Davis Invited Down Under

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Payson High School varsity basketball player Tanya Davis, a sophomore guard, has received an invitation to participate in the 2003 Down Under Hoops Classic which will be held this summer on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Davis said she will make a decision on whether to accept the invitation after discussing the offer with her family at the conclusion of the prep campaign.

The Arizona team, which Davis would join if she opts for the trip, will be coached by Gilbert's Mike Epperson.

According to tournament organizers, the 13-day tournament will include stays in Sydney, Australia and in Surfer's Paradise on the Gold Coast of Australia. While Down Under, the team members play a minimum of four games against teams from other states.

While the tournament focuses on athletic competition, it also provides an opportunity for teenagers to visit a foreign country, explore a different culture, make new friends and take in popular attractions.

In his invitation to Davis, Epperson predicted that the tournament could draw -- for the first time in its six-year history -- teams from all 50 states.

Davis also was told she was issued an invitation because of her contributions to the community and other achievements.

To participate in the trip, players must earn trip expenses much like other PHS athletes have done in previous years.

Payson High has a strong tradition of sending athletes to Australia to participate in the Down Under competition.

In past years, the Longhorns have been represented in football, baseball, volleyball and wrestling tournaments.

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