With the Gila County Sheriff's office purchase of $100 worth of tickets, a benefit raffle to earn funds for Payson High football and the sheriff's youth recognition program is under way.
To be raffled is a special autographed football signed by members of the Payson High School Longhorn state championship football team. Along with the football is a framed, poster-size team picture and a championship game video donated by Bob West of Sports Cassette Production in Scottsdale. The video includes post-game player interviews.
The football and poster are on display in the offices of the Payson Roundup, where raffle tickets priced at $1 each or six for $5 may be purchased. The drawing for the winner of the items will be held on Super Bowl Sunday.
Gila County Chief Deputy Byron Mills says the raffle is an excellent way to support PHS football and the department's new Youth Recognition Program. The YRP was founded last spring and honors student athletes throughout Gila County for their good citizenship and athletic/academic achievements.
Cable Morris, Josh Barnhart and Stephanie Robertson were Payson's first honorees.
Little League sign-up
Registration for participation in the 1999 Payson Little League program will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16. Both sessions will be held in the council chambers at Town Hall.
Late registrations will be conducted Jan. 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also at Town Hall.
Youths must be from 7 to 16 years old as of July 31, 1999 to participate.
Every child who registers to play in the Payson Little League must show proof of age (birth certificate) at the time of registration.
Registration fee for one child is $25. For each additional child in the family it is $20.
Late registration is an additional $5.
Hoops on the agenda
The tip off of the inaugural 1999 Copper State Jam middle school tournament is only days away. The 16-team tournament will be contested Jan. 8-10 in the Tonto Apache gymnasium. Tournament director Steve Rensch, who also coaches the Shelby School hoop teams, says the fray will draw some of the best boys' middle school teams in Arizona.
But more than a basketball tournament, he says, the event will be family-oriented with a host of other activities.
The Shelby team, which has an 11-0 record, will participate, as will a team from Rim Country Middle School.
The tournament will tip off each day at 9 a.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students each day.
For more information on the tournament, call Rensch at 478-0357.
Youngsters interested in playing seventh- and eighth-grade basketball in the Town Youth League should start brushing up on their hardwood skills.
Registration for play will be Jan. 11 through 15 at the Parks and Recreation offices, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per player and includes a team T-shirt and a pizza party at the end of the season.
The games will be played on Saturdays in February.
For more information, call Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272.
Unless you attended the Rim Country Duals last weekend, you probably don't know that PHS wrestling coach Dennis Pirch was presented a very nice commemorative ring by principal Phil Gille in honor of the 10 state championships the Horns have won.
Pirch is a very modest man and wants all attention directed towards his athletes.
He'll probably tell no one about the award, but few in the state are as deserving.