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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:
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 this week's Best of Preps I had the pleasure of writing about these outstanding scholars and athletes. This pair of slugger-siblings have been a constant presence on the baseball/softball scene in Benson since they could hold a bat.

In the article they open up about a recent loss and discuss how the family honors the memory of their loved one and his love for the game.

“It was the worst feeling ever,” Wyatt sadly recalled. He wears his grandfather’s initials, PW, scribed on his cleats. “I just come out here and do it for him.”

Sacha Wilharm watches her son at the plate, “Every time Wyatt hits a home run and crosses that home plate, he looks up at the sky. It’s like ‘There’s another one for you grandpa!’” she said."
The school Tennis season is just wrapping up. In today's paper [April 27, 2022] we feature the Willcox Cowboys/Cowgirls tennis team.

We follow the team on Senior Night and reveal how this tennis team in a small town in Cochise County can attract more than 30 athletes to its ranks. Numbers like that you'd expect from a baseball or football team, but there's something special happening in Willcox Arizona.

Check out my feature on this special group of tennis players.