T-Birds, Horns Hold Diamond Camp

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Payson High School softball coach Will Dunman will hook up with Mesa Community College coach DeWight Byron to host the Play Ball Girls Fast-pitch camp.

Open to girls ages 10 to 18, the camp is Aug. 8 and 9 on Lady Longhorn softball field.

From 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the first day of the camp, fledgling players 10 to 13 years old will take the field. Campers 14 and older will receive instruction from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Aug. 9, the 10-to-13-group is slated for camp activities from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The 14-and-older girls will have the field from noon to 3 p.m.

According to the coaches, campers will receive instruction in fielding, throwing, hitting, pitching and strategy. Along with the $60 fee, campers receive a souvenir T-shirt.

While Dunman is well known in the Rim country for leading the Lady Longhorns to three appearances in the state tournament, Byron is somewhat of an unknown.

The Thunderbird coach took over the Mesa college program in 1997 and since has posted a record of 244-134.

Byron began his career in 1994 as an assistant baseball coach at New Mexico. He received a BA degree in Human Performance and Sport and a Master's degree in Sports Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University.

In addition to his coaching duties, he is an assistant athletic director at Mesa Community College. At Mesa, he has led the Lady Thunderbirds to six consecutive playoff appearances.

In 2000, he was the Arizona Community College Athletic Association Coach of the year.

For more information on the camp, call Charlene Hunt at 474-5242, ext. 7. Reservations can also be made by calling 472-2266.

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