Coyotes Players Come To Payson Sunday

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The APS Power Play Tour 2001 is coming to Payson Sunday afternoon.

The tour, which is making its fifth annual stop in the Rim country, is slated to be at Sawmill Crossing from noon until 2 p.m.

The tour kicked off Aug. 8 at Arrowhead Town Center in Glendale and has since visited Chandler, Lake Havasu, Yuma, Prescott, Flagstaff and Casa Grande.

Sponsored by Arizona Public Service and the Phoenix Coyotes, the tour stop in Payson will feature free fan-interactive events in which participants have the chance to meet and mingle with Coyotes players, participate in exciting games and win Coyotes prizes.

The games include the slapshot challenge, APS bounce around, APS slide, a bubble hockey challenge, FOX Sports Net Lucky Shot and the Upper Deck photo booth.

Among the Coyote players who could be in Payson with the tour are goaltender Sean Burke and right wing Landon Wilson.

New this year to the tour is the opportunity for fans to bid on a Coyotes jersey autographed by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Fans can also have their photos taken with their favorite Coyotes player for $5. All proceeds from the Gretzky jersey and the player photographs benefit Coyotes Charities.

At the Payson tour stop, team officials will have information regarding Coyotes tickets and merchandise.

Call (480) 346-5780 for more information about the tour.

Taylor Pool overrun

Don't be alarmed if you noticed more than 100 college students overwhelming Taylor Pool Wednesday afternoon.

That was the Arizona State University football team that was splashing and swimming in the pool.

The team was given a break from the rigors of two-a-day practices at Camp Tontozona to frolic for an afternoon in the pool

The Devils arrived at Tontozona, 17 miles east of Payson, Sunday and will depart Saturday afternoon following a fans' scrimmage set to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The scrimmage, which will last about 2 hours, is free of charge.

The Sun Devils have been conducting preseason training sessions at Tontozona since 1960.

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