Add 18-year-old Taylor Walden to the roster of Payson High School baseball players who have been invited to participate in the 2003 Arizona Baseball Coaches Association 1A through 3A All-Star game.
Walden was not originally announced as an all-star baseball player even through he was selected by coaches. It seems he had to seek permission from his Arizona Coaches Association All-Star football coach to also participate in the baseball game.
Walden, who attended Red Mountain High School in the fall, had been selected to participate in the Class 5A North vs. South football clash.
After returning to his hometown of Payson last winter, Walden became a member of the Longhorn baseball team and eventually earned a position in the baseball all-star game.
However, that star spot was contingent on his receiving a waiver from his football coach to participate in both all-star clashes.
Walden graduated Saturday with the PHS Class of 2003. He hopes to continue his football career at a Valley junior college.
Others on the AzBCA all-star team from Payson are Jeremy Heairet, Nate Perna and Waylon Pettet. The game will be played at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at Grand Canyon University.
Bashas' pitches in to aid SO
Be sure to stop by the Payson Bashas' store before June 30 to purchase an "Inspire Greatness" Icon for $1. The money will benefit Special Olympics Arizona. As part of the stores commitment to the state, Bashas' goal is to raise $75,000 for Special Olympics Arizona.
"We've worked with great people at Bashas' for many years and we are consistently amazed at the level of dedication to our organization as well as others," Special Olympics Arizona Executive Director Chris Hite said. "The Basha family and its employees genuinely care about Special Olympics and the well being of their fellow Arizonans."
Special Olympics has long provided sports training and competition for over 7,000 children and adults with mental retardation throughout the state of Arizona.