Wrestlers Earn All-Star Honors


Payson High School's sterling mat reputation was further enhanced when a trio of Longhorn seniors wrestled their way to postseason all-star victories.

At the Arizona High School All-Star meet held Feb. 22 at Casa Grande High School, Zach Lee, Matt McCarty and George Coleman emerged unscathed from the celestial showdown.

Wrestling in the 152-pound division, Lee won a 16-3 major decision over the Class 2A state champion -- Chad Corbell of Morenci. He is a two-time defending 3A state champion.

Coleman (215) decisioned Flagstaff Coconino's Robert Joyce 7-4. Joyce entered the match with a 44-3 record and was the Class 4A bronze medalist. Last season, Coleman was the 3A state champion.

McCarty, a state runner-up at 140-pounds, whipped Sigi Apodaca of Coconino 8-2. Apodaca finished 4th in the 4A ranks.

Tee time

The Payson Men's Golf Association is looking for a few good players.

To join the organization, which last year sported about 100 members, golfers should pick up an application at the Payson Golf course pro shop. The fee is $50 per season which includes membership in the Arizona Golf Association. Members also are included in the association's handicap system which is acceptable around the state.

A free kick-off breakfast for PMGA members will be held at 7:30 a.m. March 22 at the Payson Masonic Lodge. At 10 a.m., the season begins with a scramble tournament to be conducted in an ABCD format. For more information, call John Peel at 476-3092.

SO meets

Payson Special Olympics is in dire need of volunteers to help coach track and field and basketball.

Teams in each sport practice two times each week usually in the afternoon hours. Anyone interested in helping should attend an organizational meeting at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Payson High School Special Education Room.

For more information, call Nancy Bruner (474-4511) or Annie Spencer (595-3916).

Hoff shines at NAU

Former Payson High School track and field star Jeremy Hoff managed a seventh-place finish in the men's weight throw at the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.

Hoff's efforts helped the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks win the team title. Hoff's throw was measured at 55 feet, 5 inches.

The event champion, Brad Sherer of Montana State University, uncorked a 60 feet, 6 inches heave.

Basketball tournaments

The town-sponsored fifth- and sixth-grade girls and boys basketball tournaments will be Saturday, April. Registration is $125 per team and is limited to the first 12 teams to sign up in both divisions. Registration deadline is March 28.

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