Hoopsters Can Hoop It Up In The Valley


Arizona's largest three-on-three basketball tournament -- Hoop-It-Up-- will be played Sept. 25-26 in Phoenix at the Memorial Coliseum and Arizona State Fair Park.

The tournament is open to players ages 8 and up with divisions for male, female, coed, children (10 years and under), teen (17 and under) and senior (35 and over) classifications.

The winners of the elite Top Gun competition will represent Phoenix in the regional playoffs the following month. The entry fee for a three- or four-player team is $104. Each team is guaranteed to play at least three games.

The registration deadline is Sept. 17. Call 1-888-997-7529 for entry forms or more information.

Remember him

As a seventh-grader in 1994, Matt Porr attended school in Payson and was a pretty darn good athlete.

Porr's family moved to Mesa and the youngster is now a senior at Red Mountain High School. Matt, who still has many friends in Payson, must be doing a fine job for Mountain Lions coach Jim Jones. Despite a sore foot that has slowed him, Matt is slated to start at wide receiver for Red Mountain, replacing all-state Bristol Olomua, who graduated last spring. Those are big shoes to fill, as Olomua was regarded as one of the state's best receivers last year.


Payson Little League has an abundance of "Discount Cards" left over from the spring fund-raiser. In addition to two-for-one dinner offers and movie rentals, other businesses are offering free flat repairs, free personal training and various discounts on merchandise and services.

During the season, these cards sold for $5. Now, while they last, they are available for $3 or four for $10, by calling Stephanie Dvorak at 472-6500 or stopping by Metro Funding Corp. at 200 W. Frontier, suite 5.

Let's bowl

Fall leagues are now forming at Payson Bowl. Mixed leagues will compete Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The ladies' leagues are scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday and the men's at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The senior leagues bowl at 1 p.m. on Mondays and at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. Call Shirley at 474-9589 for more information.

Grays sweep tripleheader

The Scottsdale Good Times senior softball team returned to Rumsey Park this morning (Friday) set to reap revenge on a Payson Grays team that only one week ago swept a tripleheader from the Valley crew.

In that three-game stand, the Grays came from behind to win the opener 15-7, then rolled to twin triumphs by 7-2 and 8-2 margins, Grays coach Ron Maksymowski said.

Dick Johnson was the winning pitcher in the final two contests, and Maksymowski in the first.

The coach cited Dusty Wright, Walt Knasick, Fran Doering, Dick Erickson, Bill Youngs and Vern Stearns as outstanding batsmen for the Grays.

Defensively, Ken Cheesman, Ralph Bossert, Ken Jackson, Tom Neblitt and Stan Jason excelled, Maksymowski said.

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