Hunt Stars On Third Base At College


Former Lady Longhorn three-sport star Molly Hunt, 21, wrapped up her junior college softball career Saturday as the starting third baseman for Eastern Arizona College.

That day, the Gila Monsters (27-11) lost a season-ending double-header 3-1 and 8-0 to Central Arizona College.

Albert Hunt, Molly's father, traveled to the tournament at Central Arizona College in Casa Grande and returned saying she played well defensively, but the entire EAC team struggled at the plate.

After graduating from Payson High School in 1998, Molly played one year at Mesa Community College before transferring to EAC, where she received a full ride scholarship. At EAC, Molly sports the number "11" the same number she wore throughout her athletic career at Payson High.

Molly's mother, Charlene, a Payson Police officer, says her daughter is studying criminal justice and plans on beginning her career in law enforcement this fall with an agency in the Phoenix area. She's set to begin the testing process this summer.

Molly will become a third generation police officer, following in the steps of her mother and grandfather, Roy Creach.

Plan on attending?

Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman and his players are hoping a strong contingent of local fans travel to Phoenix Friday to cheer the team as it begins pursuit of the school's first state softball championships.

Finding Rose Mofford field can be a tough task for many Rim country residents unfamiliar with the northwest area of Phoenix.

There are many routes to the sports complex, but one of those recommended by Dunman's wife, Lisa who made the trip last year is take the 202 freeway off Country Club Road as you enter Mesa from the Beeline.

From there, switch to Interstate 17 and drive north to the Dunlap Avenue exit. The complex is located just off Dunlap at 25th Avenue, across the freeway from Metrocenter.

The complex is located at 9833 N. 25th Ave.

PAHH Home Run

The annual Wildflower 5K spring walk/run, sponsored in past years by the Town Parks and Recreation Department, has taken on a new look.

Set to begin this year at 9 a.m. May 12 near Green Valley Park, the walk/run to be renamed "The PAHH Home Run" will be conducted as a benefit for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity chapter.

The course, which winds 3.1 miles in length around the park, will remain basically the same as it has been in past years. Registration for the walk/run 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.

Registration forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club at 811 E. Highway 260 or at the Habitat for Humanity Offices located at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road. The Habitat office is open from 9 a.m. until noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 474-0330 for more information.

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