High School Baseball

Local baseball athlete on the cover of Sports Illustrated after winning national award

Bobby Witt Jr., the second overall pick by the Kansas City Royals, was named Gatorade National Male Athlete of the Year on Tuesday.

He’ll join female athlete of the year Kelley Lynch (Sharpsburg, Ga.) on the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated, dated July 15.

Witt and Lynch, who is a Washington signee from Georgia, accepted the awards a banquet in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Both will be at the ESPY’s on Wednesday.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.