Another Payson High School student-athlete, Waylon Pettet, who graduated in 2003, made his mark at the collegiate level. After his senior year for the Longhorns, he was selected to play in the baseball 1A-3A All-Star game, sponsored by the Arizona Coaches Association. His stellar performance earned him a position in the Super 50 baseball game at the Diamondbacks field on Sunday afternoon. The Super 50 is a field of the best graduating seniors, regardless of school classification.
Not only was Waylon a successful baseball player, he also starred for the Longhorns on the gridiron, going both ways, in the defensive secondary and as a wide receiver on offense. He was also selected to play in the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star football game.
He had a busy seven days, playing in three different All-Star games the week after high school graduation.
He had a tough decision to make as to which sport to choose at the collegiate level. Waylon chose baseball and accepted a scholarship to play at Central Arizona College, where he became a two-year starter, playing center field. His speed in the outfield and on the base paths caught the eye of the head coach at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., where he played his final two years of college baseball.
His senior year at Cameron was very successful. He started 50 games and led the team in stolen bases and triples. Waylon held down the center field position for two years, only committing three errors in his tenure in the outfield for the college.
With one more semester of schooling, he will have earned his degree in business administration. Cameron has a program that ensures all student athletes have an additional year of education after their eligibility is complete. This is a great benefit to their athletes and increases the school's graduation rate. Payson High School athletics can be proud of another success story in Waylon Pettet.