Dakota Marshall and Maddie Nossek have been named the recipients of the second Mogollon Sporting Association Ted Pettet Scholarships.
The two winners were announced Tuesday evening, May 25, at an MSA-sponsored cookout at Rumsey Park.
Pettet said that all the students who applied for the $2,000 scholarships were worthy and narrowing the choices down to the two winners was a formidable task.
To be eligible for the two scholarships, applicants had to be graduating seniors who had lettered in two varsity sports or one varsity sport and band.
“We know how important it is for students to do things successfully outside the classroom,” Pettet said. “So we wanted to honor that.”
Marshall competed in three sports, football, basketball and baseball, during his senior season.
In basketball, he was slowed much of the campaign by a broken ankle, but managed to become one of the team’s top scorers, rebounders and defenders. When on the court, he used his 6-foot-5-inch frame to dominate in the paint. At the conclusion of the year he was named All-East honorable mention.
Playing wide receiver in football, Marshall caught 11 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
As a pitcher and infielder in baseball, he was All-East second team and was selected to play in the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game.
That game will be played at 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 29, at Surprise Baseball Complex.
Nossek was one of the most accomplished track and field athletes in the history of the sport at Payson High School, reminding some of former stars Stephanie Robertson and Rheanna Martinez.
In the high jump at a mid-season meet in Lakeside, she set a school record of 5 feet, 6.25 inches that was also the best leap in Arizona this season.
At the 3A state meet, she won the high jump and long jump and was second in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run.
Her track accomplishments earned her an invitation from Arizona State University coaches and recruiters to join the Sun Devil team next year.
She has accepted and will enroll at ASU.
In basketball, Nossek was slowed by injuries, but wrapped up the season as the team’s leading scorer averaging 11.5 ppg. The mark was third best in the East.
In addition to her scoring, Nossek was a fierce rebounder and a solid defender.
The founding of the Pettet scholarships, which are funded by MSA, was announced last year as a tribute to the man who was Payson’s first mayor, coached basketball and baseball at PHS, helped found the track team and taught at Payson High for 22 years.
He also was once the PHS athletic director, coached Little League baseball, was on the Gila Community College’s board of directors and is a founding member of MSA.
At the time the scholarships were announced, Pettet said, “It’s an honor to be recognized and a privilege to have lived in Payson for 50 years.”
The first Pettet scholarships, given out in the spring of 2009, went to Dakoda Wholly and Cydney Figueroa.