Firefighters, Cops Duke It Out Saturday


The sports highlight of the weekend will kick off at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday) on the Payson High School football field. The fifth Annual Guns-n-Hoses football game will pit local law enforcement officers against firefighting personnel from around the Rim country. In addition to the game, there will be a variety of other activities to tickle the fancy of young and old alike. One of the highlights for the younger set will be a visit from the Department of Public Safety's Ranger helicopter.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Payson Youth Football program which each fall fields at least five teams in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. A concession stand will be open.

Yes, there was

Longtime Rim Country Middle School teacher Jim Reed has an answer to a question posed in the April 25 edition of The Payson Roundup.

After winning the 2000 East region golf championship last week, Payson High players and coaches were left wondering if the title was the first regional golf championship won by a Longhorn team.

No banners fly in Wilson dome indicating there ever was such a championship. When a sports team wins a regional crown at PHS, it's a tradition to hang a banner in the dome commemorating the championship.

Reed said there were at least two previous regional golf titles. The most recent one, he said, was in 1990 when the Longhorns were members of the now defunct Class 3A West division.

According to Reed, because the team was undefeated in regular season play, it was crowned the regional (division) champion without having to win a season-ending tournament.

On the 1990 team coached by Reed were Jason Schwein, Eric Stailey, Rye Garrels, Chad Connolly and Courtney Hamilton. Reed said the other PHS golf championship he recalls was won in the mid '80s.

The Longhorn golf program began in 1981 with the help of Reed and a group of local volunteers who served as team sponsors.

As an unpaid coach, Reed remembers packing an enthusiastic group of players into a school van and heading out to find a prep match where the team would be welcome.

Committee meets

The Payson Stadium Committee, a group of 17 people representing local schools and the community, will gather May 2 to begin finalizing plans for the upcoming renovation of the PHS football field and track.

The committee will discuss ways to acquire volunteer help for the construction project and the possibility of adding more funds to the budget.

The first phase of the project, to begin early this summer, will include installing an all-weather track and moving the current bleachers to the south side of the field. That portion of the project has been approved by the school board and will be released for bid.

Much of the money for the project was acquired through the Credit For Kids tax program.

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