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4/9/2012 11:18:00 PM
Prescott softball completes season sweep of rival Bradshaw
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Bradshaw’s Kristen Jensen slides around the tag of Prescott catcher Gracie Lackey as the Bradshaw Mountain Lady Bears hosted crosstown rival Prescott Lady Badgers in a softball matchup Monday afternoon. The Lady Badgers came out on top by a score of 8-2.
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Bradshaw’s Kristen Jensen slides around the tag of Prescott catcher Gracie Lackey as the Bradshaw Mountain Lady Bears hosted crosstown rival Prescott Lady Badgers in a softball matchup Monday afternoon. The Lady Badgers came out on top by a score of 8-2.
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Bradshaw Mountain and Prescott High Schools hooked up again in a softball battle Monday in Prescott Valley. Prescott came out out on top by a score of 8-2.
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The Prescott High softball team beat crosstown rival Bradshaw Mountain for the second time this year in the teams' final meeting of the regular season, 8-2, Monday in Prescott Valley.

The Badgers (15-6) were led by starting pitcher Abby Boaz, who gave up four hits, two earned runs and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings.

Prescott defeated Bradshaw, 6-0, on April 3.

Terra Stults pitched all seven inning for the Bears, giving up seven hits and three walks.

BMHS had 10 errors in the game and gave up an earned run.

Badger Kylie Holliday went 3 for 5 from the plate with 2 RBIs, while Reeda McCarty finished 3 for 4.

Tory Bigelow was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Bradshaw's Christina Fritts and Lacie Denny each had an RBI.

PHS hosts Sedona Red Rock Thursday at Pioneer Park. Game time is 3:45 p.m.

BMHS (11-11) travels to play Apollo Wednesday at 4 p.m.



Sedona 9, Chino Valley 7

The Chino Valley softball team lost to Sedona Red Rock, 9-7, Monday afternoon in Sedona.

The Cougars (8-3) had 12 hits in the game, but left 12 runners on base, as they gave up a 7-3 lead.

Sedona scored three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings in the comeback win.

Kendra Fisher led Chino from the plate, going 3 for 4 with two triples.

The Cougars travel to play a doubleheader Friday against Williams.



Prep Baseball

Boulder Creek 14, Prescott High 9

The Prescott High baseball team fell into a deep hole early in the game and couldn't find its way out, losing to Boulder Creek, 13-9, Monday afternoon in Anthem.

The Badgers (11-11) gave up nine runs in the first two innings and trailed 11-4 after three frames.

Cade Jacobs started the game on the mound, but was pulled after 1 1/3 innings.

Mike Pirante relieved Jacobs and gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

PHS battled back to within two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Boulder Creek pulled away late.

Clayton Lackey went 3 for 3 from the plate with a home run and 2 RBIs, while JJ Robertson finished 3 for 5 with an RBI and a double.

Prescott hosts Cactus Shadows Friday at 4 p.m.



Chino Valley 13, Sedona 1

The Chino Valley baseball team dominated Sedona Red Rock, 13-1, in five innings Monday in Chino Valley.

The Cougars (15-3) received excellent pitching from Jordan Cuka, who gave up one unearned run, five hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

Josh Custodio went 2 for 2 from the plate with 3 RBIs, while Jeremiah Moeller finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored.

Tanner Knight was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2012
Article comment by: To R. Packer

WOW Bro, You hit the nail on the HEAD.
Let me first start by saying that its to bad that the only people that are suffering are the players. NOW lets get real-If you, your family, your friends, or your fans (ri badger 22) did not originally start this mess, the PHS Varsity Softball Team, coaches, families, fans, other coaches would not be involved in this situation. Why would somebody start something this close to the end of the season unless they wanted to get their last jab at THE TEAM before they moved on to greener pastures. NOW, lets get to the nail that you hit dead on. Your partial quote "let the best players play"-does this include players that have double digit fielding errors in a short season? If so, what's your point? That's a lot of errors, especially given the talent level of the teams that PHS is playing. Players with 10, 15, 20 errors should not be starting defensive players. What does "MONEY" have to do with high school softball?? I am totally lost on what that part of your statement means.
Hopefully the coaching staff is able to pull the Team together and make a run in the playoffs without any outside interference or internal team member distractions.
GOOD LUCK PHS SOFTBALL!


Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2012
Article comment by: @ RENAN PACKER

Exactly ! However posting on this older article will never see the light of day. The so called coach is already posting on a much more recent article . I believe in your words , but as long as an active coach is going to do so alongside a family member , the dirt will never remain on the ground . Good Luck ..

Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Article comment by: Renan Packer

This is absolutely ridiculous! I am the brother of Kaelin Packer she went to a school function which is priority number one is it not? The term STUDENT-athlete must not compute to some of you people when you sit there and say I would have sat here too. We should be teaching our youth that the must important thing is thirst for knowledge and making yourself a well-educated person. Eventually your time playing a sport runs out and you have rely on the education you have recieved in life. To the so called former college coach your comments are the exact reason why you are a former college coach. I am not writing this because kaelin is my little sister I am writing this based off of the principles for which I was raised under. You people that sit their and kiss up to the coach so your daughter can be on varsity are absolutely pathetic. Let the kids play and let the best players play regardless of money or who your parents are. God Bless and I love you kae pack

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012
Article comment by: softball fan

Heat Coach-You should have NEVER gotten involved publicly-PERIOD. YOU don't know both sides of the story!
How would you handle parents of one of your players hanging out with the other team bad mouthing their daughters program. Come on Heat Coach-stay out of it.


Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012
Article comment by: HEAT COACH

Perhaps you should re-read my comment. If it were possible I would write it out in Crayon for you. It's pretty easy to see that I said clearly, "I don't know both sides of this story so I won't comment further." The comment I made was that a former or current coach shouldn't attack a player, or any other young person...period. That's why we are put in the role of mentor, to keep a level head and try to work a young person out of a poor choice. The only comments I made were about things I was a part of, therefore I have both sides of the story. I was there at the game, coaching it actually and heard comments about my program, my coaching and my players coming from coaches and players on the Prescott program that were uncalled for and misplaced. My HS program and my club program have nothing to do with any of the problems the Prescott program is or ever has had. Simply put, leave me and my players out of it. I was given the cold shoulder and treated as if I were the enemy from the coaching staff, therefore I can speak of these things, I have both sides of the story. I personally know what kind of person and player Mrs. Packer is, therefore I can speak of this as well. You mentioned you coached HS ball 26 years ago, so obviously you have never coached her. Maybe you should heed your own advice, and not comment about what another coach or program should think of her. Hypocritical dont you think. The things I am referring to in my post were directly from this forum and the things that were said from it. The drama in the program is city wide, thus the word saturation.
So let me make this crystal clear "ACE". I commented in order to defend and stand up for an athlete whom I mentor, that's what coaches do. I didn't degrade anyone, especially young people. I have coached several of the Prescott kids, gone out of my way to make them feel comfortable in my program and help them find homes in softball after HS ball. No under lying agenda here. If you don't believe there is drama in the Prescott program, you didn't read this forum, anyone can see that. And finally, I don't need your respect, from the way I was treated at the game, there wasn't any respect there to lose anyway. I'm fairly sure you know who I am, you probably even have my phone number in your contact list. Feel free to give me a call. I defended a player, and now myself, but I wont continue to degrade the sport I love and respect in this forum, if you want to talk further I'd be happy to, you know where I am.


Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012
Article comment by: To Heat Coach

"Mentors, positive outlook, level headed leaders..." How about getting BOTH sides of the story? You have one side that you are making an opinion on rather than get the other side of the story, then make a level headed decision. Am I wrong here? What was "released to opposing program?" Sounds like the parents were crying to someone or club coach for sympathy. And you then go on a public forum and give your opinion? What RESPECT do you have for the other program "Coach?" You are as bad as the parents in this case. And you take a stance you are above them? I never spoke of others programs out of RESPECT when I coached. Give other programs the RESPECT you would want. Obviously we have different respect levels that define "COACH." You lost a great deal of respect here. Ace

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Article comment by: Heat Coach

Although I try diligently to avoid drama in the sport of softball, after reading the comments from the former HS and College coach, I was compelled to say something. I am very disappointed to see that the drama in the local Prescott softball world hasn't gotten any better. I was even more disappointed that after a recent game against the HS team, it appears that the drama is so saturated in the program that it has to be released on opposing team and coaches who have nothing to do with the internal issues with their program. Respect the game or don't be involved in it, simple as that. Back to this ACE softball coach person, I agree that coaches make decisions, need to stand behind them and should be respected, period. We have that in common. I also believe these decisions should be openly discussed and black and white, no grey areas. Then it's easy to say "it is what it is". I dont know the whole story, therefore I won't comment on that further. What I can say, Mrs. Kaelin Packer is an outstanding person, player and team mate. I know, she has been an impact player and outstanding leader in my summer program for the last three years. Her stats, experience and heart keep her at the top of my team and my list of irreplaceable players. I'm not sure how much you know of the player or the situation, but I was offended that you would comment about how her future college coach should reconsider their decision, you my friend should be better, especially if you were a coach at any level or any time period. Coaches are mentors, positive outlook and level headed leaders. Kids make mistakes, they are passionate and speak from their heart. You don't have that excuse.

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Article comment by: Albert Heath

First of all Yes my daughter is the centerfielder. No I am not the coach. Second I am a parent who wants this team to succeed but I have eyes wide open about the whole program. I have seen how attitudes affect the play on the field. Do I blame the players. No because I know if they really do not want to play they could quit. Third, I do not sit around and personally attack people. I stated facts. I also stated facts about my own daughter. I am not biased like a lot of others who have a personal agenda. I also do not hide behind a catchy phrase. My name is out in the open so all can see. If someone has an issue with what I say they know I said it. You are welcome to speak to me and discuss anything I have said and if I am downright wrong, you and whomever I affended will get an apology. My kid has the same attitude that I have. She goes out and plays hard. She owns up to her mistakes and trys not to make them again. She takes pride in what she can do. Most of all she does what her coach ask her to do because it is what I taught her. To be part of the team not the team. If she changes that attitude I am there to remind her. If she goes 0 for 4, I do not stress that. I stress the fact that she played her position well. As for the attacks on Megan. Whoever you are get over it. Abby went out and did what she did because she was part of a team. Thank you Abby. You pitched well and deserved the wins. Even if Megan made errors, other players did the same and that includes my daughter. If anyone has a reason to say anything to other players it would be Abby. But like the player she is, she went out and played. Thank you again. Those who have personal agendas want to attack people. Guess what, talent can get you so far against weaker teams. I am the first to say, that if my daughter does not play with focus in the field that is on her. I do not blame the coach. I do not take shots at her daughter. I do blame others. You can have all the talent in the world but if a team does not do the little things effeciently, they can be beat by a lesser team and get blown out by a more talented team who does the fundamentals. So please do me a favor and realize that. Get a clue. For all those who sit around and are willing to bad mouth the coaching, have the balls to say it out loud to the people you are talking about. I am done with this. Eventually I will be at a game. Anyone wants to talk to me civil like, feel free.

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Article comment by: softball fan

Please pray for the PHS Varsity Softball team. It seems that some of the cancer has returned from last year. Hopefully the team will be cancer free within 45 days.

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012
Article comment by: TO @ Larry Stemtdon .....

You are EXACTLY who I am talking about!!! Thank you so much for making my evening! Oh my stomach hurts from laughing!!!! Do you know who Albert and Carla Heath even are? "The Coach and spouse..." Maybe you need to go to the head office and find out who they are! Their daughter is the center fielder! Your ignorance in posting is applauded with not knowing WHAT you are posting! You follow PHS softball closely. Its ok to laugh at yourself too. Larry

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Albert Heath

Read what I said instead of trying to justify what you want done. First of all I said it was a legit reason. For all you who are willing to sit there and not have a real reason other than personal, please. I said nothing that was not true. Coaching is not the problem. All the losses were because of errors. Middle infield and centerfield are suppose to be strong on a team but make up most of the errors. Can you tell me anything I said isn't true? As for my daughter not playing in her last rivalry game, I wouldn't be mad but she has a right to be mad. I can deal with a coach's decision. Wouldn't like it but wouldn't be upset. It is human nature. Wanting coach let go is personal. Sorry but it is. I know coaches who wouldn't let her step on the field at all. It is time to move on and let the ladies to get their heads focused on playoff push. Yes, when certain people come to play, this team can compete with most in DII. Focus and fundamentals are what it takes by all and I mean all.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ Larry Stemtdon

The poor ethics you refer to seem to be coming from the coach not the posters . And do you really think albert heath and wife heath are not the coach and spouse. Think again .. If this crap went to head office and didn't stink, ethics is just a small part of the story.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: jack hammer

I have watched PHS play four or five times in their hardest games. Which each time Boaz got the loss. They throw Abby to the wolves each time, while queenie makes her errors at first base. If I could speak with the harris girls, I would tell them to choose the Warner Bros team, over PHS and their coaching. Thats all folks...

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Larry Stemtdon

This is where player parents are today. Too ashamed to write their own name. If everyone of these experts were called to a gathering, how many would show? Maybe 5. But stand tall in anonymity and blame others and make excuses. Guess what you leave your kids? Excuses and blame. Way to learn em ma and pa! But make sure you drill in their head they are great players! No respect or ethics needed...stay ashamed, and hand down the trait of success to your kids!

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ Jack Hammer

Harris is "playing" in San Diego? what your Def for playing. D1, D2, D3...cool.
I agree 1000% high school means nothing. So why don't those that are too good for high school play? So do the high school program and team all a favor and not play. Why lower yourself with the great talent you have to play high school? And being at the park, Prescott can suit up a womens Pro League team right now if you listen to parents! Heck, why go to college, go straight to the pros! Maybe these great players can sign with Warner Brothers and take on Bugs Bunny! One on one playing all 9 positions! What up Doc!


Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Maybe it starts with ASA/PGSA

These are players who played PGSA right? Maybe they are not getting the proper training. It all starts with Mommy coaches (the entire PHS program has Mommies who just don't get it) in PGSA and continues into high school.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: stick to your guns

What about the coach sticking to her guns about her JV pitcher quitting and then coming back just cuz she didn't make varsity and then regretting the quitting of the team? Ended up pitching her on varsity. Not sticking to her guns.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ Ky Badger Fan 13

Biased present - gee ya think.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Softball Player

Reading these comments makes me realize how ignorant people really are. Just because you support a certain team doesn't mean you know everything about it. If you would bother to talk to a player on any of the local teams prescott, bradshaw, chino, you would realize that ALL of them have issues with favoritism and all the rest of the petty BS that the community turns a blind eye to. People can ignore it all they want, but there is no denying that all of our local teams have their fair share of issues and kaelin packer not playing, "for missing practice because of a school event" just happens to be the only one that has been brought to attention.
And as far as none of the locals going anywhere, you are wrong. Just because they don't play for ASU or U of A doesn't mean they aren't still in the business. I know of several locals who are doing just fine in the junior college world, which is more than most of the players from around here can say. I applaud them for being the select few to step up, move past all of the BS and prove the ignorant doubters wrong.


Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Az Ruby

Benching a player for attending a school function(s) is an example of whats wrong with the coaching staff. There must be an acceptable reason to miss practice that doesnt penalize the player or the team. This mentality is what makes this decision a very personal jab at Miss Packer. Telling players the cant miss for any reason is an unrealistic expectation. Its time for PHS to clean house with the coaching staff.


Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: @ Crapped on Author

Nepotism,favoritism, wonderful person or not who cares. She was rewarded for non productivity and questionable ethics, and crapped on the youth along the way . As long as PUSD receives more tax dollars so will she,along with so many others on the taxpayers back. Can you say entitlement .

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Hammer

When a mom coaches a team nothing is ever fair coaching is bias.As for the Harris girls one is in college in San Diego playing softball and the other as the same offer to play They have offers from D1 D2 D3 schools high school softball means nothing.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Former College and High School Coach!

As a former College and High School Softball coach I find all of this quite entertaining. What I find so funny is that there are people and a player attacking a coach for a lineup decision. It doesn't matter if she was at a school function or not, it is the coaches decision. And whatever the reason parents and players should deal with it. I have to say when I coached high school 26 years ago there wasn't this type of "stuff." If you played, you played. Parents didn't act like idiots, players didn't question the coaches decision, nor did they miss practice for any reason. Yes, times have changed and now we have blogs and post to rake coaches and players over the coals. Isn't today's world just great?!? I will say, if I was the college coach the Miss Packer is going to play for, I would have second thoughts about her as a team player. And to all of you that are on the other side of the fence thinking you know more than the coach/any coach-stay out of it. You ruin it for your kid and all the others. Just some advice, coming from an old guy who has been around the block in the softball world.

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: Are you Kidding me ?

Ms Packer
I don’t know the circumstances as to why you sat out the first couple innings of the rivalry game with Bradshaw Mt. But I my self would request a meeting with the coach and the AD to address your issues before making comments in a open internet forum. If I where your coach this action would find you sitting out games instead of innings


Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Article comment by: To the post about last year

Really? good players quit last year? My daughter was a student last year and all them girls did was trash talk players and coaches. And how they were going to get the coaches fired and how that was their goal. The Harris should have been cut! All they do is talk trash and if you are into the softball scene, you know their rep. You obviously do not have the facts. But as I recall, after the cancer left, the team finished 8-2 with no drama. Kaelin is a great hitter, but come on, the reality is she has the most errors ever. You can't argue that, or you really don't go to games. Thats not a knock on her, just what it is. Keep on believing what you hear. Keep posting too.


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