Wheelchair Suns Roll Into Town April 21

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One of the fun events of the spring is the Payson Hot Wheels vs. the Banner Wheelchair Suns benefit basketball game April 21 in Wilson Dome. Tip off time for the classic is 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Phoenix Suns, the wheelchair team travels around the state hosting benefits similar to the one in Payson.

The proceeds earned will be used to benefit disabled students in the Rim country.

Tickets are $1 at the door Free tickets are available prior to the game at several local game sponsors. They include Wal-Mart, Vinrose Homes, Safeway, Payson Physical Therapy, Payson Care Center, Mogollon Health Alliance, Mazatzal Casino, Energy West, Days Inn, Chapman Auto, Back to Basics and Amon Builders.

Rim athletes excel

The Northern Arizona University track and field team has a decidedly Payson flare this season.

On the Lumberjack team are three former Longhorn standouts including Stephanie Robertson, David Shaw and Jeremy Hoff.

Robertson is participating in the heptathlon event she starred in during her three years at Payson High School.

Hoff has adjusted well to throwing the heavier 16-pound college shot-put and is nearing the magic 50-foot mark.

The speedy Shaw, a 100- and 200-meter standout at PHS, is vying for a position on the Lumberjacks sprint relay team.

Having three PHS alumni go on to compete successfully in college is certainly a feather in the coaching cap of the Longhorn staff.

Achievement on and off the court

Proving physical and mental fitness go hand in hand, Harper Kamp the captain and leading scorer on the Tonto Village Shelby School basketball team recently won the state elementary school chess championship. The youngster played his way to the crown with a score of 7.5 out of 8. During the fray that drew hundreds of youngsters to Tucson, he won seven matches and tied one.

With the triumph, he and his Shelby teammates will travel April 25 to Kansas City, Kansas for the national championships.

Earlier this year, Kamp was named a small-school all-star at Copper State Jam youth basketball tournament.

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