Lady Horns Head To Blue Ridge Invitational

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Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Steve Konvalin has entered a team in the Blue Ridge Invitational Summer Tournament that will be played July 16 and 17 in Lakeside.

The coach says the tournament will be a great opportunity for young players to work on their net skills before the prep season officially opens in early August.

To prepare for the tournament, Konvalin has scheduled a series of practices. Sessions will be held 7 to 9 p.m., July 6 and 8, in Wilson Dome. July 13 and 15 -- also 7 to 9 p.m. -- the sessions will move to the old high school gym.

Girls who wish to participate in the Blue Ridge tournament should attend the practice sessions.

Call Konvalin from 1 to 5 p.m. at 474-2774 for more information.

To Quailwood
Several members of the Payson Women's Golf Association nine hole group -- the "Niners" -- traveled to near Dewey last week to play in the Quailwood Invitational. Betty White was third in flight B, Dorothy Hardman second in Flight C, and in Flight D, Fran Strumpfer was second and Julie Lynch third.

More hoops
Last fall, several local players traveled to Phoenix to play in the Hoop-It-Up World Tour and came away saying it was a fun time. About 3,500 players participated in the Phoenix event, one of 44 cities on the U.S. tour.

Hoop-It-Up returns to Phoenix once again, Sept. 25 and 26, and the event could draw even more players.

Hoop-It-Up is open to players 8 years and older, of all abilities. Tournament divisions range from Top Gun (college experience or better) to recreational, including special divisions for teens (17 and under), kids (10 and younger) and players over age 35.

All teams are placed in divisions according to age, gender, height and skill to ensure a fair and competitive experience.

At the Arizona Fairgrounds, 102 street basketball courts are set up for tournament play.

Entry forms are available via the Hoop-It-Up hotline at (888) 997-PLAY. Interested players also may register on the official tour Web site at www.hoopitup.com.

The entry fee is $104 per team which includes a minimum of three games. The registration deadline is Sept. 15. Admission is free for spectators.

Football camp
Youngsters looking to excel in football next year will soon have a great opportunity to get a jump start on the season.

The Learn It the Longhorn Way youth camp will be held from 8 a.m. until noon, July 19 through 21 at Payson Elementary School. PHS coach Jim Beall, his staff, and some selected varsity players will be on hand to help the youngsters master the skills necessary to be successful in the sport.

The camp is open to athletes ages eight through incoming eighth-graders. The fee is $30. Registration forms are available at the Payson Roundup.

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