Actions Against Former Phs Coach Hard To Understand

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Those of us in the Rim Country who know Curt LeBlanc find it difficult to believe the Queen Creek High School football coach could ever be involved in any type of unethical tactics.

During LeBlanc's teaching and assistant coaching stint at Payson High School in the late 1990s, he built a reputation as a respectable, conscientious man who made principled decisions in the classroom and on the field.

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Curt LeBlanc helped coach the Payson Longhorns to the 1998 state football championship. Now working at Queen Creek High School, LeBlanc was recently disciplined by principal Angela Chomokos.

Knowing that, the news that he and assistant Tod Workman were doled out disciplinary measures by Queen Creek Principal Angela Chomokos came as a shocker.

Neither LeBlanc or Workman were on the sidelines of an Oct. 28 game against Apache Junction, and it's uncertain whether either will return for a regular season finale against Higley.

Their absences are apparently part of discipline doled out by Chomokos.

The discipline came after an investigation by school administration determined the Queen Creek defensive line purposely jumped offside on the first play of a game against Arcadia.

The Bulldog lineman struck the unaware Arcadia defenders before they were in their stances.

It is unclear why the linemen engaged in the strange ploy but some around the state are guessing it was to send a message to Arcadia that the game was going to be hard-hitting

LeBlanc has remained silent, rightfully so, about the incident.

If he did make a mistake in judgment, which all coaches do, LeBlanc is the type of man who will stand up and accept responsibility.

Hopefully, LeBlanc will return for the game against Higley. In it, he will be pitted against a one-time mentor -- Jim Beall.

At Payson High, LeBlanc was an assistant to Beall when the two helped lead the Longhorns to the 1998 state championship.

After leaving Payson High, LeBlanc coached at River Valley before moving on to Queen Creek.

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 earlier, but at another site east of Beeline near FR 419. 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.

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