There's no chance of the APS Power Play Tour being rained out as it was last year. That's because the tour will be held in the Rim Country Mall. Last fall, when monsoon rains sent participants scurrying for cover, the tour festivities were held at Green Valley Park.
On hand at the tour, from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14 will be Coyote players Krystofer Kolanos and Chris Gratton.
For $5, which will be donated to Coyote charities, residents can have their pictures taken with the two hockey stars.
Probably the most popular game during past Payson tours has been the "Slapshot Challenge" that tests the speed and accuracy of fan's slapshots into a goal.
Arizona Public Service traditionally has on hand a slide and a "bounce around" that usually provides plenty of entertainment for younger tour visitors.
Other games include a bubble hockey challenge, an obstacle course and a "Between the Pipes" hockey challenge.
The first 100 who arrive at the tour will receive a complimentary ticket to any Coyotes 2002 preseason game.
According to Coyotes' president Douglas Moss, the tour has received tremendous support from fans throughout the state.
"Interaction with our fans is a major priority for our team and, as we move towards our new home in Glendale this December, our players will continue to be even more involved with the community," he said.
After the tour kicks off at Rim Country Mall, it heads to Flagstaff (Aug. 15), the Snowbowl (Aug. 16) and Prescott (Aug. 17). For more information, call 480-563-PUCK.
Cards shuffle in Flag
More than 7,000 football fans, including some from the Rim country, turned out Saturday for the Arizona Cardinals intrasquad scrimmage at Northern Arizona University.
Some left disappointed that former Dallas Cowboy star Emmitt Smith did not make his debut in a Cards uniform.
Coaches held Smith out of the scrimmage to prevent any unnecessary injuries. Smith wasn't the only starter who did not participate; 16 players missed the scrimmage that was dominated by the defense. During the 42 snaps, the offense did not mount a scoring threat.
To me, it sounds like the same old inept Cards. Jake Plummer is probably better off in Denver.
Tragedy near Beeline
A 16-year-old Desert Mountain High School varsity football player bound for Payson was killed in a two-car accident Saturday on East Shea Boulevard in Fountain Hills.
Phillip Jacob Staun III was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car accident that involved a Cadillac carrying four DMHS football players. Also killed was the driver of the other vehicle, 30-year-old Martin Bonilla. Staun was driving the Cadillac that for unknown reasons crossed the median and collided head-on with a pickup truck being driven by Bonilla.
The teenagers were driving to Payson for a day of recreation before football practices begin next week.
The three injured players in Staun's vehicle were flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn where they are being treated. They are expected to survive.
When news of the tragedy reached Payson, some mistakenly thought Desert Mountain was a team the Longhorns had on their schedule this season. Payson does not play Desert Mountain. The Horns do play Desert Ridge at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in PHS stadium.