Longhorn Athletes Blanked On Paper's All-State Selections


Once again the Payson Longhorns have been shut out in The Arizona Republic's selection of all-state players.

The teams were announced March 16.

Despite finishing as state runner-up in boys basketball, the Horns did not have a player named to either the first or second Class 1A-3A team.

The Lady Horns, who qualified for state as an East region co-champion, also did not have a member chosen to the first or second all-state basketball team.

Christina Deaton was named honorable mention among the girls and Robert Walker and Oliver Lewinson were tapped honorable mention on the boys team.

Although Payson drew a blank on the Republic's all-state team, that wasn't the scenario when the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association met March 2 in Phoenix. There, coaches chose a trio of PHS players to all-state squads. Deaton was named to the 13-member 3A all-state girls first team.

Cody York and Walker were chosen to the all-state boys first team.

Earlier this month, when The Arizona Republic announced its boys and girls all-state soccer teams, no PHS athletes were named first team. Kirscha Wholly and Chad Lammers were named honorable mention.

Also, Payson High School's wrestling program suffered a rare setback when not a single Horn grappler was named to the all-Arizona team.

PHS four-year starter Mark McCarty (152) was noticeably absent despite finishing the season with a 45-3 record and earning the Class 3A state championship.

The Arizona Republic sports staff chooses the all-state teams. Republic staff members say a coaches' ballot, all-region teams, interviews with coaches, statistics and reporters' observations were used in the selection process.

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