WHS Football players honored at banquet Dec. 19

The Winslow High School football team was honored at a banquet held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Dec. 19. A large crowd of players, parents, coaches and devoted followers attended the event.

Most of the awards given had been reported at the end of the season, but there were a few which had come in since that time. One of those was the honoring of Assistant Coach B. J. Little as the 3A Conference Assistant Coach of the Year.

Little has announced that he has resigned as a football coach for the next season. He has left his mark on the team and is rightly credited with much of its success.

Head Coach Adam Larsen said that as long as Little owns a telephone, he will not hesitate to ask his advice.

KINO Radio commentator Loy Engelhardt narrated the event and said that just reaching the state finals was a monumental accomplishment.

He said that while Coolidge deserved its title that night, the Bulldogs had fought gallantly and left everything on the field.

He recounted many memories of the deeds of this team.

He also urged that the team be respectful when they play Blue Ridge in the future, but to remember that this school had dropped them from the football schedule, dropped out of the Winslow softball tournament and, most recently, cancelled its regular season basketball games with the Winslow team.

He said when the chance arises, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs should be sure to take home the victory.

Coach Larsen handed out awards to especially diligent supporters of the team which included Lisa MacLean and family, Art Griffith, Engelhardt, Doug Watson, Mary Ann Smith, Don Petranovich, Emil Nasser and Shirley Kelly.

Among the awards given were five for players who will play in the Arizona Senior All-Star Game at Thatcher this summer. Those included Jordan Payne, Cory Dean, Clint MacLean, Nick Anderson and Mario Peralto. Larsen will coach the North team with his assistants.

The audience enjoyed a tasty barbeque dinner while watching film highlights of the season.

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