Recent Texico High School graduate Braden Vaughan made the most of his time last weekend, playing in football and baseball all-star games in Silver City and Albuquerque.
“It’s definitely been a little tiring,” said Vaughan, who will play football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene starting in the fall.
He and fellow former Wolverines Johnny Serrano, Leo Muniz, Tony Clement and Bryan Vannatta helped the South squad beat the North 48-0 in the A-AA football all-star game Saturday in Silver City.
With Class 2A champion Hatch Valley coaches running things, the South squad used a wide-open passing offense. Vaughan said he was surprised how quickly the players picked it up.
“Looking at it, you wouldn’t have expected that we had spent four days practicing,” he said.
Vaughan threw for 309 yards, passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. Clement rushed for a score off an option and caught a number of passes from the wideout spot.
Two days later, Vaughan was the lone Class A representative in the New Mexico Classic, an all-class all-star game. Vaughan played four innings at third base, going 0-for-2 at the plate.
“You’re up there and playing with 5A kids and the game is so much faster than 1A ball,” Vaughan said.