After watching his Longhorn wrestlers polish off three consecutive early season foes, Payson High coach Casey Woodall was quick to praise several team members.
William McCrary, he said, “Is on a mission this year. He has looked very solid from all positions and has emerged as a team leader.”
The coach also praised Dallin Macnab, Conner Anderson, Kyle Brown, Tate Sweeny and Trevor Anderson as, “the kids who put in a lot of off-season work.”
The five, he said, “Have made vast improvements.”
Stephen Tubbs, who looked very athletic playing goalie for the PHS soccer team, is 3-0 this season, winning two by pins and one on forfeit.
“He has been a nice pickup at heavyweight,” Woodall said.
The heavyweight class was one the coach worried most about in early season after a couple of promising wrestlers in the division quit the team.
Chase Elmer, Dakota Harold, Anselmo Vasquez, McCrary and Macnab are also off to 3-0 starts this season.
In addition to lauding individual wrestlers, Woodall praised team intangibles saying, “The team attitude is the best I have had in my time in Payson ... the kids are really working hard and supporting each other.”
Among the younger set, the coach says, “The jayvees have looked dominant in three outings.”
On Nov. 21 in season-opening matches, the PHS varsity beat Coronado 67-21 and Poston Butte, 57-18.
On Nov. 28, the Horns overwhelmed Campo Verde 45-31.
The Horns return to action today, Dec. 4, in Wilson Dome against Florence, Higley, Blue Ridge and Fountain Hills. Jayvee action begins at 4 p.m. and varsity follows.