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Wa-Hi to honor O'Flaherty

WALLA WALLA -- Eric O'Flaherty fans have the chance to meet the Atlanta Braves reliever and get their memorabilia autographed by the left-hander at the Wa-Hi boys basketball game against Kamiakin tonight.

The event, the first of the Big Blue Boosters' new alumni awards honoring former Blue Devils who went on to professional athletic careers, includes a presentation to O'Flaherty of a framed Wa-Hi baseball jersey with plaque prior to the 7:30 p.m. game.

Tonight's event will be followed by a similar presentation to former Blue Devils and pro football players Drew Bledsoe and Dean Derby at halftime of Wa-Hi's home game against Eisenhower on Jan. 29.

O'Flaherty, a 2003 Wa-Hi graduate, will be available to sign memorabilia during the game, Big Blue Boosters past president Scott Krivoshein said.

"The Big Blue Boosters felt we haven't done anything for the seven pro players that went through this (Wa-Hi's) system," Krivoshein said of the presentations. "It was sad we had no memorabilia for them. And we wanted to make sure the guys know they are appreciated for their pro -- as well as high school and college -- careers."

The Big Blue Boosters are having a new display case built, which will house memorabilia from Wa-Hi grads who continued their athletic endeavors into college and beyond. The exact qualifications for inclusion are still being hammered out, Krivoshein said.

O'Flaherty was 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA, striking out 39 and walking just 18, in 78 relief outings for the Atlanta Braves in 2009.