Rim country sports fans have a golden opportunity today (Friday) to enjoy an excellent barbecued steak dinner and also take in what is expected to be an exciting prep gridiron clash.
From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria, the Payson High School wrestlers and the Longhorn drama club will host a benefit steak dinner to earn money for their programs.
The menu includes a sirloin steak, baked potato, salad, bread and soft drink. The tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, and are available at the door or from any wrestlerette or drama student.
All of the proceeds go to worthwhile causes. Without the money earned at the monthly steak dinners, many of the extracurricular activities at the school would find themselves in dire financial straits.
Following the meal, fans can take the short walk west of the cafeteria to the high school football field to cheer for the Longhorns as they play the role of underdog in their clash against the Wickenburg Wranglers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Payson Labor Day slowpitch softball tournament produced six victorious teams.
In the Men's C Division, Payson State Farm played its way to the title.
East Valley Sports of Mesa won the Men's D Division crown.
In the 55-years-and-older Senior Men's competition, the Arizona Aeros, a Valley-based team, took top honors. The Hombres, a Sun City squad, captured the 65-years-and-older Senior Men's championship.
Competing in the coed division, how could a team named Free Beer and Chicken not win the championship? By its name alone, it would be chided out of the tournament if it wasn't good.
In the Women's Division, Payson's Hot Ice was the winner.
Hardts at Peaks
Former Payson High School running sensation Whitney Hardt, now of Round Valley, won the girls division championship of the prestigious Peaks Invitational Cross Country meet Sept. 7 in Flagstaff. Whitney's younger sister, Kari, was fourth.
Middle school softball
Throughout the month of November, a junior high/middle school fastpitch softball tournament will be held in the Phoenix area. Tournament directors are looking for Arizona teams to fill out the bracketing.
Call Gary at (480) 451-4942 for more information.
The 2003 BestBet Aluminum Boat team tournament season begins Oct. 12 at Apache Lake.
The 2002 season wrapped up Sept. 6 and 7 at Lake Pleasant with Mesa anglers Todd Graffa and Kevin Cunningham winning top honors. For the win, the champs towed home a new Bass Tracker ProTeam 175 Special Edition bass boat equipped with a 75 HP Mercury ELPTO bass boat and trailer. The rig was valued at $13,000.
Call (480) 894-2775 for more information about the BestBet tournament circuit.