Former Baseball Coach Works Wonders


A recent e-mail from Teddy Pettet and a quick online check of the Argus Observer newspaper in Idaho revealed the former Payson High School baseball coach is weaving his old magic at his new Weiser High School digs.

In leaving Payson last year to coach at Weiser, Pettet inherited a baseball team that hadn't been to the Idaho state tournament since 1988.


Former Payson High School baseball coach Teddy Pettet led Weiser High School to the Idaho state playoffs.

The former Longhorn coach turned that misfortune around by leading his team to a second-place finish in the district tournament and a state seed.

In earning the state berth, Weiser had to beat Fruitland in a battle for second place. During regular season play, Fruitland had whipped Weiser 6-3, 6-5 and 5-4.

But in the skirmish for the district silver, Weiser turned the tables on Fruitland, 16-5.

With a second-place seed to state in tow, Weiser drew Idaho's No. 1 ranked team -- Filer -- in the first round.

Pettet's squad lost 13-2, but earned the distinction of being the only team to score on Filer during the tournament. Filer went on to win the state 3A championship, played at Elks Memorial Field in Ontario, by scores of 9-0 and 6-0.

Unlike Arizona state playoffs, which are single elimination, the Idaho format guarantees all-state qualifiers at least two games.

Pettet called that set up "kind of a neat idea."

In the consolation bracket, Weiser rebounded from the loss to Filer by beating American Falls 7-6 and defending state champion South Fremont 3-2.

"(Winning the state consolation title) was quite a ride, I was really happy for the kids," Pettet said.

Pettet's crew wrapped up the turnaround season with a 16-10 record and a brighter outlook for next season.

"We struggled all season, and then were finally able to get everything together," the Argus reporter quoted Pettet. For Pettet the state tournament appearance was his 11th consecutive. The first 10 were at the helm of the PHS baseball program. In 1999, Pettet led the Horns to the state championship.

Antique fishing show Saturday at Tiny's

Local outdoorsman Ken Gouker will host an antique fishing lure sale and show from 9 a.m. to noon June 4 at Tiny's Restaurant.

There is no admission and everyone is invited to sell or buy antique lures and have their own appraised.

Gouker said collecting antique lures and fishing tackle --s strange as it might sound to some --s a popular hobby. More than 8,000 people are members of the National Fishing Lure Collecting Association, Gouker said.

Antique lures are those built from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Register tomorrow for youth football

The Payson Youth Football Association will hold its next registration for players and cheerleaders from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at the Arizona Public Service offices located at 400 W. Longhorn Road.

Registration booths will be set up in the back of the APS building. Children 6 to 13 are eligible to participate in the league. The fee is $60 for cheerleaders and $70 for players. A discount will be given to families with more than one participating child. Prospective players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to the sign-up.

Registrations will also be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 in the APS building. The final sign up will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at Farm Bureau Insurance, 100 W. Roundup Road.

The local football association is also seeking a coach for a mighty mite team and a board member. For more information call Scott Geske at (928) 476-5354 or Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.

Morris Memorial

The Jack Morris Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will tee off at 7:30 a.m. June 19 at Payson Golf Course.

The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

The field will be limited to the first 110 golfers who register and the deadline is June 10.

Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a preselected hole.

The golf committee is searching for more participants and event sponsors. All donations are tax deductible and a tax ID number is available.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway. The tournament is played in memory of Morris, who died Feb. 23, 2004 of complications from a stroke. Morris was 34 at the time of his death.

Morris was an assistant football coach at Payson High School and was instrumental in helping the Longhorns earn the 1998 Class 3A state championship.

For more information about the tournament, call tournament director Gary Cordell at (928) 474-4401.

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