Keegan Thompson recently started his junior year of high school at Cullman, but there aren’t too many people who are ready to forget his spectacular sophomore season.

The latest example of this observation occurred before Cullman High football’s 40-0 blowout victory against Hayden in the team’s region opener.

On the field, Thompson was recognized by his peers for all of his accomplishments, which includes numerous awards and selections to All-American teams. He was accompanied by Bearcats’ baseball coach Brent Patterson, as well as his parents, Phyllis and Jerry.

One of the biggest perks of the pregame ceremony for the young phenom was the fact he was finally able to receive the hardware he’s earned in the past year.

“It’s pretty nice,” Thompson said. “It’s fun to get the awards in front of the home crowd.”

After his sophomore season, he was named the Gatorade state Player of the Year, the first Cullman player to earn the honor. Thompson was also recently named to Louisville Slugger’s All-American first team and the All-American second team for Baseball America. He was also named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Region team for the southeast.

Lastly, he was recognized for his recent participation on the 16-and-under national team, which competed in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

Thompson said the U.S. coach told him he would be the team’s No. 1 starter before they left to compete, and he came up big in the clutch, pitching a complete game shutout to clinch the national championship.

“It meant a lot that he trusted me to start the game,” Thompson said.

Patterson said the win meant even more because it marked the United States’ sixth straight gold, and he couldn’t have been prouder of his star player.

“I don’t know if there’s a bigger honor,” the coach said. “It’s great for him and Cullman to be repped at that level.”

As the accolades continue to pile on, Thompson acknowledged that the pressure for him and his team to repeat their performance will be pretty high this next season.

“It will make us push even harder to outdo what we did,” he said.

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