Pwga Season Begins With Membership Breakfast

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Members of the Payson Women's Golf Association are gearing up for what they hope will be another banner year on the course.

The association will host its annual kickoff breakfast at 9 a.m. March 26 at the Crosswinds restaurant. PWGA member Alesha Calderwood invites all ladies interested in playing golf to join the association by attending the breakfast. Those who can't attend the breakfast may sign up at Payson Golf Course. The deadline for registration is March 22.

Call Calderwood at 474-1446 for more information.

Starring for the Jacks

Three former Payson High School track performers are now doing quite well on the collegiate scene.

Jeremy Hoff, David Shaw and Stephanie Robertson are members of the Northern Arizona University Lumberjack team that competes in the Big Sky Conference.

Hoff, shot-putter at Payson High School three years ago, has a collegiate-best throw of 56 feet 2 inches.

His former prep shot-put coach, Dan Switzer of Pine, keeps close tabs on Jeremy at NAU and says the youngster appears to have the potential to someday reach the magical 60-foot mark.

According to Switzer, Jeremy has successfully made the transition from the gliding technique he used in high school to the more difficult spin style. That will allow him to use his speed to throw farther, Switzer said. He's also had to adjust to the 16-pound shot that is used in college. In high school, he threw a 12-pounder.

Shaw, a sprinter during his days at PHS, is currently running the 200 meters for the Lumberjacks and is a member of the 4x400-relay team.

At Payson High, Robertson was one of the most multitalented track performers in the state. In college, she competes in the high jump, long jump, shot-put and 200 meters.

LaMotte, Pirch families bound for nationals

Payson High School wrestling coach Dave LaMotte and former Longhorn coach Dennis Pirch will travel east this weekend to regional and national wrestling tournaments.

LaMotte will be in Kenosha, Wis., to watch his son, Matt, compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships

Matt is a standout member of the West Liberty State College team. The school, located in West Virginia, is coach LaMotte's alma mater.

Matt, a 165-pounder, qualified for the national showdown by finishing as a runner-up in the East regional championships.

Coach Pirch and his wife, Kathy, will travel to the University of Pennsylvania near Philadelphia for the NCAA Division I East regional finals.

Pirch's son, Christopher is a member of the Cornell University team that sports a 33-13 record in the 149-pound weight division. If Christopher, a former PHS state champion, is successful at the regionals, he would earn the right to advance to the NCAA championships later this month.

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