A contingent of Longhorn varsity basketball hopefuls coached by Teddy Pettet are prepping for the 1999-2000 campaign by honing their skills in the six-team Sedona Summer League.
Participating in the league with Payson are teams representing Camp Verde, Mingus, Bradshaw Mountain, Chino Valley and Sedona.
Each Monday, the local team -- usually about 10 strong -- travels to Red Rock High School in Sedona for games. Summer league games are contested under conditions similar to regular prep contests, except the clock is kept on running time until the final two minutes of each half. Also, no individual fouls are recorded, but team fouls are kept. After 10 team fouls, one foul shot is awarded. After 12 team fouls, two shots are given.
The format, Pettet said, allows the games to be played at a quicker pace than normal.
In Payson's most recent outing, a double-header played Monday evening, the Rim crew slipped past Bradshaw Mountain, 46-40, but then lost a squeaker to Mingus 38-36.
Earlier this summer, Payson whipped Camp Verde, 47-46, and lost to Red Rock ,66-52.
The summer hoop program will host its own tournament June 18 and 19. Set to participate are teams from Mesa Mountain View, Shadow Mountain, Scottsdale Horizon, Tucson Amphitheater, Scottsdale Arcadia, Phoenix North, Tucson Sabino and Payson.
Action in the round robin begins at 11 a.m. Friday and continues until 6 p.m. The following day, Saturday, the first tip-off is slated for 9 a.m. The final game begins at 4 p.m. Games will be played in both the old PHS gymnasium and Wilson Dome.
There is no admission charge.