Soccer Tournament Starts Tomorrow

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There's been a last-minute change in tomorrow's (Saturday) Independence Day Men's 35-years-and-over Soccer Tournament schedule.

Originally, the Payson entry was scheduled to play at 11 a.m. against the Valley's Incinerators. That game has been rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. on the Rumsey North field.

Payson's other tournament games on Saturday are slated for 9:30 a.m. (vs. Hard Rockers at Rumsey North) and 8 p.m. (vs. Arsenal at Rumsey North).

On Friday, the first day of the tournament, Payson plays at 11 a.m. (vs. Sand Dragons at Rumsey North) and 8 p.m. (vs. Mirage at Rumsey Library.)

Tournament action for the six teams participating tipped off at 9:30 a.m. this morning (Friday) and will continue until 9:15 p.m. The schedule will be repeated in tomorrow's play.

At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, the playoff for third- and fourth-place will be held.

Immediately after, about 11 a.m., the championship will be decided.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

In the tournament format, a winning team is awarded six points and a tie is worth three points. Also, each goal scored is worth one point up to a maximum of three points. One point is awarded to a team that records a shut-out win.

At the end of the first two days of competition, the top four point producers are seeded into Sunday's final two rounds.

McKeen in top-10

Longtime Rim country angler Emery McKeen teamed up with Maurice Johnson of Tempe to finish 10th in the final AllStar Bass tournament of the season. The event was held June 28 at Roosevelt Lake. For their catch of 4.40 pounds, the pair earned $275 in prize money.

In the tournament field, only six teams weighed in a limit. The winning team of Clayton Ross and Guy Zamudio, both of Glendale, caught just two bass. The good news for Ross and Zamudio was that one fish tipped the scales at 8.79 pounds. The team's weight totaled 10.72 pounds and was worth $4,945 including the Big Fish award.

According to AllStar officials, popular fishing strategies included black and blue jigs on mainlake points in about 25 feet of water.

PAHH golf on tap

More than 100 players from around the state are expected to participate in the Seventh Annual Pioneer Title Agency Benefit Golf Tournament, Aug. 23 at Payson Golf Course.

Among the cities to be represented are Sierra Vista, Prescott, Payson and several from the Valley.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity in its mission to provide decent affordable and healthy houses in partnership with low- and moderate-income Payson residents, PAHH spokesperson Judy Berger said.

The tournament, which tees off at 8 a.m., will feature a best-ball scramble format.

Entry fee is $70 per player or $50 for Payson Golf Course members. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, drinks and a chance to win prizes.

Although the tournament will be played in foursomes, participants may enter as individuals and be placed on a team by the tournament directors. Players can also form their own foursome.

Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title (421 S. Beeline Highway), the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup or at the PAHH office at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road. Entry forms must be returned by Aug. 11 to Dale Gonzales or Pioneer Title. Call 474-3235 for more information.

Summer program to end

The Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored youth recreation program will wrap up July 18.

Until then, youngsters who have completed fourth to 10th grades are eligible to participate in the program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

The program offers basketball, volleyball, table tennis, pool and a variety of other activities. Will Dunman, David Daniels, LeeAnn Owens, Brandi Waugh and Darrin Grover supervise the activities.

The center is closed today for Independence Day.

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