Prescott High School Athletic Hall of Fame: Major leaguer Pridie head of Badgers' 2011 induction class
PRESCOTT - Current New York Mets outfielder and former Prescott High School three-sport standout Jason Pridie tops the list of eight one-time Badgers athletes who will be inducted into the PHS Athletic Hall of Fame this week.
Track and field sprinter/jumper and soccer player Maddison Sparks; wrestler Jonathan Mazon; cross country runner, track and field hurdler/sprinter and basketball player Stan Goligoski; and football, basketball and track stars William Kenson, Pete Starkey, Rich Tenney and Manuel Leyva complete the list of 2011 inductees.
Prescott High's athletic department will pay tribute to these individuals during halftime of the Badgers football team's home contest against Phoenix Moon Valley Friday night at Bill Shepard Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Pridie, who is finishing out the 2011 regular season with the Mets, is the lone hall of fame entrant who will not attend Friday's ceremony.
What follows is a breakdown of each enshrined athlete's accomplishments at PHS.
Jason Pridie: baseball, football, basketball (1999-2002) - One of the most decorated baseball players in Prescott history, Pridie led the Badgers program to its first Class 4A state championship in 2002.
That season, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year and Arizona High School Baseball Player of the Year for his efforts.
From 1999-2002, Pridie recorded two all-time Badgers baseball records that still stand, including most career hits (189) and most career triples (28). During his junior year in 2001, Pridie blistered 10 triples, which remains a PHS single-season best.
However, Pridie was equally impressive in football, leading the Badgers in scoring from 1999-2001.
In 2000, he became the only Prescott player in the 101-year-old program's history to register points in every scoring category, including rushing, receiving, field goals, extra points, 2-point conversions and a defensive return.
The next season, in 2001, Pridie etched his name in the football record books as PHS's all-time leading scorer with 245 points en route to being selected to the coaches' All-State team.
He also played basketball for one season, during his senior year in 2002, earning second team all-region honors.
Today, nine years after graduating from Prescott High, Pridie has realized a dream of his as a regular roster player with a major league baseball team.
After toiling in the minors for years and seeing limited playing time with the Minnesota Twins from 2008-10 - at least in part because of a nagging hamstring injury he suffered this past season - Pridie has proven he can play with the big boys.
Through Monday, as an outfielder with the Mets, Pridie had played in 90 games, compiling a .228 batting average (41-for-180), including eight doubles and four home runs, to go along with 20 RBIs and six stolen bases.
Maddison Sparks: track, soccer (2001-04) - A letter winner in girls' soccer from 2001-04, Sparks was a first team all-region pick and a 4A All-State honorable mention selection as a senior.
But her biggest successes came in track and field. In 2003, Sparks took runner-up in the long jump, 400m and 4x400m relay at the Wells Fargo Region meet before moving on to finish fifth at state in both the 400m and the long jump.
Sparks triumphantly returned in 2004 to win region and state titles in the long jump.
Jonathan Mazon: wrestling (2002) - A Wells Fargo Region champion and 4A state runner-up for his weight classification in 2002, Mazon compiled a 35-5 overall record and led the Badgers team in points.
Stan Goligoski: track, basketball, cross country (1990-92) - Goligoski's solid times in the hurdles and as a member of the 4x400m relay team still hold top 10 places in Prescott's all-time track and field record book.
He is listed sixth in the 110m hurdles (14.95) and seventh in the 300m hurdles (39.99), while he and his 4x400m team are seventh (3:25.43).
In 1991 and 1992, Goligoski won back-to-back Skyline Region titles in the 110m hurdles. Also in 1992, he snagged region championships in the 300m hurdles and as part of the Badgers' 4x400m relay team. That same year at the state meet, he placed fifth in the 110m hurdles.
In addition, Goligoski played basketball in 1991 and 1992. A starting letterman in 1991, he went on to garner honorable mention All-Skyline Region honors the following winter.
Goligoski also earned letters in cross country in 1990 and 1991.
William Kenson: football, basketball, track (1951-54)* - Kenson was a letterman in football from 1951-53. But his breakout year came in 1953, when he led the Badgers football team in scoring with seven touchdowns. Kenson was subsequently named an Arizona All-Star and claimed a spot on the honorable mention All-State team.
He also played basketball, lettering in 1953 before breaking out as PHS's leading scorer the following season, in 1954.
Kenson dabbled in track and field as well, competing in the long jump and relay in 1952 and 1953.
Pete Starkey: football, basketball, track (1951-54)* - Starkey, who played football, basketball and track with Kenson, also earned Arizona All-Star status and was an honorable mention All-State pick in football in 1953.
In 1952 and 1953, Starkey was a starting letterman for the Badgers football team, although he did letter in 1951. In addition, he lettered for the basketball squad as a starter in 1953 and 1954, maturing into PHS's leading rebounder in the latter season.
In track, Starkey gained letterman status in 1952 and 1953. He saw the most success in his first season, tying the school record in the 120 hurdles at the Prescott Invitational and running the 180 low hurdles.
Rich Tenney: football, basketball, track (1992-95) - A 4A first team all-region defensive selection in 1993 and 1994, Tenney doubled as a talented running back.
In 1994, Tenney earned second team all-region honors as an RB after he scored a team-high nine TDs for the Badgers. That season he captured 4A honorable mention All-State accolades as well.
In addition, Tenney lettered in basketball in 1994 and 1995 and lettered in track from 1993-95.
A sprinter, Tenney still holds PHS's seventh-best time in the 100m with an 11.34.
Manuel Leyva: football, basketball, track (1949-52)* - Leyva was a Badgers football letter winner from 1949-52, including the last three years as a starter. In 1952, he competed in the Arizona All-Star Game.
He also lettered in basketball for three seasons, from 1950-52, and started in the final two campaigns.
For one year, in 1952, Leyva was a letterman in track. That year, he nabbed third place in the shot put at the triangular meet.
* = It should be noted that in the early 1950s, high school coaches did not pick all-conference teams