Former Phs Athlete Making Payson Proud In Oklahoma

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Former Payson High School three-sport star, Waylon Pettet, has taken his high-flying athletic act to Oklahoma.

Pettet, who graduated from Payson High School with the class of 2003, now plays baseball for the Cameron University Aggies.

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Former Longhorn baseball star Waylon Pettet now plays centerfield for the Cameron, Oklahoma University Aggies.

The NCAA Division II school, located in Lawton, Okla. recruited Pettet last summer after he wrapped up a two-year baseball stint at Central Arizona College.

Pettet has started 26 of Cameron's 29 games and has played mostly centerfield where he is able to use his speed to flag down long fly balls and Texas League bloopers.

After a slow start at the plate, the former Horn is now hitting .270, has one triple, 23 runs scored and seven RBIs.

His finest performance of the young season might have come March 17 in the Aggies 13-3 win over Eastern New Mexico.

Pettet led the Cameron hitting attack, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

His two run single up the middle in the third inning lifted the Aggies out to a 5-0 lead and pretty much sealed the fate of the home standing Greyhounds.

In the seventh, he singled in two more insurance runs.

Among those in the stands cheering his efforts were his grandparents Ted and Lillian Pettet of Payson.

Waylon's athletic accomplishments on the collegiate level come as no surprise to those who watched him perform in football, basketball and baseball while at PHS.

His finest effort came in June 2003, at the conclusion of his senior year.

In the Class 2A/3A north vs. South Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game in Casa Grande, he played a starring role.

Two days later at Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field) the former Horn was among the high school all-stars selected to play in the prestigious North vs. South Super-50 All-Star game. The clash was played immediately after a Diamondbacks vs. Cleveland Indians game.

In the star clash, he finished 1-for-2 at the plate and recorded five put outs in the outfield.

In the ACA football game, Pettet scored on a 12-yard pass reception to help the North rally from a 12-point deficit with less than four minutes left for a 24-20 win over the South stars. During the waning moments, Pettet also intercepted a pass and returned it to near the South 20-yard line.

His athletic accomplishments at PHS eventually earned him a scholarship to Central Arizona College.

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