Football Camp Set For July 7-10


The town of Payson and Longhorn football club-sponsored youth football camp will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 7 to 10 at the Rumsey Park south field. The camp is open to youngsters entering second through eighth grades. Instructors will include Payson High School coach Jerry Rhoades, his staff and several of the varsity players.

Campers will be taught various gridiron skills including passing, catching, running and other techniques. It is a non-contact camp.

The registration fee is $35 which includes a camp T-shirt. Registration may be completed at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park.

Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Pine team takes fifth

The fishing duo of Pine residents Ray Purtill and Buddy Randall pocketed $250 in prize money for their fifth-place finish in the BestBet Aluminum Boat team tournament June 21 on Roosevelt Lake. The two weighed in 4.98 pounds of fish on a day angling was extremely tough for all competitors. Only five six-fish limit were weighed in during the tournament.

Ironically the winning team of Chris Baldwin of Mesa and Mark DiBrito of Phoenix caught only one bass. The lunker, tipped the scales at 8.96 pounds. The winning team earned $3,880 in prize money including the big fish option.

The second-place team of Mike Cancino of Phoenix and Henry Martinez of Flagstaff boated their limit but the six fish only weighed 5.52 pounds. Cancino and Martinez earned $1,402.

The event marked the conclusion of the BestBet series for the 2003 season. The BestBet team championships will be held Sept. 5 and 6 at Bartlett Lake.

Men's soccer on tap

The Payson Independence Day Mens' 35-years-and-over soccer tournament will be contested July 4, 5 and 6 on both the Rumsey North and Rumsey library fields.

Action tips off at 9:30 a.m., July 4, and continues until 9:15 p.m. The schedule will be repeated in July 5 play.

At 9:30 a.m. 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 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.

Payson plays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., July 4. Both games are on the Rumsey Library field.

On Sunday, Payson is slated for games at 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. All are on the Rumsey North field.

Youth program under way

Youths who have competed fourth to 10th grades are eligible to participate in the town's youth recreation center, 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. The program is supervised by Will Dunman, David Daniels, LeeAnn Owens, Brandi Waugh and Darrin Grover.

The program continues until July 25. There is no fee.

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