More Bucks Needed For California Trek

Fund-raisers will continue until team reaches $2,000


If the Payson High School boys basketball team is to participate in a summer tournament and camp in California, coach Mike Loutzenheiser and the players will have to earn about another $1,500.

At a benefit car wash Saturday near Jiffy Lube in Payson, the team pocketed $465 of the $2,000 it needs to compete in the tournament.

"We'll have a couple of more fund-raisers to get the money," Loutzenheiser said.

The camp, July 11 to 14 in San Diego, is sponsored by the University of California at San Diego and annually draws the best teams from a four-state area that includes Arizona.

The annual shoot-out is designed to help prepare prep players for the demands of high school play. It's also a place where young players can showcase their skills in front of college scouts and coaches.

"It will be good for us to play on that level against competition that we normally wouldn't see," Loutzenheiser said.

In addition to the trip to California, Loutzenheiser has planned for the summer agenda open gym sessions from 5 to 8 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday.

The 5 to 6 p.m. time slot is reserved for fledgling players in third through eighth grade.

"They can come in shoot and play pick up games we'll have some of the varsity players there to work with them," Loutzenheiser said.

At 6 p.m. the gym will be open to all players. All sessions will be held in the old PHS gym and there is no fee.

Also on the summer schedule is a youth basketball camp to be held 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Thursdays from June 17 to 27.

Co-sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, the camp fee is $30 per week. The camp is open to any local player who would like to improve his court skills.

Registration for the class may be completed at the Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park.

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