Finished fifth on the team in hitting in the fall practice period... Defense behind the plate continued to improve under the tutelage of the Rice coaches... Always looking to improve his skills.
Wayne Graham said -- "John is a good freshman prospect as a catcher. He may see significant playing time. He's one of the hardest workers we have, and he hit well during the fall."
2007 graduate of nearby Lamar High School... First team 5A all-state selection by the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2007... Two-time first team all-District 20-5A honoree... Coached by Mike McGilvray.
Full Name: John Howard Hale... Born: March 19, 1989 in Austin, Texas... Family: Clint and Lily Wells, Russell Hale (two sisters)... College: Jones.