Horns Foursome Earns Region Honors

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A foursome of Longhorn basketball players will soon be tacking All-East region plaques on their walls of fame.

Chosen in a voting of coaches at season's end were Mike Barr, Waylon Pettet, Ky Bradley and Derrick Daniels.

Barr and Pettet were named to the All-East first team, and Bradley and Daniels were selected honorable mention players.

Barr, the Horns' go-to guy all season, is a 6-foot-5-inch sophomore who is just learning the nuances of the game.

Horn coach Mike Loutzenheiser praised Barr as a "young player with so much to learn, but still the best big man (in the East region)." Although he played most of the season on raw talent, Barr showed glimpses of being able to take over a game single-handedly. With him in the lineup for two more seasons, the PHS coaching staff has plenty of reasons to smile.

Pettet's selection to the All-East team, Loutzenheiser said, came as "a little bit of a surprise since his best games were outside the region."

Pettet was probably selected, Loutzenheiser reasoned, because he "impressed other coaches with his intensity and hustle,"

The 5-foot 9-inch swing man, who also stars in football and baseball, was best known for his work on defense.

"He always drew the toughest defensive assignment and gave 100 percent," Loutzenheiser said.

Bradley began the season as one of only two returning varsity veterans. As the season wore on, Loutzenheiser said, "he became our senior leader the glue that held us together."

Since Bradley graduates this spring, the coach will have to find a player to fill his shoes.

"We will miss him big time, no doubt about that," Loutzenheiser said.

In the East coaches' voting, Bradley was one ballot short of being named first team.

As the Longhorns' point guard, Daniels was responsible for engineering the Longhorn express.

"He was the one to take care of the ball and get us in our offense," the coach said. "He did a great job of it."

After a slow start in which he was relegated to second team, Daniels came on to be a varsity starter.

Because Bradley is a senior, he is eligible to participate in the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game when it is held next summer in Casa Grande.

However, he is also eligible to play in the North vs. South football star game and is on track to earn a berth in the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association All-Star showdown. If he has his druthers, Bradley has said he would like to play in the baseball star game.

Other players chosen to the All-East first team were Toby Elkins, Jesse Brewer (Blue Ridge), Jason Stock, Doug Mathis, Corban Davis (Show Low), Porter Caldwell, Josh Jacobson, Bryan Elkins (Snowflake), Leyton Hamblin (Round Valley) and Justin Lupe (Alchesay).

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