Kenny Hayes, in only his second year of high school coaching, didn't lose a step in moving up to junior varsity after leading last year's freshmen to an 11-7 record.
That frosh slate was chalked up while PHS was a member of the 4A Grand Canyon region. This season, Payson is aligned in the 3A East region.
Hayes, also a PHS social studies teacher, has the current edition of jayvees out to a 5-0 record including a 70-46 victory over Chinle Dec. 19 in Payson.
In caging the Wildcats, Hayes cited sophomore Robert Walker for his exceptional play, which included a game-high 17 points and five steals.
"He had a good all-around game," Hayes said. "The real key was also everyone played good defense."
The coach also lauded Levi Neal for his 13 points and five assists.
Anthony Pierce, Troy Brown and Matt Jones finished with nine points each.
"Everyone on the roster (10 players) scored," Hayes said.
Jones, a solid defender and rebounder down low, is a junior who started on last year's junior varsity team.
Other than Jones, most of the current jayvee players were members of the freshman crew Hayes coached in 2004-2005. The team is, however, without the services of 6-foot-7-inch sophomore Ollie Lewinson, who earned a berth this season on the varsity team.
The jayvees will return to action Jan. 4 in Wilson dome against the Holbrook Roadrunners. Game time is 4:30 p.m.