Did you know Pirates' Clement is all-time home run leader? .... Remembering Brian Davis

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By Mike White | Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 11:55 a.m.

He's not exactly "going yard" with regularity for the Pirates, but did you know Jeff Clement is the most prolific home-run hitter in the history of high school baseball?

I came across this in "High School Today," a magazine that goes to high schools: Jeff Clement, a Pirates first baseman pictured to the left, had 75 career home runs, which is No. 1 on the National High School Federation of High School Associations. Clement played for Marshalltown High School in Iowa from 1999-2002.

No. 2 on the list is Drew Henson, the former Yankees farmhand who had 70 home runs from 1995-98 at Brighton, Mich. Henson also played quarterback at the University of Michigan and had a short stint in the NFL. No. 3 is Micah Owings of Gainesville, Ga., who had 69 from 1999-2002.

No. 1 in two different categories

Hopewell's Scott Dierdorf leads the WPIAL in pitching victories with a 6-0 record. That's a lot of wins for this point of the season. He also leads the WPIAL in strikeouts with 47.

More baseball stuff

* The Post-Gazette will run WPIAL statistical leaders for baseball either tomorrow or Friday. The stats will also be on our web site. The leading hitter is Brownsville's Zach Hibbs, who is batting .724.

* Some players who are pretty good in other sports are having success with the bat. Butler's Bob Swartwout was an all-section player in basketball, and Big Bob is batting .462 for the baseball team. Admire Carter, a good football player at Beaver Falls who also played basketball, is batting .481. Taylor Schmitt, North Hills' quarterback in football, is batting .565.

* All-name team: Knoch has a pitcher named Nathan Junk.

Remembering Brian Davis

Canon-McMillan's Guy Montecalvo has retired as football coach after seven seasons with the Big Macs and 23 with Washington. When asked to name the best player he has coached, Montecalvo said, "Most people would acknowledge that it has to be Brian Davis," Montecalvo said.

Davis was a running back at Washington in the early 1980s and was Parade magazine's National Player of the Year in 1985. The only other WPIAL players to receive Parade's national award were North Hills' LaVar Arrington in 1997 and Jeannette's Terrelle Pryor in 2008.

Davis was one of the best players I've ever seen in more than three decades of covering WPIAL football. He played briefly at Pitt and showed plenty of potential, but academic problems forced him to leave. He now lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter. I ran into Davis last summer when he was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

"What's ironic is he came to our school last Friday," Montecalvo said. "He just walked right into Canon-McMillan. He was in town and he looks great. He looks like he could slap on the pads right now."

Below is Brian Davis now and then. The now is with his daughter at last summer's WPIAL Hall of Fame Banquet. The second is from his high school days at Washington.


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