Perry Pumas

    Senior catcher Carter Richey.Carter Richey named Arizona Republic POY finalist
    June 6, 2021
    The post-season honors keep rolling in for catcher Carter Richey. On Memorial Day weekend, he represented the 6A South team in the AzBCA All Star Game, and a week later, the Arizona Republic has named the senior as one of 12 finalists for the All-Arizona Player of the Year.
    In a condensed season, Richey did not hold back. He was the Pumas' leading hitter, collecting 28 hits, 21 singles, four doubles, a triple, and two home runs. In addition, he drove in 19 runs, scored eight (he was a rare catcher who ran his own bases for much of the season), drew 12 walks, and stole three bases. He hit a school-record .483, and 1.259 OPS. 
    In May, he was named the 6A Premier Region Offensive Player of the Year, All-CUSD first team, and his teammates voted him the unanimous MVP for the '21 campaign. He also served as one of the team's captains - an honor voted on by his teammates.
    "Carter embraced his opportunity to lead our team this year," head coach Damien Tippett said. "Nobody worked harder, and nobody bought into the program more than Carter. He has left a legacy. He is an all-time great Puma."

    2021 varsity highlight video

    Season comes to a close with annual banquet
    May 20, 2021The 2021 varsity team.
    The 2021 season officially wrapped up this week with the annual banquet. For the first time, the banquet was held on the field and the booster club really did a great job to make it a first-class event.
    More than 200 people enjoyed the evening in the left-field grass. The freshmen and junior varsity teams were honored by their respective coaches, head coach Damien Tippett honored the players across the program who earned 3.5 GPAs and above, including several members of the varsity team who earned the AIA Dr. Voie award for academics, as well as senior Broc Williams for winning the Character Matters Athlete of the Year award.
    The coaches then honored the 16 underclassmen who lettered, including all-region and All CUSD players Luke Hinze, Stephen Hernandez, Cade Lacy, Zack Agnew, Nik Miller, and Gavin Noreus. Next, the coaches honored all four seniors: Carter Richey, Cinch Smith, Justin Still, and Williams.
    To wrap up the evening, Tippett announced the team's annual awards:
    Defensive Player of the Year: Luke Hinze
    Pitcher of the Year: Justin Still
    Puma Award: Broc Williams
    MVP: Carter Richey
    The Pumas don't have much time to rest: summer camp and summer league will begin on May 28. All incoming freshmen and sophomores should already be registered for camp, with the future 9th graders having already been contacted for a parent meeting later this week.

    Junior Stephen Hernandez drives a ball against Pinnacle. Postseason report: 8 Pumas earn 2021 honors
    May 19, 2021
    The 2021 season saw the Pumas continue their playoff streak to seven years, and eight players earned All CUSD and All Premier Region honors. Perry was lead by senior catcher Carter Richey, who was named the region's Offensive Player of the Year. Richey hit a team record .483, and also lead the Pumas in hits (28) and RBI (19). In addition, Richey finished the season with the highest batting average and OBP (.569) in the region, second in slugging (.690), and fifth in RBI.
    Two-thirds of the outfield also earned All Region 1st team honors: juniors Stephen Hernandez and Luke Hinze. 
    A variety of others earned 2nd team All Region honors, including senior pitcher Justin Still, junior third baseman Cade Lacy, and sophomore pitcher Zack Agnew. Rounding out the honors were another pair of juniors: shortstop Gavin Noreus and closer Nik Miller, who each earned honorable mention. All players were also named to the All CUSD team. For those results, see below. 
    Lastly, Richey was named to the AzBCA 6A All Star Game, to be played on May 30 at Goodyear Ballpark.To see how the Pumas compared to others in the region, click here.
    1st Team: Carter Richey, Stephen Hernandez, Luke Hinze
    Honorable Mention: Zack Agnew, Cade Lacy, Nik Miller, Gavin Noreus, Justin Still
    Offensive POY: Carter Richey
    1st Team: Stephen Hernandez, Luke Hinze
    2nd Team: Zack Agnew, Cade Lacy, Justin Still
    Honorable Mention: Nik Miller, Gavin Noreus

    RING OF HONOR:Ring of Honor inductee: Jacob Medina (2019).
    Pumas to induct first member to Ring of Honor April 20
    April 16, 2021
    The Perry Baseball program will induct Jacob Medina as its first member to the Pumas' Ring of Honor at 3:45 on April 20. The pre-game ceremony will honor the 2019 grad who passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2020.
    Medina was an athletic outfielder and pitcher for the Pumas who worked hard and always brought positive energy to the team. During the pre-game ceremony, the team will unveil an outfield sign honoring Medina.

    Incoming athlete info night slated for April 7Perry baseball incoming athlete night is April 7!

    March 25, 2021
    The annual incoming athlete information night is scheduled for April 7 at 6 p.m. in John Wrenn Stadium. All future Pumas and their families should attend the important evening. We will provide information about our summer program and what to expect for the next school year.
    Masks will be required
    If you have questions, please email us here.

    Justin Still becomes 4th Puma to compete in Area Code Games
    Senior pitcher Justin Still.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.

    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."

    The 18U team after their win at Splinterfest 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.