Wyatt Burdette let it fly.

The Rim Country Middle School seventh grader’s name was drawn for the half-court shot contest at halftime of Tuesday’s varsity boys basketball game against Scottsdale Coronado at Wilson Dome.

Making a basket from half court is a long shot or they wouldn’t award a $100 prize.

Well, Burdette couldn’t have shot it any better.

It hit the backboard and went through the cylinder.


Public address announcer Tanner Mansoor couldn’t believe it. Mansoor, a 2019 Payson High graduate who played football and basketball at PHS, serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the boys basketball program this season.

He rushed over and picked up Burdette, and they celebrated like the youngster had just sank the game-winning shot in the state championship game.

Contact the reporter at kmorris@payson.com

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