Four Ladies Invited To North-South All-Star Clash

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For the first time in the history of the Payson High School cross country program, the Lady Longhorns will have representatives in the Arizona Coaches Association North vs. South All-Star meet.

That celestial run which will be contested in all classes 1A through 5A kicks off at 7 a.m. June 7 on the campus of Central Arizona College near Casa Grande.

Leighann Haynes, Shelly Closs, Lily Flores and Amy Davis will represent Payson in the run. The four, who all graduated from PHS last week, were members of the Lady Longhorn team that won the 2001 Class 3A state championship last fall.

In the state finals, Haynes was eighth in the 104-runner field covering the 3.3-mile course in 20:04. With a 20:21 clocking, Flores finished 10th. Closs was 13th (20:33) and Davis finished 34th (21:31).

The fastest PHS runner from the state championship team, Whitney Hardt, won the individual title in 18:28. She is not eligible for the all-star match because she is a sophomore. Only seniors may participate in the ACA games.

Swim season begins

The Payson Parks and Recreation swim team began practices for the summer season Monday morning under the direction of new coach Gloria Olsson. She replaces Christy Ford who resigned last season.

Taylor Pool lifeguards Cassie Fulp and R.C. LaHaye are set to assist Olsson at the helm of the team. The team practices, in age groups, from 6:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. each weekday morning.

Meets are slated for June 8 (intersquad), June 15 (Arizona Sports Ranch), June 22 (Sedona), July 20 (Cottonwood) and July 27 (Kingman). All meets are held at 8 a.m. at Taylor Pool.

Call 474-5242 for more information about the team.

Calling all Longhorns

Payson High School boys basketball coach Mike Loutzenheiser is encouraging all Rim country hoop hopefuls to participate in summer camps.

The Longhorns boys camp is on the Town Parks and Recreation agenda for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 to 20 and June 24 to 27. Boys entering grades three to eight next school year are eligible to participate. Youngsters may sign up for the first, second or both sessions. The fee is $30.

The camp will focus on improving the shooting, passing, rebounding, dribbling and defensive skills of those who attend.

For more information, call 474-5242, ext. 7.

Softball on the horizon

Beginning tomorrow (Wednesday), Payson High School softball coach Will Dunman will be hosting softball clinics that will continue throughout the summer.

The clinics will be open to all girls ages 8 years and up.

They will be held Wednesdays starting at about 8 p.m. or as soon as the last softball game ends on the high school field.

The clinics are free and will feature techniques in hitting, fielding and catching.

For more information, call Dunman at 472-2266.

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