The word out of California is that former Payson High School baseball star Tom Canale is set to forego his final year of college and enter the professional draft on June 6.
Canale, a fireballing right-hander, currently sports a 10-0 record at California Lutheran University and has attracted considerable attention from professional scouts including the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He's decided to try his luck in the draft and has been told by his agent and scouts that he could be chosen as early as the sixth round.
If that indeed happens, his signing bonus will make him a rich man.
According to his mother Theresa, Tom will negotiate in any pro contract he signs for the right to return to college in the off-season and at the conclusion of his career. Mom says he's determined to get his degree. As soon as his current college playing stint has ended, Tom is set to move to Peoria.
Local fans will remember Tom as the tall lanky teenager who first began to show pitching potential in Little League.
At Payson High, he was a premier hurler known for his tenacity on the mound. After graduation in 1996, he was elected to play in the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South all-star game. Overlooked by Arizona State and the University of Arizona, Tom decided to accept a college scholarship at Cal Lutheran where he became one of the premier pitchers in the country.
Recently, the Sports Information Director at the school called Tom, "our franchise."
According to his mom, several publications in southern California have featured Tom, labeling him "the small-town Arizona kid."
Car wash to benefit Horn soccer
Lady Longhorn soccer coach Linda Gibson will take a crew of her players on a 16-day tour of Australia where the team will participate in two tournaments.
In order to earn money for the trip, the girls have been doing odd jobs and benefits around the Rim country. The next such event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 at Energy West offices located at 200 W. Longhorn Road. The cost of the wash is $5 and all proceeds go to help the girls make the trip.
It's a great cause -- make a point to go by and get the buggy washed. The girls making the trip will be featured in the May 23 issue of the Payson Roundup.
Boys Basketball Camps
Registration is now in progress for the town- and Longhorn-sponsored basketball camps.
Boys who will be in grades 4 to 6 this fall are invited to attend camp from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., June 12 to 16 at the old PHS gym. Camp for boys who will be in grades 7 and 8 this fall will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., June 19 to 23. Registration is $25 per child at the Parks & Recreation office at Green Valley Park.