Perry Pumas

    Incoming FROSH night cancelled
    March 31, 2020
    As part of the COVID-19 school closeures, all CUSD high schools have cancelled their annual incoming freshmen athletic nights (which was slated for April 1 at PHS).
    All incoming PHS freshmen who are interested in learning more about the baseball program and potential for the frosh summer team, please email head coach Damien Tippett at tippett.damien@cusd80.com

    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."

    Registration for Crushing Cancer Clinic now open!
    Jacob Medina in 2018. #JacobStrong March 9, 2020
    Please join us for our annual baseball camp to support a local family battling cancer. Registration is free. We are asking families to donate whatever they can to help support former Puma Jacob Medina in his battle against Leukemia. 
    WHO: Boys and girls in grades 1-8
    WHEN: Mar. 16, 17, 18
    WHERE: PHS varsity baseball field
    TIME: 8-10 a.m.
    COST: Free (donations accepted)
    Find out camp and enroll.
    Online registration required. Walk ups cannot be accepted.
    QUESTIONS: Email tippett.damien@cusd80.com

    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. 

    Wil Schommer scores a run during the state championship game in 2011. 2011 grad Wil Schommer returns as JV head coach
    July 20, 2019
    One of Perry's most fierce competitors has returned to his alma mater to begin his high school coaching career.
    Wil Schommer last suited up in his No. 7 cardinal jersey in the 2011 5A-II state championship game. During his senior year, the infielder helped lead the Pumas to their first ever playoff appearance; in five post-season games, Schommer hit .429 as the team's third baseman, and fielded .890.
    After graduation, he continued his playing career at Austin College (TX), where he hit .313 during his senior campaign. A slick-fielding shortstop, Schommer completed his college career with a .901 fielding percentage. 
    After earning his college degree, he began working in youth baseball. He workied with all age groups, including a stint as the head coach of a successful club team.
    Now looking to begin a career in education, Schommer will take over the reins of the PHS junior varsity program, becoming the sixth JV head coach in school history. He joins former PHS catcher Jake Jones (freshman head coach) as an alumni who is a head coach, and is the fourth former Puma to coach at PHS.