Republic Snubs Horn Players


Prep sportswriters at the Arizona Republic newspaper apparently didn't think much of Payson High School's stable of football players.

Not a single Longhorn player was acknowledged when the writers selected the 2000 All-Arizona first-, second-, third-place and honorable mention teams. The all-star team members were announced Sunday.

Most of the individual honors went to athletes who played at big city Class 4A and 5A schools including newly crowned state champion Mesa Red Mountain.

The 3A East region did have Blue Ridge running back Tyler Maxwell tapped to the second team offense and teammate Adam Moro chosen second team defense. Wickenburg lineman Tony Qorri and Ganado's Jason Semore were also selected to the second team defense.

St Johns, the 2A state runner-up, had wide receiver Johnathon Richardson selected second team "O".

Small school athletes chosen to the third team were Jabari Smith (Orme), Jimmy Wilson (Phoenix Christian) and J.J. White (Parker).

The 2A and 3A athletes who were given honorable mention accolades included Travis DeBenedetto (Chandler Seton Catholic), Mike Hallowell (Chandler Seton Catholic), Justin Garrison (Northwest Community Christian), Kelly Hurt (Arizona Lutheran), Scott Marlatt (Antelope), Mike Montgomery (River Valley), Vince Morgan (St. Johns), Brett Romney (Thatcher), Dave Russell (Blue Ridge), Erik Shisslak (Bisbee), Hank Swank (Bagdad), Brent Trejo (St. David) and Mile Wilda (Bourgade).

St John's Mike Morgan was named the "Small School Coach of the Year."

Dunn deal

Former Payson High School football coach Dan Dunn was recently chosen the Arizona Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts in helping lead Mesa Red Mountain to the Class 5A state championship early this month.

Dunn is the offensive coordinator at Red Mountain for head coach Jim Jones.

The subject of numerous flattering newspaper articles recently, Dunn is receiving more ink than a dimpled chad in Dade county.

Holiday hoops.

Make your plans now to drop by Wilson dome Dec. 28 and 29 to take in some exciting holiday hoop action. The Lady Longhorns will be hosting their annual Payson Invitational Tournament which has drawn several excellent high school teams. The fray will be great fun for all fans. Tournament bracketing and games times will be announced later this week.

Strange call

Those officiating at the Arizona State University vs. San Diego State basketball game Saturday evening had to turn to the television for refereeing help.

A last-gasp long-range bomb by Awvee Storey seemingly had lifted the Sun Devils to victory.

While the Devils celebrated what they thought was a win, the officials went over to the FOX telecasters booth and asked that the controversial winning shot be replayed

several times. After looking at the event, the officials reversed themselves and said the shot occurred after the final buzzer had sounded. San Diego beat the Sun Devils, 64-62.

Makes you wonder how games were officiated before the advent of TV.

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