Veterans Teach Hopefuls At Girls Basketball Camp

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Aspiring basketball players have only this week to register for the upcoming Longhorn Girls Basketball Camp. Registration for the camp is $30 per youngster and ends at 5 p.m. Friday. Sign-up may be completed at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park.

Open to girls 8 to 14 years of age, the camp is from 8 a.m. until noon June 11 to 14 in Wilson Dome and the old Payson High School gymnasium.

PHS Coach Shaun Hardt will be on hand to coach the campers, as well as Arizona State University assistant coach Laura Hughes, former Lady Longhorn hoop star Reanna Martinez and several returning members of last season's varsity team.

At the camp, youngsters will be instructed in proper shooting, dribbling, passing and defensive techniques. Team play and rules of the game also will be taught.

Call 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

For Father's Day

On June 16 and 17, at the Butcher Hook Arena, Billy Jack Ewing and Cross Anchor Productions will host the Father's Day Saddle Ropin'.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. each day and the competition at 9 a.m.

On Saturday, No. 6, 8, 10, 12 and super-draw (open) divisions will compete.

The following day, No. 5, 7, 9, 11 and super-draw divisions are scheduled to compete.

Registration fee is $40 for teams, which includes three steers. Prizes include Running P trophy saddles to the high-money header and heeler of the weekend. The winners must rope on both days to qualify. Also Running P breast callers will be awarded to Sunday's high-money father-and-son/daughter team.

Call Ewing at (520) 479-2206 for more information.

OUI checkpoints

If you plan to do some boating on Roosevelt Lake Saturday, you'd be well advised to leave that six-pack on shore.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, in cooperation with an interagency task force consisting of officers from the Department of Public Safety, U.S. Forest Service and Gila County Sheriff's Department, will conduct Operating Under the Influence Checkpoints from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9.

"An OUI checkpoint is designed to work just like a DUI checkpoint on the highway," according to Craig McMullen, a Payson-based field supervisor for Game and Fish.

Special buoys labeled "OUI checkpoint" will direct boaters into areas where safety equipment will be checked. Drivers who are suspected of drinking will be given a field sobriety test and, if necessary, an intoxalyzer test. Arrests will be made and citations issued as necessary, according to Game and Fish Law Enforcement Supervisor Ray Kohls, who will be in charge of the event.

"We'll probably end up citing three or four people," Kohls said. "We're just trying to send a couple of messages that we're out there looking, and that drinking should not be part of the boating experience."

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