Soccer fans from 7 to 13 years of age will have the opportunity to showcase their skills Saturday when the local Elks club hosts its annual Shoot Out at Green Valley Park. Registration, which is free, begins at 8 a.m. and the competition at 9 a.m.
For the shoot, youngsters will compete in both boys and girls age groups. The age divisions are 7-and-under, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13.
The age is determined as of Aug. 1, 2002, and a birth certificate must be brought to registration.
Winners of the local event will qualify for district competition Oct. 27 in Kingman. Winning youngsters can eventually qualify for state and national competition.
Last year, Ciara Wholly, then 13, lit up the Elks competition by winning Payson, regional and state honors. She eventually advanced to the national championships in St. George, Utah. Although she didn't win the national title, Ciara had the time of her life, her father, Roger, said.
Because she is now 14 years of age, Ciara is no longer eligible to compete.
In the soccer competition, the older age groups are given a predetermined number of 20-yard shots at a goal.
Each shot is awarded points based on the difficulty of the attempt. The younger age groups shoot at goals of varying sizes.
Pair of starters go down
When Randy Perham and Ryan Peters went down with injuries last week, the Payson High School boys soccer team was given two damaging blows.
Randy suffered a broken jaw against Snowflake Sept. 18 at Rumsey Park. Coach Roger Wholly says the jaw will be wired shut and a plate put in place. Wholly is hopeful Randy can return for the state tournament Nov. 8 and 9.
Peters suffered torn ankle ligaments in a tournament game Friday against Blue Ridge. His playing status is not known.
Dedication on tap
A highlight of this week's sports activity will be the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies for the new artificial track and field surface at Payson High School.
The ceremonies will be held at halftime of Friday's football game against the Tuba City Warriors. Kick off is 7 p.m.
The event will honor the contributions of many, including the Stadium Improvement Committee and the Tonto Apache Tribe, who participated in helping the long-awaited track become a reality.
Glenn Hale, who spearheaded the early drive to improve the aging track, also is expected to be on hand.