Pettet Stars On Gridiron, And At Bank One Ballpark


Former Payson High School three-sports star Waylon Pettet enjoyed a weekend most young athletes only dream of.

On Friday evening at Casa Grande High School, Pettet played a starring role in Class 2A/3A North vs. South Arizona Coaches Association All-Star football game.

Two days later at Bank One Ballpark, the former Longhorn was among the high school all-stars who played in the North vs. South Super-50 All-Star game immediately after the Diamondbacks 13-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

In the football clash, Pettet's heroics helped the North squad, coached by Winslow's Matt Gracey, rally from a 12-point deficit with less than four minutes left for a 24-20 win over the South stars.

In the North rally, Pettet scored on a 12-yard TD pass reception from Ganado signal caller Ty Lynch. Minutes later, he intercepted an errant pass from Globe's Talmage Hansen and returned it to near the South 20-yard line.

The interception set up a TD run by Bourgade's Quinton Bellamy. Alchesay's Justin Lupe, no stranger to Longhorn fans, ran the two-point conversion for the final score of the game.

In the Super-50 game that showcased the talents of the state's best baseball players, Pettet played the final five innings in the North's 7-2 win over the South.

During his all-star stint, Pettet finished one-for-two at the plate with a run scored and a strike out. Playing centerfield, he recorded five put outs. Four of the outs were on fly balls. On the other, Pettet flagged down a line drive in right centerfield.

Although the defensive plays might have been routine for a major league player, they were tough assignments for a youngster who just wrapped up his high school career.

"I think he found out how big Bank One is. Most of those fly balls would have been home runs in our ballpark," Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet said.

The coach, also Pettet's uncle, traveled to Bank One to take in the all-star game that he coached in last summer. Also in the crowd with the Payson coach were several college recruiters eager to uncover talent not already signed.

Pettet has accepted a college scholarship to Central Arizona College where he will continue his baseball career.

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