship.
“This is a dream come true to get to play in a PGA event”, Gilchrest said after shooting an impressive 65 in the final round leading to a tie for 42nd place. “To get to play as a pro and have a Sunday tee time is really cool. This is just so much fun.”
He said being able to play in his first PGA tournament near the town where he played as a college golfer was special.
“I got a bunch of ‘War Eagles’ today and had 10 or 15 people following me so that was really nice”, Gilchrest said.
Patton Kizzire, who graduated from Auburn in 2008, earned his PGA Tour card in 2016 after leading the Web.com Tour money list. Kizzire finished five under par at the Barbasol and finished in a tie for 64th. After the round, Kizzire said he enjoyed being able to come back to the Auburn area to compete professionally.
“It’s great coming back to Auburn whether it’s for a golf tournament or a football game or just to be with friends and family, Kizzire said. “Auburn’s got a special place in my heart.”
Kizzire is currently sitting in 92nd place in the FedEx Cup standings with 439 points. The top 125 players in the FedEx Cup standings will make it to the 2017 FedEx Cup playoffs in September.
After acquiring him in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, former Auburn Baseball first baseman Garrett Cooper will make his major league debut for the New York Yankees Friday night at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.
Cooper transferred to Auburn from El Camino Community College to play his junior and senior years at Auburn. In his senior year, the Auburn first baseman hit .354 with seven homers and 37 RBI. His outstanding play earned him a 6th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Brewers initially placed him at their single-A team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin after signing with the team, but Cooper has worked his way through the Brewers farm system to the Brewers triple-A team in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he knocked the cover off the ball hitting .366 with 17 homers and 82 RBI. The Brewers then traded Cooper on Wednesday to the Yankees in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb. The Yankees are hoping to find a solid first baseman after a disappointing start from Greg Bird, who is currently injured.
Cooper will bat sixth Friday night and play first base against the rival Red Sox. The game can be seen on MLB Network at 6:10 CT.
Here’s a collection of audio from day two of SEC Media Days:
University of Alabama:
University of Missouri:
University of Kentucky:
Stay tuned to The Lunch Break’s SoundCloud page for more audio from SEC Media Days
Former Auburn Tiger David Ross ended his Major League Baseball career in style last season after winning the 2016 World Series with the Chicago Cubs. Well the 40 year old catcher has announced that he is returning to baseball, but not Major League Baseball. Ross played baseball at Auburn from 1996 to 1997 and is best remembered for his walk-off three run home run in the bottom of the ninth against Florida State to send Auburn to the East Regional Final in 1997. Auburn’s baseball team made it to the second round of the College World Series that year before being knocked out by Stanford. Ross went on to have a very successful 15 year major league career, including two World Series championships from the Red Sox in 2013 and the Cubs in 2016. Ross announced that he would retire from baseball after the 2016 World Series and joined the ESPN Baseball Tonight crew, but it appears that Ross missed playing our national pastime. Ross announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would coming out of retirement.
Big News! I’m excited to be coming out of retirement. I just couldn’t stay off the field.
— David Ross (@D_Ross3) July 9, 2017
Ross will play with the Kansas Stars, an independent baseball team in the National Baseball Conference league based in Wichita, Kansas that already has a few former Major League stars including Adam LaRoche, Roger Clemons, Josh Beckett, Dan Uggla, and Ben Sheets. Former Auburn Tiger Tim Hudson is also considering joining the team. The Stars will begin the National Baseball Conference World Series on July 29th in Wichita, Kansas.
There are currently two former Auburn players that are in the major leagues, Josh Donaldson and Grant Dayton, but there are ten former Tigers that are working their way up through the minor leagues. Unlike professional football and basketball, a contract does not guarantee big money with the big boys. After being drafted and/or signed, a player is assigned to a minor league affiliate for the major league club that holds their contract- single A is the lowest level, followed by single-A advanced, double-A and triple A. If you haven’t read the first Auburn Baseball Farm Report, click here to view it. Here’s a look at the rest of the former Tigers in the minor leagues that are working towards getting a call-up to the majors:
Dan Gamache was drafted out of Auburn in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gamache signed with the Pirates organization after his junior year at Auburn, a season in which he hit .299 with five homers and 29 RBI. The Auburn third baseman’s sophomore season grabbed the most attention from fans and scouts when he hit a remarkable .365 with eight home runs and 37 RBI. After spending part of 2011 in at a short season team, Gamache was initially placed at the Pirates single-A affiliate in Charleston, West Virginia to begin the 2012 season. Gamache made it to the Pirates triple-A team in Indianapolis, Indiana to begin the 2015 season, but was released by the team in September of 2016. On December 15th, 2016, the Minnesota Twins signed the free agent to a minor league contract and assigned him to their double-A team in Chattanooga, Tennessee to begin the 2017 season. Gamache is currently batting .207 with 29 RBI.
A name that many Auburn baseball fans recognize is Anfernee Grier. Grier, who was liked by many MLB scouts for his speed, was a Collective Bargaining Agreement pick (between 1st and 2nd rounds) in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The speedy center fielder batted .336 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in his junior and final season at Auburn before signing with the Diamondbacks. After being drafted, Grier played rookie ball then was placed at the Diamondbacks Single-A affiliate in Geneva, Illinois to begin the 2017 season. In his first full season in the minor leagues, the Russell County native is batting .271 with 14 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
Stephen Kohlscheen came to Auburn for a year after transferring from Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas before being drafted in the 2010 MLB Draft. In his one and only year at Auburn, Kohlscheen held a 1-0 record 6.49 ERA in 17 appearances (2 of them starts). Kohlscheen was drafted in the 45th round of the 2010 draft by the Seattle Mariners, then was assigned to the Mariners single-A team in Clinton, Iowa to start the 2011 season. On July 31st, 2014, the Mariners traded Kohlscheen to the San Diego Padres where he was placed on their triple-A team in El Paco, Texas. After struggling in triple-A, the Padres sent the right hander down to their double-A team in San Antonio, Texas in June of 2015. Kohlscheen was then released by the Padres on March 26, 2016, but just three days later, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Kohlscheen and assigned him to their double-A team in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kohlscheen was invited to Brewers spring training before the 2017 MLB season, then began the 2017 season at the Brewers triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. So far this year, Kohlscheen holds a 1-0 record and a 5.68 ERA in Colorado Springs.
Trey Wingenter was drafted out of Auburn after his junior season in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. In his junior season at Auburn, Wingenter posted a 1-6 record and a 4.28 ERA before signing with the Padres. After playing in a Padres rookie league in 2015, The Madison, Alabama native was assigned to the Mariners single-A advanced team in Lake Elsinore, California to begin the 2016 season. Wingenter is currently pitching for the Padre’s double-A team in San Antonio, Texas and has a 2-0 record and a 2.28 ERA so far this season.
Be sure to keep an eye out for these Auburn baseball alumni as they continue on the road to the show. If you have not read “The Auburn Farm Report: Part One” featuring Justin Camp, Trey Cochran-Gill, Garrett Cooper, Damek Tomscha, and Joshua Palacios, be sure to check it out.
There are currently two former Auburn players that are in the major leagues, Josh Donaldson and Grant Dayton, but there are nine former Tigers that are working their way up through the minor leagues. Unlike professional football and basketball, a contract does not guarantee big money with the big boys. After being drafted and/or signed, a player is assigned to a minor league affiliate for the major league club that holds their contract- single A is the lowest level, followed by single-A advanced, double-A and triple A. Here’s a look at the former Tigers in the minor leagues that are working towards getting a call-up to the majors:
Following his senior year at Auburn, right handed pitcher Justin Camp was drafted in the 37th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Camp pitched all four years at Auburn from 2013-2016 and was most impressive as a junior, when he posted a 2.33 ERA in 28 appearances out of the bullpen. In his senior year, Camp transitioned into a starting role and recorded a 3-5 record and a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts. The Royals initially assigned Camp to their single-A affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky to begin the 2017 season, then promoted him to their single-A advanced team in Wilmington, Delaware. So far this season, the Decatur native holds a 0-0 record and a 1.54 ERA.
In 2014, Trey Cochran-Gill, who is a native of Tallassee, was drafted out of Auburn in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners. Cochran-Gill left Auburn after his junior year to sign with the Mariners in 2014, a year in which the right hander posted a 3.41 ERA in 28 relief appearances. In 2015, the Mariners promoted Cochran-Gill from their single-A team in Bakersfield, California to their double-A in Jackson, Mississippi, then to their triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Washington for one game. However, the Mariners traded Trey to the Oakland Athletics organization on December 8th, 2015 where he was placed on the roster for their double-A team in Midland, Texas and held a 4-5 record and a 3.07 ERA. After starting this season on the disabled list, the Mariners sent Cochran-Gill down to single-A ball in Stockton, Indiana.
Another Tiger working his way through the minor leagues is Garrett Cooper. Cooper transferred to Auburn from El Camino Community College to play his junior and senior years at Auburn. In his senior year, the Auburn first baseman hit .354 with seven homers and 37 RBI. His outstanding play earned him a 6th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Brewers initially placed him at their single-A team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin after signing with the team, but Cooper has worked his way through the Brewers farm system to the Brewers triple-A team in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he is currently knocking the cover off the ball hitting .362 with 11 homers and 56 RBI.
Another corner infielder working his way to the show is third baseman Damek Tomscha. Tomscha transferred to Auburn from Iowa Western Community College to play his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season in 2014, Tomscha hit .313 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He was then drafted that summer by the 17th round by the Philadelphia Phillies and assigned to the Phillies single-A team in Lakewood, New Jersey. At the beginning of the 2016 season, Tomscha was promoted to the single-A advanced team in Clearwater, Florida. Tomscha is still in Clearwater and is currently hitting .296 with seven homers and 32 RBI this season.
Former Auburn center fielder Joshua Palacios was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Palavios only played one year at Auburn after transferring from San Jacinto College, then left Auburn after he was drafted to sign with the Blue Jays organization. He was first assigned to the Blue Jays single-A affiliate in Lansing, Michigan and after some brief stints in Blue Jays rookie leagues, returned to Lansing to begin his 2017 campaign. This year for the Lugnuts, Palacios is hitting a tough .195 with 14 RBI.
The road to the show is not always an easy one, but be sure to keep an eye out for these Auburn baseball alumni in the majors in the coming years. On Friday, five more Auburn players that are currently in the minor leagues will be in the spotlight in “The Auburn Baseball Farm Report: Part Two” right here on espnau.com
The 2017 first year player draft is in the books and four Auburn Tigers will get the opportunity to play at the next level. Keegan Thompson, Jonah Todd, Daniel Robert, and Gabe Klobosits were selected in this year’s MLB Draft. If Thompson and Todd decide to decline the offer, they may return to Auburn because they still have NCAA eligibility but both are expected to sign with the team they were drafted by.
Auburn red shirt junior pitcher Keegan Thompson was the first Tiger to get drafted, as he went in the third round to the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Thompson became the 105th overall pick in the draft, and most likely would have gone sooner he wouldn’t have had Tommy John Surgery in 2016. Thompson was drafted last year by the Detroit Tigers in the 33rd round, but declined it to pitch one more year at Auburn where he finished the year with a 7-4 record an a 2.41 ERA. The Tigers right hander impressed scouts with a great curveball as well as two-seam and four-seam fastballs, with his four-seamer touching 95 mph. He is described by many MLB scouts as a “mature and polished” pitcher and as a 22 year old developed college pitcher, he should go through the minors quickly.
After Thompson, Auburn junior center fielder Jonah Todd got the call in the 6th round when he was drafted 175th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Todd just finished his junior year at Auburn after transferring from Marion Military Academy following his sophomore year where he was given the ACCC Defensive Player of the Year honors. This season at Auburn, Todd hit .376 with 37 RBI. The Tiger center fielder is expected to sign with the Angels rather than return to Auburn for his senior year.
In the 21st round, the Texas Rangers selected Auburn senior first baseman Daniel Robert. Robert was selected 644th overall as a right handed pitcher. He primarily played first base for the Tigers this year hitting .290 with 42 RBI this year, but he did make six relief appearances in which he recorded a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 total innings with 11 strikeouts. The Rangers will obviously attempt to develop him in their farm system as a pitcher rather than a position player, and he has the size to do so (Robert stands 6-5 and 236 pounds).
The final Tiger that was selected in the draft was Auburn senior pitcher Gabe Klobosits. Klobosits was taken in the 30th round by the Washington Nationals. He was taken 1093rd overall and recorded a 5.18 ERA this season in 17 appearances, four of them starts. Like Robert, Klobosits has the size to be a major leaguer (Klobosits stands 6-7 and weighs 249 pounds).