Phs Veterans Help Teach The 'Longhorn Way' To Young Players

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The three-day "Learn It the Longhorn Way" camp for pre-high- school youngsters wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

Payson High School coach Jim Beall and a staff of high school players who served as assistant coaches did a great job with the aspiring footballers.

Two graduated seniors from last year's 13-0 state championship team -- big Blair River and Josh "Barney" Barnhardt -- showed up to help out.

Some who've experienced the success of those two and are only weeks away from kicking off their college careers might deem it demeaning to stoop to work at a youth camp. But Blair and Barney put aside their egos long enough to humbly serve as very effective coaches and motivators for the youngsters.

It was quite a sight watching Blair -- 6-foot, 7-inch and 300 lbs -- stooping to teach an 85-pound nine-year-old how to get in a stance.

The campers were there to learn football, but the theme that Coach Beall and the assistants constantly reinforced was about "being good people." Football is important but equally as essential is good citizenship and academic achievement.

Who done it?
Some readers of the July 14 edition of the Rim Review --the Roundup's free weekly publication -- called to inquire about a picture used in the column I write, "Out on The Edge."

In the picture is a family heirloom .22 rifle mounted on a gun rack made of elk horns.

The nifty gun rack, that has become a conversation piece, was made by Cathy and Dennis Pirch.

Drawing over
Some of the good news in the fall big game drawing recently completed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department is that a local hunter was lucky enough to be selected for the bighorn sheep hunt, Dec. 1 to 31 in Unit 22.

Jeff Wantland is the only Arizona hunter given a permit in that particular unit.

His wife, Julie, who works at the Roundup, said Jeff's so excited he's already begun preparations for the hunt.

Also from the game department, their records indicate 236,172 applied for permits, which is an increase of about 20,000 over last year.

The drawing information has been loaded into an interactive phone system and individual applicants can determine whether they have been drawn by calling (602) 942-3000. For a $5 fee, applicants can call 1-900-896-1010 and receive the information.

The bad news in the drawing is that 7,000 applications were rejected either for not including a hunting license number on the application or for checks written for insufficient funds.

For successful applicants, hunt tags will be mailed by the end of this month. For unsuccessful applicants, refunds will be mailed by Aug. 13.

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