Teen Racer Burnin' Rubber In Motocross Competition


Adolescent life couldn't get much more exciting for 14-year-old Yanni Krehbiel.

The teenager says she is thrilled to know she's one of the up and coming racers on the Arizona motocross circuit.

For the past year, she's been competing in the 80-cc motorcycle class and has done quite well aboard her Yamaha.

At her most recent outing, last month at Canyon Raceway near Phoenix, Yanni finished 13th in a field of 31 competitors. Her next outing will be tomorrow (Saturday) at the Payson Event Center.

Yanni says her goal is to improve on her past performance and learn even more about the sport.

Playing golf for football

The Partners in Football Golf Tournament is annually one of the chief fund-raisers for local gridiron teams. Because Payson High School has not yet appointed a new coach following the resignation last winter of Mike Wheelis, the local Central Arizona Youth Football Association coaches are shouldering the responsibilities of the tournament.

The benefits will be used to help defray the $15,000 per year it takes to field Payson entries in CAYFA.

This year, the tournament will be held May 12 on the Payson Golf Course. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the first tee time is 8 a.m. The format will be a four-man scramble. Entry fee is $50 per player.

Call Mike Conway (472-2326) or Eric Santana (474-1775) for more information.


A 5K walk/run to benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity will begin at 9 a.m. May 12 at Green Valley Park. The registration for the event is $15 if paid before May 11. The fee includes a T-shirt.

Pre-race registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. the morning of the race and will be $18.

After the walk/run, a pancake breakfast, prepared by members of the local Knights of Columbus chapter, will be held. Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Call 474-0330 for more information.

Mom's ride

Those searching for unique ways to celebrate Mother's Day might want to participate in the Arizona Copper Belles Mother's Day trail ride.

The ride leaves at 9 a.m. May 12 from Timber Camp, located 26 miles north of Globe on Highway 60.

The ride continues toward Show Low through the pinyons and junipers of the Tonto National Forest and includes a hamburger fry luncheon. In the afternoon, the group returns to Timber Camp, where the Belles will host a drawing for gifts.

Cost is $15 for individuals and $25 for mother-and-daughter teams.

Call Tina Robinson, (520)-425-0318 or Candy Sullivan, (520)-425-9688, to register. The deadline is May 1.

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