Whitney Hardt was named the Most Valuable Girls Player, following the Rena Waterman Memorial Coed Youth Basketball Invitational held last weekend in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.
As a member of the Tonto Apache Warriors, Hardt -- a point guard -- paced her team to a third-place finish.
Seven teams participated in the tournament.
On the mat
There are no secrets behind the success of the Longhorn wrestling team's unbridled success. It's simply the result of hard work.
During the off season, dedicated youngsters continue to compete and practice in hopes of someday helping the team earn yet another state crown.
Only last week, five young wrestlers traveled to Tempe Desert Vista School where they participated in a USA Wrestling freestyle meet against some of Arizona's best grapplers.
Payson Elementary School student Porter Wilbanks took a first place in the 95-pound competition as did Rim Country Middle School student Nathan Lee in the 140-pound class.
Also from RCMS, Garrett Stanley (130) and Larry Wilbanks (112) finished second.
PHS freshman Zack Lee, a member of last season's state championship team, took runner-up honors.
The youngsters, and several others, are set to travel to either Peoria or Flagstaff this weekend for yet another USA Wrestling tournament.
Because of the many fine young athletes, the Horn wrestling program never has to rebuild, just reload.
The Mogollon Sporting Association will host its annual banquet May 6 at the Mazatzal Casino. A no-host cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and door prizes at 6 p.m. An auction tips off at 7 p.m.
The list of items to be raffled, auctioned and given away will include about every hunting, fishing and camping item imaginable. Also, members have secured some very nice items, including gift certificates at a local jewelry store, for the ladies.
Tickets are priced at $50 per person and only 230 will be sold.
Call 472-9794 for more information about MSA or the banquet.
18-hole group kicks off season
The Payson Women's 18-hole Golf Association will begin its 2000 season with a kick-off brunch Tuesday, March 28.
Experienced golfers who have an established handicap or demonstrate the ability to play to a 40 handicap are invited to be our guests at the brunch.
For more information about becoming a new member or attending the brunch, call Dorothy Back at 474-6020 or Joyce Karnes at 472-6037. Current members may also sign up for the kick-off brunch by calling Dorothy or Joyce.