Event Date & Time

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Event Location

Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Ln, Waxahachie, TX 75165
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About 2019 Best of All-Ellis County Preps

Join The Daily Light as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments of the 2018-2019 Best of All-Ellis County Preps high school student-athletes at the inaugural Best of All-Ellis County Preps. This awards banquet is The Daily Light's way of saying thank you to the thousands of outstanding high school athletes, coaches, and fans who allow us to share their stories, performances and passions.

Presented by The Daily Light and sponsored by Methodist Midlothian Medical Center, this event honors high school athletes all over the county. Awards will be presented to the Outstanding Player of the Year in each sport, as well as Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, and Coach of the Year. Best of All-Ellis County Preps athletes are invited to attend for free and the event is open to family, friends and the general public.

We are proud to welcome National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, as our featured guest. Pudge will be live in Sherman for a question and answer session about lessons he's learned and memories he made during his career.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 6:30pm. A general admission ticket is $60 and includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by speaker. General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to speaker. Seating is limited and event is likely to sell out. Best of All-Ellis County Preps athletes will receive an invitation with instructions for claiming your free ticket.

Best of All-Ellis County Preps is presented by The Daily Light and sponsored by Methodist Midlothian Medical Center. Thank you sponsors for allowing us to bring this event to our community.
Thank you also to our Community Partners: Red Oak ISD and Hardesty Law Office.

Table Sponsors for 2019 Best of All-Ellis County Preps:
Pearman Oil & L.P. Gas, Inc.
David Hill Custom Homes
Midlothian Chamber of Commerce
Carlisle Chevrolet Buick GMC

Special Guest

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez

National Baseball Hall of Famer
The numbers are staggering for Ivan Rodriguez, including the 14 All-Star Game selections and 13 Gold Glove Awards - both tops for any catcher in history.
By 1991, Rodriguez was considered one of the best catching prospects in the game - and was regarded as possibly having the best arm of any catcher in baseball before he even got to the big leagues. He made his debut with the Rangers on June 20, 1991 and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting that year after hitting .264 with three homers and 27 RBI in 88 games. Defensively, he was as advertised - erasing 49 percent of the runners who tried to steal on him.

In 1992, he won the first of his 14 Gold Glove Awards and appeared in his first All-Star Game. And quickly, his offense caught up with his defense - as he topped the .300 mark in batting average for the first of eight straight years in 1995 while steadily adding power to his repertoire at the plate.

In 1999, Rodriguez put it all together - winning the American League Most Valuable Player Award by hitting .332 with 35 home runs, 113 RBI, 116 runs scored and 25 stolen bases. He became just the eighth catcher in history to post a season with at least 100 runs scored and 100 RBI, something no one has done since.

Rodriguez spent his final three seasons with the Yankees, Rangers, Astros and Nationals. By the time he retired following the 2011 season, he had totaled 2,844 hits - the most of any big leaguer who played at least 50 percent of his games behind the plate.

Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors
Hardesty Law
Lisa Burkes

Table Sponsors
Life School
Midlothian Chamber
David Hill Custom Homes
Pearman Oil & L.P. Gas, Inc.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP