Over in Sedona, a Red Rock High School senior has received a $7,500 scholarship for sporting a milk mustache.
Brian Sanders was honored as one of 25 winners from across the country to receive the 'Got Milk?'/Milk Mustache campaign's Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year award. Sanders was selected from 30,000 applicants by a panel of judges that included milk mustache athletes Kurt Warner, Cal Ripken, Marion Jones, Mia Hamm, Pete Sampras and Tony Hawk.
The good news in the milk mustache campaign is that local high school senior athletes can now enter the 2002 version of the contest.
In addition to the $7,500 scholarship, winners are given a starring role in a special milk mustache ad that will run in USA Today, Sports Illustrated and ESPN magazine.
Also winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for the awards ceremony. Winners will be selected on four criteria academic performance, athletic excellence, leadership skills and community service.
In Sedona, Sanders is a member of the football and baseball teams, as well as the National Honor Society president. He also volunteers in community programs such at Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer's Walk.
Complete rules for the contest are available online at www.whymilk.com.
Youth football registration
The Payson Youth Football Association will soon be offering free sports physicals to local players. Athletes who wish to take advantage of the opportunity may do so at a football registration, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Julia Randall Elementary School.
Local doctors will be on hand to administer the mandatory physical exams.
Also from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Rumsey Park North multipurpose field, a player and cheerleader registration will be held. However, no physical exams will be available at that site.
Players should bring a copy of their birth certificate to registration.
The fees are $70 for players and $60 for cheerleaders. For families with more than one child participating in the program, discounts are given.
Families that have adults volunteer two or more times during the season will receive a $20 refund. Volunteer duties could include running the game clock, working at the concession stand or announcing the games.
Athletes who cannot attend the July 13 registration should call Hugh Schrank (474-5613) or Angela Parker (468-6482) to register.
After July 13, the registration fees will increase to $120 for players and $100 for cheerleaders.
For hardship cases, scholarships are available.
Kile hooks fourth
Professional fisherman Mark Kile of Payson teamed up with Chandler's Keith Espe to finish fourth in the AllStar Bass Night Tournament June 28 at Apache Lake. The two weighed in a six-bass limit that tipped the scales at 21.05 pounds. The duo's largest fish was a 4.77-pounder. For the finish, the two pocketed $425 in prize money.
The winning team of Mike Casanova of Phoenix and Brain Severson of Gilbert weighed in 28.91 pounds and earned $1,700 in prize money.
The champions' strategy included fishing crankbaits, spinnerbaits and double-hook worms on secondary points in 15 to 25 feet of water.
The next in a series of seven AllStar Bass Summer Nights tournaments will be July 13 at Lake Pleasant. Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.