Longhorn Cody York was named the All-East Player of the Year in a voting of coaches. Three other players earned first team honors and two were named to the honorable mention team.
Get out the brooms, All-East boys basketball voting was almost a clean sweep for the Longhorns.
Not only did Payson High receive Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors, the team also had three others named to the first team and two more honorable mention.
Kenny Hayes was chosen COY for the second consecutive season and Cody York was named the POY.
In addition to York on the All-East first team, Cody Waterman, Dakota Marshall and Shane Keith were tapped to the squad.
Matt Wilson and Ever Figueroa are on the honorable mention list.
The All-East selections are compiled in a voting of coaches at the end of the season.
Hayes led the Longhorns to a 19-11 record, two East Region titles and into the second round of state where his charges lost 67-57 to eventual state runner-up Chinle.
Last year, Hayes’ first at the helm of the program, the Horns were state runners-up.
The 2008-2009 season is Hayes’ final one as coach of the Horns. He will resign at the conclusion of the school year to become the defensive coordinator of the Dakota State University football team.
For the past four years, Hayes has been the defensive mastermind of the Longhorns coached by Josh Anderson, also the PHS junior varsity basketball team.
Anderson has been named the DSU head football coach and asked Hayes to accompany him there.
York opened his senior season quietly, but eventually went on a scoring tear finishing as the East’s top offensive threat averaging 16.3 ppg. Near the end of the season, he set a school record for most three-pointers in a game (eight).
Although he was known as a leaper who could dunk with prep’s best, he was also a threat from downtown hitting 53 of 147 attempts from beyond the 19-foot-9-inch arc.
He also led the team in rebounding (170) and in steals (77). Defensively, he blocked 22 shots which was second on the team to Wilson (25).
Waterman averaged 7.7 ppg and was also a long-range threat, hitting 23 of 60 attempts.
Marshall was a solid rebounder with 148 retrieves, 101 which came on the defensive boards. Offensively, he averaged 6.5 ppg and dished out 14 assists.
Keith, also an all-region selection as a safety for the Horns state championship football team, has been the starting point guard for the past two seasons.
With the responsibility for dishing the ball, he wrapped up the year with a team-high 134 assists.
He also averaged 4.2 ppg, had 56 steals and 89 rebounds.
The players and coaches will gather one final time for the traditional season-ending awards ceremony.
Hayes said it will probably be held March 30, but the date and place will be finalized after spring break.