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The Benson Bobcats had a great varsity baseball team this year. Made it to the state finals in their conference. One of those players that made it such a success was outfielder Antonio Rigney, and he's signed his intent to play for Hastings College in Nebraska.

The Broncos are gaining one of Benson’s best players this year. Antonio had a .574 on-base percentage, and once on base he was a threat, compiling 31 stolen bases. He was solid at the plate with a .458 average, 44 hits, and 13 runs batted in.

I spoke with Broncos head coach Joel Schipper about his new recruit.

"We are extremely excited with the signing of Antonio. He holds all the physical abilities - speed, bat, glove - to have great success at the next level. On top of that he is the ultimate competitor and will do whatever is necessary to help his team win. We could not be happier Antonio is a Bronco!"

Read the full story here: https://www.myheraldreview.com/a/socoactive/sports/benson-s-antonio-rigney-signs-with-hastings-college/article_9eaa68b6-db91-11ec-b180-abf86eca769b.html
Benson baseball aren't the only Allstars in Benson. Congrats to #10 Tatum Benson and #5 Celina Wilharm on being recognized as AIA 2A All-Conference Softball Team, with an honorable mention to #9 Reya Adkins!

Go Bobcats!

Congrats to 2022 AIA 2A Conference Offensive Baseball Player of the Year, Wyatt Wilharm, of our Benson Bobcats! A .598 batting average this season, with 58 hits, and 50 ribs.
In my previous post I mentioned meeting some amazing people and hearing cool stories while I'm covering Cochise County.

Well this is one of those amazing people. His name is Kacey McCallister and he's had an incredible life story to tell.

In my video, Kacey tells jokes on stage to loosen up his audience.

Read the story I filed for Benson:

"Kacey was at Benson High to tell his story. The results of that horrific accident are obvious, he has no legs. “Everyone is overcoming challenges,” Kacey said, “and honestly, not having legs is not my challenge.”

That was his message on that day. “In everyone’s life there are challenges, even if it seems less significant like grades, or large as losing a loved one. Whatever that challenge is, it’s large to that person, but I think we can address them in the same ways. It’s one day at a time and I keep moving forward. Even if you fail a dozen times, if you keep looking forward you can overcome that challenge.”

On stage McCallister tells of a young Kacey undeterred by his missing limbs, wanting to participate in sports and activities that some found ill-advised or simply just not possible for him to accomplish. His determination only grows with age, while mostly ignoring nay-sayers. “They’re not me, they weren’t me! I decided what I could achieve.”

https://www.myheraldreview.com/news/benson/kacey-mccallister-brings-his-positive-message-to-local-schools/article_06ff08fe-d3c2-11ec-90ae-475ff5463c05.html