Perry Pumas  

    Senior CJ Valdez Valdez, 6 others earn post-season awards
    May 24, 2019
    This spring, senior shortstop/pitcher CJ Valdez wrapped up an impressive career as a Puma. A four-year letter winner, Valdez had a monumental senior campaign, leading the Pumas (15-11-1) to the second round of the 6A state tournament and cementing his place in the PHS record books as well.
    In a rain-shortened season, Valdez added his name to the top-5 list in three offensive records, including 4th place for RBI (33). After a power-surge in 2019, he is now the PHS record-holder in home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.889).
    Those numbers, as well as a stellar season at short stop and on the mound - where he tallied a 0.67 ERA as the team's closer - earned Valdez recognition from numerous outlets. He continued Perry's streak of having an All State player (6 years), and represented the Pumas in the 6A All Star Game. 
    Along with Valdez, six other Pumas earned post-season recorgnition, including:
    BCA All State
    CJ Valdez, 2nd Team
    All 6A Conference
    CJ Valdez, 1st team
    BCA All Star
    Kasin Alexander
    CJ Valdez
    Connor Abernethy (academic) 
    All CUSD
    Brycen Tambone, 1st Team
    CJ Valdez, 1st Team
    Kasin Alexander, honorable mention
    Trenton Pallas, honorable mention
    All Premier Region
    Brycen Tambone, 1st Team
    CJ Valdez, 1st Team
    Kasin Alexander, 2nd Team
    Trenton Pallas, 2nd Team
    Connor Abernethy, honorable mention
    Zach de Hondol, honorable mention
    All Academic Team
    Connor Abernethy
    Kasin Alexander
    Dustin Crenshaw
    Trenton Pallas
    CJ Valdez

    Varsity's bats hot to begin 2019 campaignSenior Michael Zinter (photo by Annie Brown).
    By Abby Knoblock
    the Precedent
    March 4, 2019
    For a team who is replacing ten seniors from the class of 2018, this year's baseball team has shown that they have not skipped a beat.
    The Pumas, who went 16-13 a year ago and made an early playoff exit at the hands of soon-to-be 6A runners up Mountain Ridge, want another shot of hanving an excellent season this year.
    With Perry's baseball team competing in the 6A Premier Region, they face a lot of challenging teams throughout the season. "Our schedule is crazy-tough," head coach Damien Tippett said. "Just focusing on our region, every team is the real-deal this year."

    Four seniors sign celebrated on signing day
    Adam Parra signed with Central Arizona College. CJ Valdez signed with the University of Northern Colorado. Michael Zinter signed with Scottsdale Community College
    Caden Christopherson signed with TCU (golf).
    November 25, 2018
    The PHS athletic department celebrated its fall signing day by sending four baseball players to the stage to sign their national letters of intent. Infielder/pitchers CJ Valdez and Adam Parra, outfielder Michael Zinter, and pitcher Caden Christopherson all signed to their respective colleges.
    A four-year letter-winner, Valdez has been a mainstay in the Puma infield since his sophomore year. The two-way player received ALL CUSD and All Premier Region honors as a junior and committed to play at the University of Northern Colorado.
    Known for his big arm, Parra was recruited by multiple schools and ultimately decided to commit to Central Arizona College. Parra made his varsity debut as a sophomore and was a starter and first baseman in 2018.
    Zinter saw some success during his junior campaign but has really elevated his game since the conclusion of the '18 season. The switch-hitting centerfielder committed to Scottsdale Community College.
    The 2018 PHS multip-sport athlete of the year, varsity pitcher of the year, All CUSD and All Premier Region hurler Christopherson committed to continue his collegiate athletic career on the golf course instead of the pitcher's mound. The senior pitcher is heading to Texas Christian University to golf for the Horned Frogs.

    Junior CJ Valdez Varsity season comes to end in 6A second round; five players earn postseason honors

    By Asher Laufenburger
    the Precedent
    May 22, 2018
    The varsity baseball team fought hard all year, wrapping their season with a 16-13 record and a second-round exit of the 6A playoffs.
    Third-year head coach Damien Tippett said the 2018 team was "one of the most fun teams" he had ever coached. he noted that the Pumas were "tough and resilient."