Coach Gives Heartfelt Thanks For Msa Support

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Payson High School wrestling coach Dennis Pirch leaves little doubt about how much the benevolence of the Mogollon Sporting Association means to local athletic programs.

In a recent letter to members of the MSA, Pirch wrote:

"I would like to say thank you for the continual support of Payson High School athletics.

"What you do as a group of civic-minded citizens, who come together for one target purpose of improving opportunities for young people is second to none.

"This coach is deeply moved by your willingness to sacrifice your time and energy in making the banquet a success.

"All athletic programs have benefited from your benevolence by helping fund tournaments, equipment and uniforms.

"Thank you so much."

Friday's edition of the Payson Roundup will feature the history and accomplishments of the local association. The MSA's 9th Annual fund-raising banquet will be held May 12 at Mazatzal Casino.

Date change

The date of the Payson High School wrestling banquet, originally Feb. 27, has been changed. The new date will be announced this week and published in the Payson Roundup.

Wrong number

In a story about four Payson High School seniors bound for Australia to play in the Down Under Bowl, an incorrect phone number was printed.

The correct number for Shaun Hounshell is 474-9217. Persons wishing to help the former Longhorn football player earn the money for the trip may contact him at that number.

Gun safety

A hunter education class will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the Payson Police Department. The cost for the class is $7 per person and pre-registration is required. Call Glen Farnam at 474- 6468 for more information.

North is tops

If there were any doubts that the North region was the basketball kingpin of Arizona's 3A conference, they were surely erased by the results of the state tournament.

Tuba City, of the north, won both the boys and girls state championships Saturday evening in Phoenix America West Arena.

The Warriors boys team defeated Coolidge 69-57 to win the title for the second straight season.

In the girls gold-medal round, Tuba blasted Winslow 62-44 to also win its second consecutive state championship.

All of the qualifying teams in the final four Ganado, Monument Valley, Winslow and Tuba City represented the North region.

The games were played in front of more than 14,000 fans, many of whom made the long trek from Tuba City to cheer on their beloved teams.

Prior to the championship game, Winslow's Don Petranovich was honored as the "3A Girls Coach of the Century."

A 1959 graduate of Winslow High School, Petranovich who is a retired teacher now serves as the school's athletic director.

Phoenix games in Payson

Payson High wrestling coaches are feverously working to host the Phoenix edition of the Grand Canyon State Games wrestling competition. The tournament will be held June 2 in Wilson Dome. Competition will be held in all age groups in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling.

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