Huff, Two Former Horns Named All-State

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Two former Payson residents were named to the Class 4A All-State basketball team Sunday.

Mesa Mountain View's Harper Kamp and coach Cain Jagodzinski of Fountain Hills were once integral parts of the Longhorn program.

Senior Haylee Huff was named Class 4A honorable mention.

Kamp, the "Big School Player of the Year," attended Shelby School in Tonto Village and was a starring member of the Iguana basketball team. Following his eighth-grade year at Shelby, Kamp transferred to Mountain View where coach Gary Ernst has built a prep basketball dynasty.

Kamp has become a star at Mountain View. Last season the 6-foot-7-inch, 235-pound sophomore led the Toros to the 5A state championship averaging 16 points and eight rebounds a game.

Ernst has praised him as one of the finest "big men" to don a Toro uniform.

The former Iguana star has two years of high school remaining but that hasn't stopped college recruiters from lining up eager to acquire his services, Ernst said.

Jagodzinski, the "Small School Coach of the Year," led Fountain Hills to a 32-1 record and the 3A state championship. In each of his three seasons as head coach at Fountain Hills, Jagodzinski's teams have won at least 19 games.

Five years ago, Jagodzinski resigned from Payson High School and accepted a contract at Fountain Hills.

While in Payson, he coached basketball at Rim Country Middle School and as a Longhorn assistant.

Last season, Huff was credited with 114 assists and averaged five points and 3.4 rebounds per game. At the conclusion of Holiday Hoops, coaches selected her the tournament's most valuable player.

During her four-year varsity career, Huff dished out 375 assists to shatter the previous record of 230 set by Ellie Teach in the mid-1980s.

At the conclusion of the season, she was named to the All-Grand Canyon Region first team.

Following graduation, Huff plans to attend Grand Canyon College in Phoenix where she would like to continue her basketball career.

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