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DPS Office of Athletics
Western International High’s Tratez Henton was mostly a bench player last spring when the Cowboys won their fourth consecutive Detroit Public School League boys’ baseball title and reached the Division 1 state quarterfinals.
A year later, Henton is flourishing as the Cowboys’ starting catcher and has been named the PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week after his grand slam ignited an 11-1 victory against Cass Tech in the league opener.
“Trey has worked very hard,” Western coach Juan Sanchez said. “He’s doing real well in the classroom and he’s a good team guy.
“This is his second year on the varsity and he’s put in his time and done what we’ve asked. He’s really hitting the ball well. Even his outs have been good quality at-bats.”
Henton, a 6-1, 175-pound sophomore, beamed with pride last May when Todd Phelps, his brother, pitched his way into PSL history with the first perfect game thrown at Comerica Park. Phelps struck out 12 and didn’t allow a base runner in Western’s 8-0 victory against Renaissance to capture the Cowboys’ fourth consecutive PSL baseball crown.
“I was real happy for him,” Henton said. “Todd deserved all the attention he got, but it made me that much more determined to keep working hard because I don’t want to be known just as Todd’s brother. I want to make my own name.”
Henton is well on his way to establishing his own star identity.
“All the success he’s having is a result of his hard work,” Sanchez said. “We’re looking for him to step up behind the plate and be a big key for us this year.”
Henton can also pitch and plays all three outfield positions, but catcher is the position he plans to make his ticket.
“Of course, I’d like to earn a college scholarship, but all players dream of being in the big leagues,” he said. “The (major) league(s), that’s my goal. I’m willing to work as hard as I can to get there.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week Award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletic performers and is sponsored by local Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators