Athlete of the Year | Pado excelled on multiple fronts
By the end of his senior year, Teagan Pado had his team captain role dialed.
Pado, who was voted captain by his Truckee teammates in each of his three sports — tennis, basketball and baseball — handled the distinction like a seasoned vet. He led each of his respective teams not only with his quality of play, but with his dedicated work ethic, positive attitude and cool demeanor in the heat of competition.
“He’s a great kid,” said Truckee baseball coach J.R. Murphy. “You never had to worry about grades with him, which was nice. He’s super focused. He just did everything right, and not just in baseball. I can tell he’s making all the right moves. He’ll definitely be successful.”
With his winning combination of talent and leadership, Pado was selected as the Sierra Sun’s male Athlete of the Year from Truckee High School.
“Teagan is a model student-athlete,” said Rick Deeter, head coach of the Truckee boys tennis team. “He showed me a tremendous amount of respect, and you can’t always get that from young people. He seemed to understand what goes into coaching, and that was something really nice to see.”
Pado began his senior year with a successful run with the Truckee tennis team.
He and Ethan Gotts formed one of the most dominant doubles teams in the state, and ultimately finished third in the Division I-A individual state championships. They placed second in the Northern Division I-A regional championships, falling only to Incline’s Miles Prim and Cole Steinberg, who went on to win the state title. Pado finished second in the state in doubles as a junior.
Pado, who’s a rangy 6-foot-1, mostly played at the net, where he could use his length and reflexes to deny the opposition.
“He had a good all-around game,” Deeter said. “He could rely on his serve when he needed it, and he was more of the net guy because he had the height. He has quick hands from baseball and quick feet, and he could finish the point off. He definitely was an impact player for our team.”
Deeter added that Pado — like his older brother Aaron a few years before him — steadily improved throughout his four-year high school career and peaked as a senior. His leadership skills improved along with his ability. Deeter recalls a time during the regional team championships when Pado and fellow captain Eli Yale pulled the team aside for a motivational speech before before a sudden-death tiebreaker round against Fallon.
“We wound up winning by one point, but as we moved into the sudden-death round, he and Eli took the team and just rallied these guys to a level of competitiveness that I haven’t seen. He was just a leader like that,” Deeter said.
Pado was named team MVP after the season.
While the Truckee basketball team struggled throughout the 2014-15 season, Pado stood out as one of the bright spots. He was a lock-down defender and solid rebounder who could score from inside or out.
While he was often outsized in the post, Pado held his own with his tireless hustle and aggressiveness.
He was voted Defensive Player of the Year for the Wolverines.
Pado powered out with a stellar senior season with the Truckee baseball team in the spring. As Truckee’s top hitter and sure-handed third baseman, he was voted by coaches to the Northern Division I-A All-League first team.
The honor was well-earned. Pado, who started the season batting cleanup but was moved to the leadoff spot halfway through, posted a .418 average with 15 RBIs, 26 runs scored, 11 doubles and two home runs.
“He was our guy this year,” Murphy said. “He was our best player. He played great defense, and every time he came up to the plate you were confident that he was going to get a hit. He had a lot of confidence in himself. He did it all for us. It’s obviously a team sport, but he was very, very valuable to our team this year.”
In addition to his ability to square up a baseball, Pado played a mean third base his junior and senior years, as well as catcher as a junior. He boasted one of the strongest arms in the league and the agility to pounce on a hot ground ball smashed down the line.
“He’d stop shots that kids hit at him, and then he was able to set his feet because he had a good, strong arm, and he made some good plays over there for us,” Murphy said. “Any time the ball was hit to him, we expected an out. He was that good.
“All the other coaches had good things to say about him. He definitely caught their attention. The Lowry coach said he made the best play he’s ever seen a high schooler make.”
Pado also excelled in the classroom. He finished his senior year ranked No. 4 in his class, with a 4.45 GPA, and was honored as Truckee’s Top Student in Mathematics. He was awarded the Seal of Biliteracy award, President’s Education Gold Award, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and California State Senate Scholastic Achievement award. He plans to study chemical engineering at U.C. Santa Barbara.
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