White Scores Spot On All-East Hoop Squad


Senior Sterling White dominated the Longhorn boys basketball postseason honors award ceremonies by being named All-East first team and the squad's most valuable player.

Also honored at the program held last week at Payson Elementary School were Tyler Pettet and Ky Bradley both recipients of East regional honorable mention accolades.

Pettet also won the team's free-throw shooting title for sinking 78 percent of his tosses last season. In addition to Bradley's East honorable mention status, he was tapped most improved varsity player.

White's exploits during the campaign included averaging 8.9 points per game while corralling 10 rebounds per game.

Pettet averaged 8 points per game and Bradley 6 points per game, Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley said.

Bradley took over the team after former coach Randy Wilcox resigned late in the season.

Among the underclassmen, sophomore Waylon Pettet was chosen the jayvee's most valuable defensive player, Dillion Davis was named most improved jayvee. Most improved freshman was Kyle Hibbard.

With the season officially at an end and no head coach yet named to replace Wilcox, the future of the summer basketball program is in a limbo. According to Bradley, the Payson Invitational Boys Tournament will be held in Wilson Dome June 8 and 9, as scheduled. However, in a departure from the longtime practices of Wilcox and his predecessor Jim Quinlan, the school will no longer invite the Class 5A powers to the tournament

More 2A and 3A schools, Bradley said, will be invited to replace the likes of Mesa Mountain View, Scottsdale Shadow Mountain and Tucson Amphitheater.

The change is necessary, Bradley said, to make the Longhorns more competitive in the tournament.

As the search for a new coach continues, two applicants have expressed their interest, Bradley said.

Their names have not yet been released. A time table for naming the new basketball coach has not yet been finalized, Bradley said.

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