Coaches Pick Tourney's Top Hoop Players

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Coaches of teams entered in the recently completely Holiday Hoops girls basketball invitational were allowed the opportunity to vote for an all-tournament team.

Tournament director Margine Bawden said at conclusion of each game, coaches were asked to cast all-tournament votes for two members of the opposing team.

The top vote-getter in the balloting was Stephanie Fogle of tournament champion, Apollo. In addition to being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, she won the three-point shoot out.

By all accounts, even those from usually tight-lipped game officials, Fogle was an exceptional athlete who might someday be playing at the next level.

Also from Apollo, Precious Amukamara was named all-tournament.

For Payson, Christina Deaton was the only Lady Horn named all-tournament.

Round Valley had two athletes chosen -- senior guard, Cassidi Donaldson and sophomore forward, Nicki Buck.

Mesa High, which beat Payson in the tournament opener also had two players tapped -- Tonia Pena and Lexi Brown.

Other all-tournament honorees were Stephanie Douthit (Desert Mountain), Taylor Romans (Globe), Lindsey Read (Kingman), Katie Riley (Higley) and Westin Kimberlin (Canyon del Oro).

P&R standings

In Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Women's recreational volleyball League play, Off the Wall is leading the standings with a 4-0 record. Trailing are Skyline Tree Service (3-3), GQ Builders (2-2), Payson Regional Medical Center (2-3) and Bashas' (1-4).

In the women's competitive league, Serves You Right leads with 5-0 credentials.

Chasing the league leaders are Old Hits (3-2), Big O Tires (2-2), H & H Paving (1-3) and Cha Ching (1-5).

With a 6-0 mark, Ludke Custom Builders leads the men's division. Payson Eye Care is 2-3 and Chapman Auto Center stands 0-5.

Show your support

Payson High School features three winter sports teams -- wrestling, boys basketball and girls basketball -- that have the talent to become among the best in the 3A conference.

In fact, winning East region and state titles are possibilities for any, or all, of the three teams.

As good as the PHS teams can be, attendance during last month's games and tournament was not as good as it should have been.

The teenagers who represent our town and school on the basketball and wrestling teams are hardworking student-athletes who deserve our support.

The next month will feature many crucial region showdowns against long time rivals representing Show Low, Snowflake, Blue Ridge, Round Valley and Alchesay High Schools.

Taking on any of those schools jump-starts an adrenaline rush in a teen athlete that is not soon forgotten.

Even coaches and ex-athletes long past the prime fondly remember the excitement of lining up against a Lobo or Cougar opponent.

The games are about pride -- in team, school, community family and self.

About the only thing more exciting for a Longhorn athlete than challenging an East region foe is to look into the stands and see friends and fans showing their unwavering support.

The opportunity to do just that exists in several East region games and matches to be played throughout this month. Admission is $5.

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