Novack Reaps Post-Season Awards

Cale Novack

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The awards keep rolling in for Payson High School baseball player Cale Novack.

The onslaught of post-season recognition began two weeks ago when coaches voted him to the All-Division III, Section III first team and continued a week later when he was tapped to the All-Division III team.

Later, he was chosen to play in the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star game and on Sunday, June 3, he was tapped All-Division III second team by the Arizona Republic newspaper.

Also, the AZSportsnetwork chose the PHS senior to the D-III third team.

The hail of recognition Novack is receiving has garnered the attention of coaches at Eastern Arizona College where he will play next season.

At Payson High School the past two seasons, Cale was coached by his father, Scott, who just weeks ago resigned his head coaching position to explore other possibilities.

“Cale still has a lot to learn, but he was one of our most fundamentally sound players and most mentally tough,” said Scott Novack. “Cale has a ton of potential and tools.”

Scott Novack attributes part of his son’s development his senior season to PHS assistant coach Waylon Pettet who, he said, “helped him become a more complete player.”

Defensively in the outfield, Cale showed the ability to run down fly balls and had the arm strength to return the ball quickly to cut off men or nail runners trying for the extra base.

He moved to the outfield the past season after playing second much of his sophomore and junior seasons.

“This was basically his first full season in the outfield, which is where we felt he always belonged, but we needed him at other positions, for the team,” Scott Novack said.

On defense, he committed just one error last season.

Offensively, he hit most of the year in the number two spot in the Longhorn batting order.

“He was asked to bunt, get on base, hit situational and still hit with power at times,” said Scott Novack. “His 30 RBIs, 30 runs (scored) and .671 slugging percentage were better than most two hitters in the state.”

Also, his .414 batting average included five doubles, two triples and three home runs.

Coach Pichotta, spokesperson for AZSportsnetwork calls Cale simply, “a talent.”

At the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game played in Surprise, Cale started in left field for the North, which dropped an 11-10 decision.

Cale also played football at Payson High, earning Section III second team honors as a tight end.

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