East region boys basketball Coach of the Year Mike Loutzenheiser gathered his team last week for a season-ending awards ceremony.
At Julia Randall School, Loutzenheiser issued varsity letters to award winners and praised the players for their efforts during the past campaign.
The evening turned into a stirring one for the second-year coach.
"It was every emotional for me," he said. "I had so many seniors and great young men, it was difficult to say goodbye to them."
The defensive player of the year award was given to Chris Donaldson.
"He always had the toughest defensive assignment," Loutzenheiser said. "Many times it was a kid bigger than he."
Offensive player of the year honors were shared by the team's two leading scorers -- Mike Barr and Nicky Cassuto.
"Nicky was our offensive go-to guy early in the year and had 26 (points) in the first round of the state tournament," Loutzenheiser said.
About Barr, he said, "Mike led us in scoring in region play and dominated the East tournament."
Most valuable player honors went to senior point guard Derek Daniels.
"Derek led us in minutes played this year," the coach said. "He was third in scoring and first in assists and steals."
The coach also praised Daniels as a leader on and off the floor.
MSA sells out
Those who failed to purchase Mogollon Sporting Association banquet tickets early are out of luck.
MSA spokesman Jack Koon announced early this week at all 228 tickets for the May 3 event have been sold.
For ticket-holders, the event at Mazatzal Casino begins at 5 p.m. with a no-host happy hour. The prime rib or chicken dinner is served at 6 p.m. The auction/raffle begins at 7 p.m.
Among the raffle items is a freezer full of buffalo meat and a week-long stay at a condominium in Maui.
Those who purchased their tickets prior to April 1 are entered into an early bird drawing for an over/under shotgun or a diamond bracelet.
All proceeds from the banquet will benefit local youth programs and conservation efforts in the Rim country. Since its inception, the MSA has raised more than $350,000.
Only the first 100 who register will participate in the 20th Annual Payson Community Christian School Trout Tournament to be held from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at Woods Canyon Lake. The registration fee is $20 if paid before May 7. On the day of the tournament, the fee increases to $25.
Proceeds from the tournament will be used to purchase student computers at PCCS.
Tournaments rules are:
1. Minimum fish size that may be kept is 8-inches.
2. Valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp is required.
3. Entries must fish Woods Canyon Lake only.
4. No prefishing after April 28.
5. Tournament will take place in all types of weather.
6. The tournament director will make all final decisions.
Registration for the tournament opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m. All preregistered fisherman must check in prior to participation. The weigh in, at the dock house, begins at 3 p.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Catch and release is permissible.
An awards ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Woods Canyon store. Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded. The trophies will be awarded for the largest fish and total weight of all fish caught.
There is a six-fish limit per angler. Entry forms are available at the Payson Community Christian School located at 1102 W. Lake Drive.
For more information call 474-8050.