Stakes High At Benefit Steak Dinner

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For more than a decade, monthly $5 benefit steak dinners held at local schools have helped fund cash-strapped extracurricular activities.

Through the years, fans and parents have traditionally supported the dinners and in turn have enjoyed a nice meal that includes a grilled sirloin steak, baked potato, salad, beans and drink all that for only $5 for adults and $3 for children.

The next such benefit dinner could prove to be an exciting night out for wrestling fans. The dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

Following the lip-smacking dinner, fans can walk up to Wilson Dome and take in an exciting match that will feature the number-one ranked Payson Longhorns against 10-time defending New Mexico state champion Aztecs.

The match is being billed as a mat clash made in wrestling heaven.

Good food, good competition what more could anyone ask for?

The proceeds earned at the dinner will benefit both the wrestling team and the PHS wrestlerettes.

For those unfamiliar with the wrestling scene, wrestlerettes sponsor Pat Heizer has always shouldered the burden of ensuring her crew is the well-dressed, spirit leaders at every match whether it's home or away.

Like the wrestling team, the wrestlerettes desperately need more funds to continue its quality extracurricular program. Purchasing a dinner ticket is a great way to support well- deserving, hard-working Rim country youngsters.

Tickets may be purchased from any wrestler, wrestlerette or at the door the night of the dinner.

Big thanks

Coaches, administrators and wrestlers at Payson High are doling out a big thanks to the Mogollon Sporting Association for their financial support of the Tim Van Horn Memorial Tournament held Saturday in Wilson Dome.

The MSA donated about $1,500 to the tournament. The gift was a great gesture from a very worthwhile organization.

Play ball

Youngsters ages 7 to 16 years interested in participating in the Payson Little League program have only one more opportunity to register for play this spring and summer.

The final of three sign-up sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Jan. 27 at the Payson Police Department training room located at the Town of Payson complex, 303 N. Beeline Highway. Youngsters must take proof of residence and a birth certificate to the sign-up.

The fees are $40 for the first child in a family, $35 for a second child and $30 for a third.

Fees include a complete uniform, which may be kept by the players at season's end.

Call Ron Miller (474-5093), Don Engler (474-4609), Don Bell (474-4303) or Kim Sleeper (476-5275) for more information.

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