Trevor Auldridge named Sierra Sun male Athlete of the Year from Truckee High
Punting and pitching, it seemed, were about the only things Trevor Auldridge didn’t do for his Truckee High football and baseball teams.andamp;#8220;We called him a three-way player,andamp;#8221; said Truckee football coach Bob Shaffer. andamp;#8220;He played offense, defense and on every one of our special teams, and he was really big on punt returns for us.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;He did everything,andamp;#8221; said Truckee baseball coach Mike Ellis. andamp;#8220;He was night and day different from last year to this year andamp;#8212; and he was good last year, but this year he was just incredible. He picked up his power, his confidence, his arm strength was off the charts, he got quicker on the bases, everything.andamp;#8221;For his all-around athleticism and the key roles he played on both of his state champion teams, Auldridge was selected as the Sierra Sun’s male Athlete of the Year from Truckee High School.andamp;#8220;It was never all about him; it was always about the team and the school,andamp;#8221; said Ellis. andamp;#8220;He’s the kind of guy you want on your side when you’re down in the trenches.andamp;#8221;In the fall, Auldridge returned to the gridiron after an impact junior season as a starting cornerback and wingback for the Wolverines, who ran the table for a second straight year in 2010 to win back-to-back state titles. Auldridge and the Wolverines picked up right where they left off this past season. When all was said and done, they had achieved yet another undefeated campaign while winning a third consecutive state championship. Their 36-game winning streak ranks fifth in the nation in 11-man football.Few played larger roles than Auldridge the past two seasons. Listed at 6-2 and 190 pounds, the co-team captain boasted speed and agility in the open field, sticky hands as a receiver, natural strength, and football smarts through and through.andamp;#8220;His ability to grasp concepts and ideas from week to week and then apply them to game day is what separated him from a lot of people on the field,andamp;#8221; said Shaffer, complimenting Auldridge’s intelligence. About his physical attributes, andamp;#8220;His ability to either separate on offense or close on defense was outstanding,andamp;#8221; Shaffer said. andamp;#8220;He was the guy that we went to often times and the guy that we relied on defensively. We always put him on their best receiver and forced them to go somewhere else. Fortunately this year we had Luke Theis on the other side, so they didn’t have much luck on either one.andamp;#8221;As a lock-down cornerback, Auldridge finished his high school career with more interceptions than any player in Truckee football’s rich history, Shaffer said. He picked off seven passes both his junior and senior seasons for a total of 14. On the offensive side of the ball, Auldridge caught 33 passes for 513 yards, with five touchdowns. He returned 14 punts for 416 yards (almost a 30-yard average), taking four of them to the house. None of his many highlight plays was more impressive than a 69-yard, game-changing return in a closely contested win over Fallon during the regular season. With Truckee trailing 7-0 in the second quarter, Auldridge caught a punt and was met almost immediately by a Fallon tackler, whom he ducked and shed from his back before spinning and breaking several more tackles en route to the long TD. Truckee won 20-14.andamp;#8220;He changed the momentum of the game,andamp;#8221; Shaffer said of the play. But while Auldridge’s talent was always on display, Truckee fans may not have noticed his more intangible qualities, Shaffer said andamp;#8212; like his leadership ability. andamp;#8220;His leadership this year was by far his best attribute, and that’s really saying something compared to his athletic prowess,andamp;#8221; said Shaffer. andamp;#8220;He was a vocal leader. And just his work ethic both in the classroom and outside of the classroom is great. I think him being a role model for all our kids is exceptional.andamp;#8221;Auldridge was voted to the All-State and All-League first team at cornerback. He received second team honors in both All-State and All-League as a receiver, and he very well could have earned the same honor as a return specialist.andamp;#8220;He played with emotion and intensity, which is exactly how he plays baseball,andamp;#8221; Ellis said. Indeed. And Auldridge was not done. The senior carried over his football success into the spring, when he helped lead the Wolverines to the school’s first baseball state title since 1994, and third ever. They finished 29-6 overall and swept through the Mount Rose League with a perfect 12-0 mark.Auldridge was a major factor in Truckee’s success, as he held down the center field position with his above-average speed and athleticism while adding power to an already potent lineup in the cleanup slot.andamp;#8220;Trevor was awesome to coach,andamp;#8221; Ellis said. andamp;#8220;He was healthy all year, and we really got to see what his full potential was. He was lights out.andamp;#8221;The coach also complimented Auldridge’s arm strength and accuracy andamp;#8212; andamp;#8220;His arm was spot-on; you couldn’t go anywhere on him; if you tried, you were doneandamp;#8221; andamp;#8212; as well as his leadership. andamp;#8220;He had a great attitude, he was a (co) captain, a leader, and he was fun to be around. I wish I had 16 kids like him every year,andamp;#8221; Ellis said.Auldridge was voted to both the All-State and All-League first teams as an outfielder. He finished the year with a .406 batting average and 35 RBIs in 34 games, nine doubles, a triple, four home runs, and a .504 on-base percentage. He committed only two errors all season and went 6-for-14 (.429) in the state championship tournament.andamp;#8220;He was awesome,andamp;#8221; Ellis said.
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