Former Payson High School teacher and coach Curt LeBlanc has been appointed head football coach at Queen Creek High School.
LeBlanc, also formerly of St. Johns, served as an assistant coach at Payson High School from 1993 to 1998 under Dan Dunn and Jim Beall.
During the Longhorns 1998 state championship run, LeBlanc was the team's offensive coordinator. He also taught math at PHS.
At the conclusion of the 1998-99 school year, LeBlanc resigned both his teaching and coaching positions to become the head football coach at River Valley High School.
After a frustrating first year in which his team didn't win a game, LeBlanc guided RV to a 5-5 record and a berth in the state tournament last fall.
At Queen Creek, LeBlanc will work under former Round Valley High School football coach Tot Workman who is now the athletic director at QC.
Tickets, priced at $10 each, are now on sale for the Ducks Unlimited raffle that will feature such prizes as a 2001 Polaris 4x4 Quad ATV, picnic table set, La-Z-Boy recliner and Ruger 10/22 rifle.
Tickets may be purchased at Gila-Redi Mix, Lumberman's Building Center in Star Valley and Shear Attitude Hair Salon in Bashas' Shopping center.
March 24 at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, the Polaris Quad will be on display and tickets available. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 474-9266 or 472-8441.
"We'll be happy to deliver," Ducks Unlimited 2001 Chairperson Bruce Wilson said.
Proceeds from the benefit raffle are used to fund DU's environmental education program in fifth-grade classrooms in Payson, Pine and Tonto Basin.
Little League needs umps
Umpires are urgently needed for the upcoming spring and summer Little League baseball program. The baseball season gets swinging in mid-April and continues through June.
Games are played weeknights from 4:45 p.m. until 7 p.m. If rainouts occur, games are rescheduled to Saturday evenings.
The youths involved in the program are nine to 15 years of age. Umpires need not be certified but must have a good knowledge of the game and pass a written test.
The position is a paid one. Anyone interested in umpiring should contact Don Engler (474-4609) or Ron Miller (474-5093)
MSA tickets on sale
The 9th Annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet is at 5 p.m. May 12 at the Mazatzal Casino.
Following the no-host cocktail hour, dinner either prime rib or stuffed chicken breast gets under way at 6 p.m. During the meal, several raffles will be held. An hour later, the evening really gets rolling with the lively auction and even more giveaways
The list of prizes and raffle/auction items to be sold or given away is an extensive one.
Tickets bought before the March 31 deadline are $60. After that date, tickets are $75 and the bearers are not entered in the drawing. So, it's best to buy your tickets early and take your chances on winning the rifle or jewelry, Koon advises.
Call Wayne Morgan at 474-3768 to purchase tickets or to donate to the banquet.
Messages which Koon promises will be answered promptly may be left at (520) 474-0440.