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Local Boys Sign with Tucson Saguaros

p Brian Luebcke, left, and Tom McKenna, right, for the Tucson Saguaros. (Photo courtesy St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn Athletic Communications)
Brian Luebcke, left, and Tom McKenna, right, for the Tucson Saguaros. (Photo courtesy St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn Athletic Communications)

Fresh off completing their baseball careers at St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Brian Luebcke and Tom McKenna signed professional contracts to play this summer with the Tucson Saguaros of the Pecos League, an independent league based in the southwestern U.S.

The former Bears’ standouts became the first student-athletes in school history to continue playing professionally.

Luebcke, a graduate of Msgr. McClancy H.S., East Elmhurst, was named the 2016 Skyline Conference Player of the Year after hitting .389 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs to go along a 7-2 pitching record.

He is 5-3 though his first 14 appearances for Tucson – nine of which have been starts.

McKenna, a graduate of St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, holds St. Joe’s career hitting records in batting average (.377), on-base percentage (.451), hits (210), runs (161), triples (12), stolen bases (64) and total bases (303).

He is batting .262 with five home runs, seven doubles and 43 RBIs through his first 65 games with the Saguaros.

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