It's Time For Championship Competitions


A coin flip will probably be needed to decide the East region's top three seeds into the state football championship.

Knowing that, I told coach Jerry Rhoades to turn down any advice former Longhorn baseball coach Teddy Pettet might offer regarding flips.

During Pettet's 17-year tenure as PHS baseball coach, he had an almost uncanny knack of losing flips.

He often poked good-natured fun at himself, saying he was the unluckiest coach in Arizona when it came to coin flips.

A flip most remembered occurred in May of 2000 just after the Longhorns had pulled off the upset of the season by beating region champ Show Low. The win earned the Horns a third place tie with Blue Ridge.

However, in a coin flip held in then-PHS athletic director Barry Smith's office, Payson lost and fell to the fourth seed.

What made the loss doubly tough was it seeded the Longhorns against highly regarded Safford, the South region champion in the state opening round at Peoria Sports Complex.

The outmanned Horns were run ruled 12-2 by the Bulldogs.

Pettet returned from Peoria saying had he won the flip, the team could probably have advanced to the state title game.

So, Coach Rhoades, what'll it be, heads or tails?

Vintage shoot

A black powder rifle and pistol shoot will be held Nov. 9 to 13 south of Rye. It will not be at the trap range as reported last week, but rather at another site. Signs will be posted.

Among the events to be held are pistol shoots, trail walks, squirrel shoots, a mountain-man run, shotgun shoots and junior shoots.

Skill demonstrations will be held Friday and Saturday, and traders with antique and early American items are welcome. Vendors must check in before setting up. The fee for a family is $30, which includes a Saturday evening chili dinner; for singles, the fee is $20.

All campsites are dry, so participants should bring their own water and firewood.

For more information, call Pete Waichulaitis at (480) 833-2788 or Mac McCurdy (602) 989-2772.

Region volleyball in Wilson dome

The Lady Longhorns volleyball team and coach Arnold Stonebrink are gearing up to host the East regional championship tournament Oct. 29 in Wilson dome.

The teams will not be seeded into the bracket until the results of Oct. 25 regular season games are in.

Stonebrink said early this week he is hoping for at least a third place East region finish.

Tournament games will be played at:

  • 9:30 a.m. No. 7 vs. No. 6
  • 10:45 a.m., No. 4 vs. No. 5
  • Noon, Winner of 6 vs. 7 against No. 3
  • 2:30 p.m., Winner of 4 vs. 5 against No. 1
  • 3:45 p.m., Winner of 7, 6 and 3 against No. 2
  • 5 p.m., Losers of third round games play for third and fourth.
  • 6:15 p.m., the two undefeated teams play for the East championship.

The top four teams earn berths to the 3A state tournament that will begin Nov. 4 at Glendale Arena and wrap up the following day.

The East state qualifiers are pitted in the first round against the South region. From each region, No. 1 plays No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3.

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