VVHS Baseball Program Hosts Fundraising Banquet
By AMY DAVIS
Take out the peanuts and the cracker jack; it’s almost baseball season!
A fundraising dinner for the Virgin Valley High School baseball team was held at the Eureka Hotel and Casino Grand Canyon Ballroom on Thursday evening, January 22.
Over 130 baseball fans attended the event and all fundraising proceeds went to support the VVHS baseball team.
Banquet guests were served fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti, green salad, Texas toast and chocolate cake. Before the program began, everyone present happily mingled and visited as only small communities can. Sports relations are deeply rooted in the valley.
Entrance tickets for dinner included a ticket for a grand raffle. Additional raffle tickets could also be purchased at the event. Prizes were donated by local businesses and included rounds of golf from Casablanca, a $100 gift certificate to Gregory’s Mesquite Grill, hotel stays, hats, Louisville Slugger maple wood bats and Moreover.
The evening was chaired by the brand new head coach, Dan Wright. Wright was offered the position in the fall of that year.
Wright was an All-American at Dixie College before becoming a Cornhusker at the University of Nebraska and ending his career at SUU.
Wright introduced each high school coach and talked about their accomplishments. He recognized and thanked 20 companies that made particularly large donations to the team and that will hang banners in their place of business.
Wright said he and assistant coach Nick Montoya have big plans for the future of baseball at Virgin Valley High School.
“We want to build a first-class program and that starts with a first-class facility,” Wright said.
VVHS has a rich baseball tradition with nine state championship trophies. Wright said he looks forward to building on that tradition.
The far-reaching effects of COVID-19 altered VVHS’ ability to play a full season or hold a state tournament last year.
Despite being seeded in 6th place, VVHS finished 3rd in the Southern Nevada Region tournament.
The top two teams in the south go to state dams and that’s exactly where VVHS plans to land this year, Wright said.
The fundraiser also served as a “year-end banquet” for the 2021 Bulldog team. The team was unable to host the traditional banquet last year. Last year’s players received a certificate of participation, varsity letters and pins.
The highlight of the evening came from keynote speaker Dr. Ed Lewis. Lewis has a rich history in baseball. His resume includes being a former Special Assignment scout for Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals, former Director of Analytics for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I could talk about baseball all night,” Lewis said.
Lewis recounted games and players of old and offered advice for young players.
“The word impossible is a relative term,” he said. “It means different things to different people. But one thing is certain: if you see something as impossible, it becomes impossible. Don’t eliminate yourself in everything you do. If you like something, go for it. Don’t eliminate yourself, make them say “no”, but never say “no” to yourself. »
Wright expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in making the fundraiser happen and to the community for their support.