Good news arrived in the mail last week for Payson High School sophomore Rheanna Martinez.
It wasn't a Christmas present but rather a classy, embroidered sweatshirt she'd earned for being voted to the all-tournament team at the River Valley Tournament played in both California and Arizona Dec. 3-5.
Martinez and her teammates left the tournament early to return to Payson and the youngster didn't know she was named to the all-tournament team until the package arrived at the Payson School District warehouse.
Martinez followed up the accomplishment by being named to the All-Tournament team at the Holiday Hoops Tournament played in Wilson dome Dec. 21-22.
The Lady Horns don't have more tournaments on their schedule this season but Martinez has all-division honors she can set her sights on.
New skate park
About 10 skating enthusiasts and council liaison Ken Murphy joined Town of Payson Parks and Recreation officials at the skate park planning advisory meeting held Dec. 9.
The skaters were there to help prioritize a list of equipment that can be purchased with the $55,000 available from the council's general fund to build the facility at Rumsey Park.
The park will be a minimum of 60 x 80 or a maximum of 100 x 100 feet, depending on costs.
P&R Director Bill Schwind and Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider are continuing to finalize plans for the new project.
Proponents of the facility have been local businessmen who are burdened by the skater's presence in parking lots and on sidewalks. Payson School District resource officer Dave Blalock has also lent his support to the park.
Raffle at Roundup
Don't forget to stop by the offices of the Payson Roundup and purchase raffle tickets for a special autographed football signed by members of the 1998 Class 3A State Champion Longhorns team. Along with the football goes a framed, poster-size team picture and a video of the championship game.
All of the items are on display in the front officers of the newspaper. Tickets are priced $1 each or six for $5.
The proceeds go to good causes. The PHS football program will benefit as will the Gila County Sheriff's Department Youth Recognition program.
County Chief Deputy Byron Mills began the raffle by purchasing $100 worth of tickets.
The upcoming 1999 Copper State Jam, a three-day, 16-team tournament for boys middle schools teams is set for Jan. 8-10. Shelby School coach Steve Rensch is serving as the tournament director. He's still putting together the final touches but expects to have on hand several state sports celebrities as special guests.