All-East Team Announcements Expected Soon


If you're wondering why there's been no announcement concerning the selection of the All-East division football team members, it's because coaches are keeping those choices under wraps.

For many years, it's been a unwritten rule among coaches that the results of their post-season voting for the team would not be announced until the state championship game is decided.

The all-star choices are withheld to avoid resentment among the players that might affect their play in the state tournament.

There have been past instances-- when announcements were made prematurely -- that players and parents believed youngsters were slighted in the selection process and unneeded turmoil resulted.

Coaches agree, it's simply better to wait till the season is at an end to announce the team and not have to deal with any distractions while preparing for big games.

The other sports don't adhere to that rule as closely as football coaches.

That means, local fans will have to wait until the Class 3A championship is played Nov. 27 to learn which Payson players have been honored.

Who's left

There have currently four teams remaining in the 3A state football tournament.

South division runner-up Globe -- the team that eliminated Payson in the first round -- will play East silver-medalist Show Low at 5 p.m. Friday on the campus of Mesa College.

After that game, at about 8 p.m., South champion and number-two-ranked Coolidge takes on unbeaten and top-ranked Blue Ridge.

Many are pointing to the BR vs. Coolidge match as the "real" state championship game. Coolidge has lost only once -- 14-0 to Blue Ridge in the season opener -- and has the athletic talent to play on even terms with anyone in the state including most 4A schools.

Blue Ridge thrives on great coaching, execution and tradition.

The final four shoot-out should be a good one for small-town prep football fans.

Still good after all this heat

The word from the Rim lakes is the trout fishing remains mostly good at Black Canyon, Willow Springs and Woods Canyon.

Power Baits, worms, salmon eggs and corn have produced success for the shore fishermen. From boats, anglers are going with small spinners or trolling with flies.

Other success has come on crickhopper lures and Super Dupers. At Woods Canyon, the store has closed for the winter. The water level at Black Canyon is said to be very low, rendering boat launching difficult.


In the Super Seniors league at Payson Bowl, secretary Virginia Bowers says Donna Blair has been on the top of her game. In the seniors most recent outing, Blair took women's high-game honors with a 186 and followed it up by winning high series, carding a 510.

In the men's competition, Robert Martin finished with a 223 and won high-game honors. High-series accolades went to Richard Norman with a 534.

Big turkey

At the Town Parks and Recreation Department, recreation coordinator Beth Kreider says Arizona Public Service has agreed to co-sponsor Saturday's Turkey Trot 5K run and will award turkeys to each of the winners in the men's and women's age groups.

Go for a run, win your age group and take home the turkey for Thanksgiving day. All that and a T-shirt for an entry fee of $10. However, if you wait till race day to register, the fee jumps to $15.

The race begins at 9 a.m. at Green Valley Park. Call the P&R offices at 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

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