Labor Day Soccer Tourney This Weekend

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A trio of the finest men's soccer teams from Phoenix will travel to Payson this weekend to participate in the inaugural Labor Day tournament

The affair, limited to players aged 35 and older, is sponsored by the Payson Futbol Club.

Tournament director Lee Woods predicts the Valley teams will provide plenty of spirited competition for the locals since most of the squads participate year-round in the highly competitive Scottsdale League.

One of the teams scheduled to participate, the Gilbert Incinerators, won the Fourth of July Kick in the Grass tournament held at Rumsey during the Independence Day holiday. The champions dominated play, finishing with 4-0 credentials.

The Labor Day tournament will be contested both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until dusk. All games will be played on the multi-purpose field at Rumsey Park. Admission is free.

As tournament sponsor, Payson Futbol has entered a 15-man team that also participated in the Kick In the Grass tournament. The locals finished third with a 0-2-1 mark.

At the conclusion of the Labor Day tournament Sunday evening, an engraved silver plate will be awarded the winning team.

According to Woods, the local club plans to make the Kick in the Grass and the Labor Day tournaments annual affairs in the Rim country.

The Kick in the Grass drew about 300 players and their family members to Payson.

Purple Pride

The Payson High School football and cross country team's united effort to raise much needed funds by selling discount cards was apparently a success.

The two teams engaged in a "blitz day" Aug. 19 in which athletes canvassed the community selling the cards for $10 each that allow the bearer to claim various discounts at local businesses.

Their goal was to sell at least 1,000 cards this fall and many of them were sold that day.

Event promoter, Chuck Hallock of Summit Screenprint, predicts the remainder of the cards could be sold by Sept. 8. To purchase cards, call football coach Mike Wheelis or cross country coach Chuck Hardt at 474-2233.

Bear facts

The Mogollon Sporting Association will sponsor an information program to help local hunters in their quest for Arizona black bears.

The program is at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in the PHS auditorium and there is no admission charge.

According to MSA member Sandee Koon, Arizona Game and Fish Department bear research biologist Stan Cunningham will head the program.

Topics to be covered include life cycle of bears, the animal's diets, the terrain they favor and hibernation patterns.

Following the presentation, bear guide Steve Smith will provide tips on how to locate the animals in the wild.

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