Novack, Randall Selected For All-Section Team

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High School coaches have chosen Payson High senior Cale Novack and junior Chance Randall to the All-Division III, Section III baseball teams.

Novack was named to the Section III first team as an outfielder.

Randall, who played third base and catcher, was tapped to the Section III second team as a catcher.

The honorees were chosen in online voting.

Novack, who’s prep career is at an end, will play June 2 in the Division III Arizona Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game in Surprise and will then continue his baseball career at Eastern Arizona College.

“I was happy we got our two leaders on (the all-section team),” said Scott Novack, who resigned as PHS’s coach at the conclusion of the season.

Novack admitted he had concerns Payson wouldn’t have any player selected because the Longhorns did not make the state playoffs where players have ample opportunities to impress coaches and earn votes.

Last season, Randall compiled a .486 batting average with nine doubles five triples, seven home runs and 40 RBIs.

Cale Novack played both in the outfield and at second base hitting .414 with five doubles, two triples and three home runs. He also drove in 30 runs and scored 30 runs.

Defensively, he had just one error.

The two were vital cogs in a Longhorn team the finished the season a somewhat disappointing 16-10.

Entering the final game, the team had a shot at earning an invitation to the state tournament via the power points route

To do that, the Horns desperately needed a win against Camp Verde.

At the time, coach Scott Novack called the clash a “must-have game”.

But a victory wasn’t in the Longhorns’ destiny as PHS fell 11-1 and into 25th place in the season-ending power points rankings. And that meant, the Horns were denied a post-season berth by less than one power point.

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