Wilcox Swats Winning Homer

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Payson High School junior varsity baseball player Ryan Wilcox churned out more than his share of heroics in the Longhorns' 9-7 win over Show Low last week.

In the bottom of the seventh inning with the scored dead knotted, Wilcox swatted a dramatic game winning home run. The round trip ticket was Wilcox's second of an afternoon in which he finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate.

His performance, he said, was the best of the season.

A sophomore at PHS, Wilcox carries a .419 batting average.

The strange and unusual

While researching a sports feature about the Terrible's Town 250 Off-Road Race, I visited the website "Pahrump, Nevada Information and Welcome Center." Pahrump is the Nevada town where the off-road race was held.

The website appears totally legitimate, but I came across some very unusual information about the community.

On the site is the information, "Since there is nothing much to do (in Pahrump), some of the roughneck cowboys in old pickup trucks play a game called 'scare the hitchhiker.'"

The game is played this way, "The object is to drive as fast as you can, and as close as you can to hitchhikers on the side of the highway. This can be great fun especially if it's raining and you can splash them at the same time."

Wow, that is an unusual sport. I wonder if it is covered in the local newspaper Pahrump Valley Times?

Links showdown

The proceeds from a golf tournament May 4 will benefit the Payson St. Vincent de Paul food bank. The four-person, shotgun scramble tournament will tee off at 9 a.m. on the Payson Golf Course.

The entry fee is $65 per player for non-members of the PGC. For members, the fee is $45. Included are the green fees, cart and a buffet. Tournament sponsors promise there will be a bevy of prizes and awards including $10,000 in cash to a participant who scores a hole-in-one on the 198-yard, par 3 No. 2.

Other prizes will be doled out for closest-to-the pin winners, lowest scores and longest drives.

According to tournament director Richard Roy, foursomes can be made upon request with minimum team handicaps of 50.

The teams, however, must be made up of A, B, C, and D players based on submitted handicaps.

Players without handicaps can submit the averages of the last four games played.

For more information, or to receive an entry form, call Roy at 474-9559.

Is it in the cards?

Although the Cardinals have struggled during their years in Arizona, the team does have die-hard fans in the Rim country.

Among the most fervent are Bruce Haught and Mike Loutzenheiser.

You can bet those two, along with other fans, are anxiously looking forward to NFL Draft day Saturday, April 20. The "glass is half-full rather than half-empty" thinking is that through the draft, the Cardinals can improve themselves enough to earn a ticket into post-season play.

Local fans who want to participate in the Cardinals' Draft Day Party should travel to GameWorks at the Arizona Mills in Tempe. The party, open to the public, runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Cardinal players, coaches and cheerleaders. The team's highlight film will be shown at 8:30 a.m. It should be a short film.

Fans will also be able to watch, on more than 80 televisions, ESPN's live coverage of the draft. Raffle prizes throughout the day will include Cardinal season tickets. Food and beverage will be available. Admission and parking is free.

This year, the Cards have the 12th, 49th, 81st, 98th, 113th, 145th, 185th and 223rd overall picks.

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