Where’S The Respect?

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You can have a perfect season. You can have an unbelievable win in the state championship game. But you can’t get the respect you deserve.

That is the way things seemed to pan out when the 3A East Region Awards for the 2008 football season were announced earlier this week.

There were honors, to be sure.

Josh Anderson was named Coach of the Year. Selected for offensive first team were Ridge Halenar, Matt Wilson and Logan Garner; defensive first-team honorees included David Carlen, Shane Keith, Tyler Savage, Bryan Burke and Nick Johnson. Named to the second-team offense were Payson Herring, Brandon Alexander, Schaffer Keith and Mason Dacanay; selected for second-team defense were Max Johnson, Ryan Schatz and Westin Gibson. Honorable Mention honors were accorded Josh Frewin and Cody York.

“We got gypped, if you ask me, regarding not having either offensive or defensive player of the year, but at least the team did what they set out to do by the time it was all over,” said Anderson.

With the help of the Tonto Apache Tribe and Mazatzal Casino, the team is still celebrating, though.

The football banquet is at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15 at the casino. It is for all football players in the 9th through 12th grades who finished the season with their respective teams. Freshman, sophomore and junior players may bring their parents to the celebration. Seniors are allowed to bring their families for their final Senior Recognition ceremony.

The Tonto Apache Tribe and Mazatzal Casino are sponsoring the entire event, Anderson said.

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Jeannie Herford wants your photos from the Longhorns’ gridiron victory season. She is planning on creating a commemorative poster and would like photos of players, coaches and staff for a collage design.

Herford said the collage will be reproduced in poster form and sold for $10 to help raise funds for Coach Josh Anderson to buy season rings for the players.

A graphic design poster will be available at the upcoming football banquet, Herford said. Once she has collected the photos she needs and designed the collage, the photo poster will be printed and available by Christmas, she said.

Contact her at jherford@earthlink.com or call her at (928) 978-2808.

Sports writer Max Foster is taking a well-deserved vacation and will return in about 10 days.

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