Many dignitaries attend dedication

The Winslow school system dedicated its gymnasium to athletic director and girls' basketball coach Don Petranovich in ceremonies on Jan. 31.

Petranovich's current Lady Bulldogs team notched his 662nd victory of his storied career before the dedication with a 63-58 win over Tuba City.

Dr. Harold Slemmer of the Arizona Interscholastic Association presented the school with the Don. F. Stone Award at the beginning of the ceremonies. Slemmer said that the award went to the school which was deemed to have the best all around extra curricula program in the state as determined by a point system for all sports, musical and drama achievements. He said that it was the dedication of educators and coaches like Petranovich which made the award possible.

Many former players and opposing coaches came to Winslow to join in the celebration and honor Petranovich. Among those were long time Marana High School girls' basketball coach Mike Dyer, Round Valley Athletic Director Willis Hawes and football coach Russ Semore, long time referee Tom Ortega from Holbrook and a large number of former Winslow High School coaches, teachers, staff and fans.

Players from each of Petranovich's six state championship teams and six state runners-up teams displayed the trophies they had won.

During his storied 29 year career, Petranovich's teams have won six state titles, finished second six times, been in the final four teams 21 times and won 22 regional championships. His career record is an astounding 662 wins against only 141 losses.


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