Panthers land five on All-State teams
- Andrew Caliendo, Chase Silseth and Sam Moody were first team selections in 6A.
- Nate Swarts was named to the second team and Tyler Mead was an honorable mention.
- Farmington's Ethan Secrest was an honorable mention in 5A.
FARMINGTON — The Piedra Vista baseball team was well represented on the All-State teams in the program's first year competing in 6A, the state's largest classification.
In total, five Panthers earned All-State honors with three landing on the first-team roster.
Seniors Andrew Caliendo (catcher) and Sam Moody (utility) and junior Chase Silseth (pitcher) earned first-team accolades. Sophomore Nate Swarts (second base) was named to the second team, and senior Tyler Mead (outfield) was an honorable mention.
Caliendo earned his spot on the first team after he split the votes with Centennial's Cedric Reynaud.
"It's a pretty cool way to go out in my last year," Caliendo said. "I've always been behind (Reynaud) on the All-State teams — I was always second team. To get first team my senior year, and to have it be a tie, is a great way to go out."
Silseth was great for the Panthers all season and set a new school record for strikeouts in a season. PV coach Mike McGaha said he expects Silseth to be even more dominant next season if he stays healthy.
Silseth said he wasn't surprised to get a first-team nod, but was careful not to let the recognition get to his head.
"I think of myself as a humble man, so I don’t want to say I expected to get first-team All-State, but I wasn't surprised because I think I did really well this year. But I don't like the idea of me getting to the point where I think I deserve it," Silseth said. "I wasn't surprised, I just don't want to get (big headed)."
Moody rightfully earned a spot as a utility player after the senior played every position on the field for the Panthers at one point or another.
McGaha said Moody has developed into the ideal player for any program with his ability to do everything — bat, pitch, field and run the bases — at a high level.
"When you think of the Piedra Vista Panthers and someone says the name Sam Moody, you think of him playing first, playing second, he's played shortstop and third, he's caught, pitched, played all three spots in the outfield, he's been the (designated hitter), he's come out of the bullpen, he's courtesy ran, he's literally played every position in the high school game. I think, in my career, I've never had a kid do that," McGaha said. "He's the ultimate program guy. As a coaching staff, we've had conversations looking forward to next year, and we're looking for another Sam Moody."
Farmington's Ethan Secrest was one of four players from District 1-5A to earn All-State honors in 5A, being named an honorable mention at first base. Miyamura's Brandon Vidal (pitcher), Daniel McDonald (outfield) and Matthew Chavez (utility) were all honorable mentions.
All-State selections for 4A have not been released.
Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.