Longhorn Trio Rewarded With Place On All-East Team


Region basketball coaches have tapped five Payson High School boys to the All-East team.

A trio of the selections, Brian Schwind, Robert Neuman and Brandon Buckner, were named to the first team in a voting of coaches held at season's end.


Miles Huff, right, was named an honorable mention athlete on the All-East region team selected by head coaches at season's end.

Miles Huff and Ollie Lewinson were chosen as honorable mention.

Coaches based their selection of the All-East team honorees on the players' performances during the past season.

Schwind, a 6-foot-5-inch senior center/forward, was the Longhorns leading scorer with a 12.1 ppg game average.

His shooting percentage of 56 percent was second on the team only to Lewinson who shot at a sizzling 60 percent clip.

Buckner, a senior, played most every position on the court the last two seasons and was Payson's second leading scorer, with an 8.9 ppg game average.

Neuman finished with a 7.7 ppg game average and was the Longhorn's top long distance shooting threat. During the campaign, he made 21 of 55 three-point attempts for a team high 38.2 percent average.

Lewinson, a 6-foot-7-inch sophomore, missed seven games early in the season when he traveled abroad with his family. He appeared in just 23 of the Longhorns' 30 games but managed to impress opposing coaches enough to earn some All-East votes.

Huff, a junior guard and play-maker, pulled the trigger in the Longhorns offensive scheme. He averaged 5.6 ppg and was a long distance shooting threat, hitting 26 of 78 attempts.

In addition to Schwind's All-East selection he was named earlier this school year as a Wendy's High School Heisman honoree and a recipient of a Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy Scholar-Athlete award for maintaining a 3.50 GPA or higher while participating in varsity sports.

Huff also received the 3.50 or higher scholar-athlete award and Buckner was a citation winner for maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA.

The battle at state

The highlight of the past campaign for the award winners and other team members might have been the Longhorns' effort in the state tournament opener against state No. 1 ranked Chandler Seton.

Picked to be demolished by the powerful parochial school, the Horns (16-14) pushed the Sentinel's to the brink before falling 62-55.

Trailing 39-16 at halftime, the Longhorns put on a determined second half rally that will remain etched in the minds of local fans for decades to come.

Relying on a fast break offense, pressing defense and a breakneck style of play, the Horns outscored Seton 39-23 in the final two quarters.

The come-from-behind effort came up just short, but earned accolades from coach Chuck Hardt.

"They never quit. I am very proud of them, especially the seniors," he said.

If there was a surprise outcome in a voting of the region coaches, it was that East champion Holbrook had only two players selected to the first team and Roadrunner star Corderro Bennett was not named player of the year.

That honor went to Round Valley's Lyndel Bonds.

His selection, however, left East fans scratching their heads, because Bennett was the region scoring and rebounding leader and regarded as the most talented player in the East.

Round Valley's Chase Bigham was named Coach of the Year.

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