Brad Rolff, a 2011 Yosemite High School graduate and two-year standout with the West Hills Community College baseball team, will play this year for Minot State University in Minot, N.D.
After his back-to-back North Sequoia League all-league selections under Yosemite coach John McMillen, Rolff played two years for coach Mike Curran at West Hills in Coalinga. While at West Hills, Rolff earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and was named the team's Golden Glove award winner and Most Valuable Player last spring after batting .308.
"Brad was a three year starter for us and the kind of player who always came through when needed," McMillen said. "He is a great kid and will make us all proud to say we had a chance to coach him. We wish him the best at Minot State."
West Hills Falcons, part of the Central Valley Conference, finished conference play last year 9-15, tied for fourth with Reedley Community College.
Rolff primarily played third base and catcher and assistant coach JR Dwyer said he had the athletic ability to play almost any position on the team.
"Brad's versatility is what made him such an asset to out team,"Dwyer said. "He's a really good athlete."
Minot State, a school with an enrollment of about 3,000, is coached by Brock Weppler. He begins his sixth season with the Beavers, after going 15-23 last season, 7-17 in conference.
"I love the small size of the school ... everyone knows everyone and I'm excited to play baseball for Minot," Rolff said.
Rolff feels he is the front-runner for the starting third base job on the team.
Schools on Minot's schedule this season include Wayne State College, Upper Iowa University, University of Sioux Falls, Montana State University-Billings, North Dakota State University, Winona University and Bemidji State.
The team travels to Arizona in February for a tournament to kick-off the season.
Rolff, 5-feet-11, 170 pounds, is majoring in biology and is currently living with his older brother, former YHS quarterback Chris Rolff, who graduated in 2006 and is currently stationed at Minot Air Force Base.
"Living with my brother again after three years apart, is great" Rolff said.
The brothers are the sons of John and Staci Rolff.