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NOTES: Las Vegas sophomore slugs majestic homers

Las Vegas High baseball star Bryce Harper is only a sophomore, but he continues to make quite an impression, even on the national level.

Harper recently competed in the International Power Showcase at Tropicana Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he hit a group of home runs that are sure to be remembered.

During one round of the home run contest, Harper hit six home runs that traveled an averaged 469 feet, including three that went 484 feet or more.

His longest went 502 feet, which was the longest in the contest.

“He had a great time, and he hit some memorable shots,” said Ron Harper, Bryce’s father. “And it was a lot of fun seeing him out there on a (pro) ballfield.”

Harper’s long shots all came using an aluminum bat, but Ron Harper said that doesn’t tarnish the feat. “It’s a metal bat, but I’ve seen him hit the ball 450, 460 feet with wood,” Ron Harper said. “Wood or aluminum, the kid was hitting some majestic shots.”

Harper was one of two sophomores invited to the event, joining Dante Bichette, the son of the former major leaguer by the same name.

BOULDER CITY STAR TO NATIONAL CAMP — Boulder City sophomore girls soccer standout Indiana Mead will participate in the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team training camp Jan. 28 through Feb. 6 in Sunrise, Fla.

It is the first camp in a two-year preparation cycle for the Under-17 national team that will compete in the 2010 Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

PILOTS SOAR — The Findlay Prep boys basketball team is 17-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation by Rivals High and No. 2 by USA Today.

The Pilots will travel to Dayton, Ohio, this weekend for the Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament, a three-day event featuring 24 teams.

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