Because the Arizona Interscholastic Association finalized the 1A through 5A state tournament bracketings early this week, the Payson Longhorn baseball team now knows the route to the school's second state championship.
The Horns pursuit of postseason honors began at noon today (Friday) on Mariner Field No. 4 in the Peoria Sports Complex. The Horns opening round foe, Chino Valley, advanced to the state tournament as the West region's third seed. Payson entered the tournament as the East second seed.
If Payson emerges victorious against CV, the Longhorns will advance to a second round game at 10 a.m. May 4 on Mariner Field No. 5 in the complex. Payson's opponent would be the winner of a first-round game between the North champion and the South region's fourth seed.
A second-round victory would propel the Horns in a semifinal clash at 3 p.m. May 10 on Mariner Field No. 2.
A third tournament win would qualify the Horns for the Class 3A state championship game at 7 p.m. May 11 in the Main Stadium of the complex.
It was on that field that the 1999 Longhorns led by hurler Bryan Zumbro played their way to the school's first state baseball championship.
For the past several weeks, 17 Payson High School football players have been trying to earn money to attend a University of Nebraska football camp this summer. The teens would like to thank several local organizations and businesses that have contributed to their efforts.
Their support is greatly appreciated, the boys agree.
They include the Payson Rodeo Committee, Kiwanis club, Rim Radiology, Rim Country Self Storage, Bobcat Concrete, Chapman Auto Center, Phil White Ford, T.H.J. Homes, Wells Fargo Bank, Four Seasons Motor Sports, Plant Fair Nursery, Langham Construction, Payson Fence Co. and Supply, Northern Energy, Gleghorn Insurance Agency, Mountain Chiropractic, Ponderosa Steakhouse and Wal-Mart.
Food Bank benefit
Payson's St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank will soon reap the rewards of an inaugural golf tournament.
The benefit, which will be overseen by tournament director Dick Roy, will tee off at 9 a.m. May 4 at Payson Golf Course. The format will be "four-person shotgun scramble"
The entry fee of $65 ($45 for Payson Golf Course members) includes green fees, cart and a buffet following the tournament.
The single biggest prize in the tournament is the $10,000 to be awarded to any golfer who shoots a hole-in-one on the par 3, No. 2 hole.
Women entrants are eligible to earn closest-to-the-pin awards on No. 5 and No. 14, The golfer, man or woman, with the longest drive on No. 4 will also receive a prize.
Finally, those who turn in the three lowest scores of the day will be awarded gift certificates.
A free raffle will also be held during the post-tournament ceremony.
The tournament field will be limited to the first 72 golfers who register. Roy is expecting most Rim country golfers to participate, but anticipates a few Valley linksters will join in on the fun and competition.
For more information, or to receive an entry form, call Roy at 474-9559.