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 A historic day: four baseball players sign national letters of intent
Austin Bull addresses the audience at Wednesday's National Signing Day ceremony while Ryne Edmondson, Jeremy McCuin and Tyler Watson. Photo by Emma Fernandez
November 12, 2014
The baseball team made history on Wednesday as they were the first program on campus to ever have four NCAA division-I commits on one team, according to athletic director Jennifer Burks. 
Seniors Austin Bull, Ryne Edmondson, Jeremy McCuin and Tyler Watson each signed with their respective universities, making them the first baseball players to sign on National Signing Day since Connor Jones committed to Villanova in 2010.
Two of the seniors will study and play in the Valley: Bull will attend Grand Canyon and McCuin will attend Arizona State. Edmondson will head to the campus of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Watson will go west to Loyola Marymont University in Los Angeles. 
Each of the four players have been integral parts of the varsity team since their sophomore year, according to head coach Shane Hilstrom. Bull, however, is the only player in Puma history to be an everyday starter since his freshman year - a feat Hilstrom noted is extremely rare in baseball.
In all, this core group of Pumas has seen a lot of success since coming to Perry, winning 35 games in the last two years alone, and they all look to be legitimate contenders for a state title in 2015.

Toughest league in America? Perry makes MaxPreps top-10 list
Photo by Dawn Monte
July 28, 2015

In an article published in May, writer Kevin Askeland examined the best high school baseball programs in the nation and their leagues/sections.
Making an appearance on his list are the usual suspects from California, Texas and Florida, but the lone Arizona section to make the list is Division-I, Section-II: the league the Pumas play in. In all, Section-II finished sixth on the list and from the looks of things, the league is only going to be stronger in 2015.
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PHS well-represented in post season awards

Junior Jeremy McCuin. Photo by: Taylor Singleton June 18, 2014

The end of a hard-fought season has its rewards, and for several Perry baseball players, their contributions to the 17-win season has been recognized.
Junior shortstop Jeremy McCuin, 1st Team
Senior pitcher Kyle Huckaby, 1st Team
Senior outfielder Brady Hettinger, 1st Team
Junior first baseman Tyler Watson, 1st Team
Junior second baseman Austin Bull, 2nd Team
Junior shortstop Jeremy McCuin, 2nd Team
Junior shortstop Jeremy McCuin, Honorable Mention
Pitcher Kyle Huckaby
Outfielder Brady Hettinger 

Pumas defeat Broncos to win Kipper Summer Invitational

Kipper_champs2014 June 8, 2014
The Perry baseball team and Brophy exchanged the lead five times in the championship game at the Mountain Pointe Kipper Invitational on Sunday, but the Pumas ended up on top with a 9-4 win over the Broncos.
The Pumas pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. PHS went up for good on an RBI single by third baseman Colton Guilliams, driving in Tayt Smith. 
Wacy Crenshaw had a career day, driving home five RBIs, three of which came from a crucial three-run home run in the third inning. With PHS trailing 4-0 and runners at second and third, Crenshaw launched a fastball over the right field wall to bring the Pumas within a run. 
They would later tie the game after first baseman Tyler Watson drove home shortstop Jeremy McCuin.
Justin Bair got the start for Perry, throwing five innings and allowing four runs on five hits. Jon Holler relieved Bair in the sixth, striking out three and earning the win. 
The Pumas tournament team will take the week off before traveling to the Hamilton/Corona tournament in two weeks.
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Seniors Hettinger and Huckaby to represent PHS in senior All Star Game

May 25, 2014
Seniors Brady Hettinger and Kyle Huckaby were voted by Arizona baseball coaches to the annual senior All Star game at Surprise Stadium on June 1.
Both Hettinger and Huckaby have been regulars in head coach Shane Hilstrom's lineup since their sophomore seasons, and were instrumental in getting the Pumas back to the playoffs in 2014.
In 2014, Hettinger was among the team's best hitters (.378, 7 doubles, 2 HR and 15 RBI). He lead the team in stolen bases (16), the second most in school history).
Huckaby had a stellar senior campaign in the outfield and on the mound. Huckaby cracked the top-5 in 10 school pitching records, and tied for the most wins in school history (6). His 2.94 ERA was good for fifth best all time.

Senior Tylor Kerpan

Season Recap: Lots of positives in '14 campaign

May 19, 2014
By Ashley Elliott
After a scary, six game losing streak, the Pumas made a comeback, winning four of their next five games.
Head coach Shane Hillstrom said, “You lose six in a row, it’s real easy to quit, you know what I mean, and the kids didn’t quit…we all just started playing better, together.”
They ended up as the nineteenth seed out of the 24 schools that make playoffs. Even though they lost against Sunnyslope 10-4 in the first round of the playoffs, the season was positive overall with a 17-11 record. - See more at:

No. 19 Pumas set for first round game at No. 14 Sunnyslope this Saturday at 11 a.m. 

Junior infielder Jeremy McCuin.

Baseball's ambidextrous advantage

April 25, 2014

By Ashley Elliott

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Imagine being in one class and writing with your right hand and going to the next class and writing with your left. While that might seem like a disaster waiting to happen, this is the type of dynamic some of the hitters on the varsity baseball team use to benefit them at the plate.
The ability to hit from either the right or left side of the plate is called switch-hitting, which is a rare feat in today’s game. It makes the hitter immune to situational pitching late in the game. by eliminating the pitcher’s advantage by moving to the other batter’s box, thus increasing his comfort level and improving his vision from the once-tough sidearm pitcher. - See more at

Senior Kyle Huckaby

Tonight's game against Basha to be broadcast online

April 24, 2014
The annual Val Vista Rivalry game against Basha will once again take place at Salt River Field in Scottsdale.
In each of the past two meetings at SRF, the Pumas and Bears have battled for post-season positioning, with the Pumas winning in each game (both in extra innings).
The Pumas are entering the game at 15-9, having won their last two contests; the Bears are 11-12 and are currently riding a four-game winning streak.
Admission and parking is free at the stadium. Tonight's game will also be broadcasted by the PHS Television Productions students on  


Baseball team excited about new season

Junior Austin Bull bunts for a hit.
Feb. 14, 2014
By Ashley Elliott and Paige Coakley
With head coach Shane Hilstrom entering his eighth season at the helm of the baseball program, the boys are preparing for another hit season. With last year’s record of 18-10, the Pumas face another “brutal” schedule, according to Hilstrom.
For the first time, Perry will open its season at home on Feb. 26 against Pinnacle. Including the Pioneers, the Pumas’ schedule is full of 2013 playoff teams, such as Boulder Creek, Desert Ridge, Hamilton, Mountain Pointe and Corona del Sol.
Even with that schedule, the coach says as long as his players unite, they can achieve their ultimate goal of returning to the playoffs. - See more at