The Class of 2020 will have some very unusual memories to reflect on at reunions for years to come, but for now the moment, with sports officially over, there is graduation to think about.
Luke Fredrick is one of those seniors who played their final game in a Badger uniform back in March.
“It was over so quickly and we could do nothing about it,” said Fredrick. “We were all looking forward to a great season, and knew we had the talent to compete for the region championship this year.”
Fredrick has been playing baseball for 11 years now, and had this to say about the experience. “Personally the game impacted my life in a huge way. This season was all I looked forward to going into my senior year and having that taken away is upsetting, because this is a year I’ve worked so long to be apart of. The season being cancelled is a huge disappointment to all of us.“
Being a senior, you come into the season realizing it is your last year as a Badger. How did you approach it? “I pushed myself really hard this off season to become the player I want to be, and I wanted our team to make a run in state because I knew we had the talent.“
What are your plans for the immediate future? Fredrick said, “After looking over my offers, I’ve decided to go play baseball at Gateway CC in Phoenix.“
Fredrick had this to say about his skipper. “Also I would like to say that Coach Winslow is the best Coach all of us have ever had, and it’s hard having our time cut short with him as well.”
#17 Rhett Pearce
Badger baseball coach Kent Winslow had this to say about his eight seniors. “Luke was a four year letterman. He was primarily a reliever his freshmen year, sophomore year and junior year relieved and played outfield, this year was projected to be Number one of three starting pitchers and play centerfield again. Great kid, wonderful work ethic, led simply by the way he worked on the field and in the weight room.“
Two year starter at catcher was Ashton Hubbs. Winslow said, “Ashton was converted from outfield to catcher his Sophomore year and was one of the best I've coached at Prescott. He was great with younger catchers, a very unselfish player.”
Korey Schwartz was a three year letterman and starter. “Korey had a great year last year offensively, and I have no doubt he was going to improve on it this year”, said Winslow. Schwartz played first base and was a reliever his sophomore and junior years, and was one of the three starting pitchers this year.
#44 Korey Schwartz
Jacob Police was a three year starter, and played mostly infield positions, and pitched during his 3 years on varsity. Winslow said, “Jacob was one of our three starting pitchers this year and play shortstop. He is a very gifted athlete and was developing into a very strong leader.”
Ethan Pena was a two year starter, was the Badgers’ second baseman this year. Winslow said, “Ethan was an outstanding defensive player. Very versatile, played outfield last year and had played all infield positions“.
Another three year letterman is Colby MacBeth. Playing 3rd, 1st and right field this year, Macbeth showed great improvement at the plate this year. Winslow said, “Colby is a very unselfish, team player, and would literally do whatever was best for the team.”
Rhett Pearce was a two year starter in right field and played centerfield when Luke pitched this year. “Rhett has great instincts in the outfield and was the most improved hitter the last two years. He also has incredible speed”, said Winslow.
The most improved defensive player over the last two seasons as a starter and letterman in left field was Cooper Wells. Winslow said, “Cooper was the most improved defensive player over the last two years and was off to a good start this year at the plate.”
#34 Jacob Police
School administrators are working on plans for a traditional commencement ceremony that would take place at Bill Shepard Field, along with Grad Night, sometime in August.
Prescott High School Principal Mark Goligoski said, “We are grateful for all the love and support the community had shown for our graduating seniors. This certainly wasn’t how anyone planned for an ending to high school for these hard working students.”
On May 22, which was originally scheduled as Graduation Day, PUSD will be sharing a celebration video honoring the graduates. Goligoski said, “We are asking all students, parents, family members, teachers, community leaders, and administrators to upload videos, images, and messages fro our senior video.”
Banners are being hung up around town to acknowledge the graduates and yard signs of each senior are being printed and donated by Sir Speedy. “Thank you Danielle Rickert at Sir Speedy and the PUSD Education Foundation for this generous gift,” added Goligoski. “
Community members can participate in the Facebook Adopt-A-Senior Program to show support for graduating seniors in the Tri-City Area. Join the Facebook group of “Tri-City AZ and adopt a High School Senior c/o 2020”, to adopt a senior, or add your graduating child for adoption.
#15 Luke Fredrick