Perry Pumas

    Senior pitcher Justin Still. Justin Still becomes 4th Puma to compete in AC Games
    August 7, 2020
    Senior southpaw Justin Still is on his way to Georgia to compete in the prestigious Area Code Games. Still becomes only the fourth Puma to ever represent PHS in the event (Tyler Watson, Trevor Hauver, and Dustin Crenshaw), and only the second pitcher to receive the honor.
    The 2019 PHS Pitcher of the Year, Still has made seven career varsity starts, has a career ERA of 3.33, has struck out 32 batters in 33.1 innings pitched. In the Covid-shortened 2020 campaign, he made three starts, had a 3.40 ERA and punched out 17 hitters while issuing only seven free passes. 
    "Justin has continued to improve over the past two seasons," head coach Damien Tippett said. "He is a workhorse and we couldn't be happier for [his selection to the AC Games]."
    Still will play for the Reds team, which has several players from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Still will be looking to replicate his performance from the Perfect Game National Showcase in Alabama this past June, when he pitched two perfect innings and punched out two hitters.
    Fans can tune in online to the Reds games at the Area Code website. The Reds play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (Ariz. time).

    Yankees select Hauver in third round of MLB draft
    Trevor Hauver (left) celebrates a home run with teammates Emery Miller and Coleman Roberts in 2017. June 12, 2020
    Former all state short stop Trevor Hauver's big league dreams came true yesterday during the 2020 Major League Baseball draft. 
    The New York Yankees selected Hauver in the third round (99th pick overall), citing Hauver's plate discipline and power potential as key reasons for the selection. Over the past three seasons, Hauver has been part of a potent lineup at Arizona State University, where he was able to draw more walks than strike outs while producing power numbers as good as any hitter in the country.
    Always a team-first player, Hauver moved to left field at ASU because the Sun Devils had a log-jam in the infield, but the Yankees plan to put him back in the infield, most likely at second base.
    At Perry, Hauver was a varsity starter at third base and short stop for three seasons (2015-17). By the end of his tenure, he made his mark on the school record books, and still holds records for RBI (49), base on balls (31), doubles (17), and OBP (.571); he is also in the top-5 in home runs (2nd), runs (3rd), slugging (3rd), and assists (2nd). 
    Hauver's selection marks the second time he has been selected in the MLB draft - he was taken by the Kansas City Royals after his senior campaign. If he signs with New York, he will become the fifth Puma to become a professional baseball player.

    Incoming frosh camp canceled 
    June 19, 2020
    It was a difficult decision, but our coaching staff has decided to cancel the incoming freshmen camp this summer. If you have any questions, please email tippett.damien@cusd80.com.

    2020 varsity highlight video

    Perry adjusting to sidelined season
    March 30, 2020
    By Obren Majencich
    Cronkite News
    Damien Tippett, head coach of Perry's baseball team, is appreciative of the AIA's stance during the coronavirus crisis.
    The AIA, the governing body of high school sports in Arizona, took a wait and see approach before cancelling all games Monday.
    Tippett said this period of uncertainty has been tough due to the heavy number of seniors on the team.
    "It's been really difficult especially with our team having 14 seniors," Tippett said. "It's unusual to have that many seniors. It's the most we ever had."

    Perry baseball looks forward to breakout season
    February 3, 2020
    By Obren Majencich
    Cronkite News
    "Barrel it up." That's one of the mantras for the Perry Pumas this season.
    After four consecutive seasons reaching the state playoffs, the Pumas are looking for a breakthough in 2020.
    Although the 2019 season ended on a sour note with the Pumas (15-11-1) losing to rivals Basha, 11-8, in the playoffs, the season overall provided a mix bag of results. The Pumas showcased an offense that can compete with any team while its pitching staff battled through injuried. 

    Fall wraps up for all levels
    December 1, 2019The 18U team after their win at Splinterfest
    The fall season is an exciting time for all levels of the PHS baseball program. In a two-month span, three teams represent the program in exhibition and tournament games throughout the Valley and Las Vegas. This fall was exciting on all levels.
    For the 18U team (11-3), the Pumas picked up where they left off from summer ball, where they won their final tournament in June. The team was comprised of 14 seniors, four juniors and two sophomores, and they played in two traditional tournaments as well as a round-robin event.
    At the Universal Classic, PHS won their pool before suffering a setback in the semi-finals. They would rebound in the Splinterfest, where they came back from an 0-2 start to win the tournament, beating Westwood and Liberty on the final day. 
    The Pumas wrapped up the fall with their annual trip to Las Vegas for the Diamondbacks Invitational, where they played Legacy, Arbor View, Rancho and Sierra Vista High Schools. The team went 3-1 on the weekend. Seniors Ryan Lucero, Jaron Nance and Trevor Desiderio, as well as sophomore Jaydan Israel lead the Pumas with 11 hits throughout the season, but the story of the team's success was its pitching staff, where the group of 12 pitchers tallied a 2.33 team ERA, striking out 110 and only allowing 58 base on balls. 
    For the 16U and 15U teams, they followed similar paths as the older club, making it to the semifinals or further in each tournament they played. For the 16's, their record was even more impressive since they competed in 18U events, as well as the Universal Classic. 
    All three teams will play at least once more in January after winter break before tryouts in February. The 18U and 16U teams will play at the Univ. of Arizona team camp Jan.10-12, and all three teams will play over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

    Pumas add Brian Broderick to coaching staff
    Pitching coach Brian Broderick August 28, 2019
    The Perry baseball staff has bolstered its coaching lineup this fall with the announcement of pitching coach Brian Broderick joining the staff.
    Broderick is a local product, having played in high school, junior college, college and professionally in Arizona. He played his prep baseball at Washington High School in Phoenix; he pitched for legendary coach Tony Cirelli at Mesa Communicty College before spending one season at Grand Canyon University.
    After a very good year with the Lopes, the St. Louis Cardinals selected him with their pick in the 21st round of the 2007 MLB draft. Broderick would make 320 professional pitching appearances and in 2011, while a member of the Washington Nationals, he made 11 apearances in the Major Leagues.
    In all, Broderick played parts of 10 seasons professionally with the Cardinals, Nationals and Kansas City Royals. He also played in the Arizona Fall League in 2010.
    Broderick becomes only the second pitching coach in school history; head coach Damien Tippett has filled that role since 2008, and is "excited to let Brian take what we've started here and take our pitchers to a new level.
    "He is a high-character guy who is an excellent teacher," Tippett said. "He shares many of the same values we hold here at Perry. I think it is really going to be a perfect fit here."
    Broderick becomes the second Puma coach with professional playing experience. Assistant coach Cody Ransom played 11 years in the Majors, and is entering his third season in the program.