Former Phs Coach Wins At New School


Former Payson High School football coach Jim Beall picked up a big win Friday evening.

Now the head coach at newly built Higley High School, Beall led his first-year team to a 22-19 victory over Chino Valley. The game was the 3A West region opener for both teams.

Beall's rookie squad opened the season with a win over another first-year school Yuma Catholic. Following that win, Higley dropped back to back games.

The win over Chino represented a huge step for Higley because SC is an established program that has been fielding football teams for years.

Usually, first-year programs suffer when they are paired against the more experienced teams.

Higley scored the winning TD early in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run by Zac Bighorn.

In other Valley football action involving former Payson High School coaches, Curt LeBlanc paced his Queen Creek Bulldogs to a 10-7 win over Tucson Sahuarita.

In 1998, with Beall at the helm of the PHS program and LeBlanc serving as offensive coordinator, the Horns strung together an undefeated season on the way to the 3A state championship.

At defending 5A state champion Mesa Red Mountain, former Longhorn coach Dan Dunn (1992-95) helped the Mountain Lions beat up on Gilbert 49-15. Dunn is serving as Red Mountain's offensive coordinator under his good friend, and head coach, Jim Jones.

Hoop action

Looking to improve your hardwood game before the new season opens in December?

If so, participation in a series of upcoming youth basketball clinics might be the ticket to success.

Hosted by the Arizona Basketball Group, a not-for-profit Arizona corporation, the clinics will be held Oct. 7, 11, 14, 21 and 28 at various venues in the Valley. All the clinics run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. except the Oct. 11 session, that will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The clinics feature some top-notch coaches, including Marty Hawkins, formerly of Loyola of Chicago, and Kip Drown, now of Grand Canyon University.

Call (480) 664-6395 or e-mail: for more information.

Baseball tryouts

The Baseball Factory, a placement service for athletes planning on playing collegiately, will be hosting a try- out camp for high school baseball players Oct. 28 in Bank One Ballpark.

According to Baseball Factory officials, the full-day camp will draw college coaches from throughout the area as well as pro scouts who will evaluate the players. Deadline for application to the camp is Oct. 22. Call (800) 614-HITTS for more information.

The National High School Baseball Coaches Association recognizes and supports the Baseball Factory as a college planning and placement service for high school players.

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