Although the 2000 edition of the Longhorn football team was shut out in its bid to place players on the All-Arizona teams, the squad did have four athletes chosen to the Class 3A All-State teams.
In a voting of conference coaches, Payson's Sterling White was tapped to the second team offense. White starred at the tackle position for the Horns last season.
Levi Armstrong and Waylon Pettet were awarded offensive honorable mention honors. Armstrong, a tailback, was the Horns leading rusher. Pettet, a sophomore, excelled as a receiver, punt returner and reserve running back.
Defensively, only Reed Hatch was honored from the PHS teams. The senior linebacker was named honorable mention.
In a voting of members of the Arizona Coaches Association, White was selected to play in the annual North vs. South All-Star game in Casa Grande next summer. Being selected an all-star is one of the single greatest accomplishments a prep player can achieve.
White's name now goes down in the PHS record books along with ACA all-stars including Mark Velaso, Carl Whittle, Jimbo Armstrong, Matt Rambo, Ty Goodman, Jon Gunzel, Chad Martin, and Mark Hanna.
Hit the links
Boys and girls ages 7 to 17 years are invited to participate in one of three Nike Junior Holiday Golf Camps, Dec. 27 and 28 and again Jan 4 and 5 at Foothills Golf Club in Phoenix. One is also scheduled for Dec. 27 and 28 at the Legend at Arrowhead in Glendale.
The holiday camps are open to juniors of all skill levels at a cost of $149 per student and includes two days of instruction in golf fundamentals including full swing, putting and chipping. Rules, etiquette and score will also be covered. Also included is lunch each day, a Nike golf cap, a Nike junior golf camp workbook and on-course instruction.
Organizers say the camp offers a fresh new approach to conventional instruction by combining traditional golf fundamentals with instruction in such practical areas as golf jargon, terminology, pace of play, how to operate a golf cart, how to reserve tee time and the transition from the practice range environment to actually playing the course.
Call (877) 312-4653 or more information.
With the holiday season upon us, Payson School District students are kicking back and enjoying the school recess. No books, no homework, no classroom.
But for many of the athletes on school teams, rest is only for the inactive. Most Longhorns will be asked to participate in practice sessions over the holidays.
Certainly holiday practices are demanding but if athletes and teams are to succeed down the road, sacrifices must be made. For coaches, the practices mean they must give up valuable family time to be available to tutor and coach.
It's important for all athletes to take advantage of the down time from school to improve their skills and abilities.
Too often in today's society, student athletes make excuses and look for ways to wiggle their way out of participating in holiday and off-season sessions.