Friday, November 27, 2020

NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAY - WEBSITE UPDATED THURSDAY

Maxwell man selected in Yankees first round MLB draft

If you weren’t a Yankees fan before, you may be this next baseball season. Maxwell residents, Kenny and Kathy Wells, watched June 10 as their grandson, Austin Wells, was drafted by the New York Yankees.

The Wells have been lifelong residents of Maxwell, where their son, Greg Wells, was a 1988 Maxwell High School graduate. Greg Wells attended Butte College before obtaining a scholarship to the University of Arizona to play baseball.

Baseball runs in the blood. Austin is the oldest son of Greg and Michelle Wells. He has two younger brothers, Carson Wells, who is committed to USC next year to play baseball, and Mason who will be a senior at Bishop Gorman.

Austin, a left-handed hitter and catcher, graduated from the Las Vegashigh school powerhouse that is Bishop Gorman, and the University of Arizona. Wells has a long list of earned honors and awards, including 2020 Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll, Collegiate Baseball Second Team All American, and Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year.

“Kenny and I have watched Austin play baseball since he was a little boy with a wiffleball and bat,” said proud grandmother, Kathy Wells. “He has always had determination and a love for the game. As he got older, he developed a work ethic, a plan, and a dream. We are over the top proud of Austin! Love it when a dream comes true.”

Wells was first drafted by the Yankees in the 35th round of the 2018 draft, but he opted for college instead.

“We are very happy to get Austin Wells,” said Yankees vice president of amateur scouting, Damon Oppenheimer, on the day of the selection. “We thought he was one of the top hit-and-power combinations in the draft.”

Wells played in all 56 games for Arizona in 2019, batting a .353 with five homers and 60 RBI’s. This past season, which was cut short by the coronavirus, Wells batted .375 with two homers and 14 RBI’s, in 15 games. He was a draft-eligible sophomore because he will be 21 within 45 days of the draft.

“I’m a catcher,” Wells said Thursday, in a media conference call. “I want to be a catcher. And I know I’m definitely willing to do whatever it takes to get to the big leagues. So if it’s at another position, then I’ll just hit home runs at Yankee Stadium and play wherever they need me to!” ■

More News

Colusa County COVID-19 cases on the rise

The spike in Colusa County COVID-19 cases has forced Colusa County on Tuesday to move back into the most restrictive “purple” tier on Gov....

Sacramento Valley Mirror publisher dead at 77

Tim Crews, founder, publisher and editor of the Sacramento Valley Mirror in Willows, died on Thursday, Nov. 12., at Shasta Regional Medical Center, in...

Fair Board postpones Colusa Farm Show

The 56th annual Colusa Farm Show will not happen in February as usual, but the 44th District Agriculture Association hasn’t given up hope entirely...

County to help small farmers replace old tractors

Colusa County is looking to make good on its promise to find a way for small farming operations to participate in a state grant...

Colusa tree dedicated to longtime Colusa Tree Commissioner

Family and friends of the late Charles Whitcome Tuttle gathered in Will S. Green Park on Sunday as Colusa officials dedicated a tree in...

Local Government

What’s that smell? Colusa to crackdown on pot odors 

The smell emitted from marijuana  is something you either love or hate. But with Colusa-dwellers making their opinions of the pungent plant - which some...

County to help small farmers replace old tractors

Colusa County is looking to make good on its promise to find a way for small farming operations to participate in a state grant...

County to help small farmers replace old tractors

Colusa County is looking to make good on its promise to find a way for small farming operations to participate in a state grant...

Public & Legal Notices

City of Williams – Advertisement for Bids

CITY OF WILLIAMS WILLIAMS, CA WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SCHEDULE A - WATER METER REPLACEMENTS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Separate sealed Bids for the construction of the Water System Improvement...

Pierce Joint Unified School District – Public Notice

    PIERCE JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE PROPOSED ENERGY SERVICES CONTRACT 256.6 KW PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR PROJECT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on December 10, 2020 at 5:00...

FBN: Ariiasbtque

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT FILE NO. 2020-0000106 Date filed: November 17, 2020 The following persons are doing business as: ARIIASBTQUE Business Address: 133 9TH STREET, WILLIAMS CA 95987 Mailing Address:...

City of Colusa – Ordinance No. 533

CITY OF COLUSA ORDINANCE NO. 533 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUSA APPROVING PREZONING TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (M-1-PD, M-2-PD, AND P-F-PD) AND...

Colusa County Planning Commission – Notice of Public Hearing

COLUSA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Colusa County Planning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on December 2,...

Latest Headlines