It's looking more and more like Payson High School senior Billy Bob Hoyt will be spending the next four years of his life on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii.
Last week, Billy Bob gave a verbal commitment to play golf for the University of Hawaii.
Although the agreement is not official until Billy Bob signs a national letter of intent and the details of the scholarship offer are penned, the teenager says he's excited to be taking his links act to the division 1 level
For now, Billy Bob's attention is focused on helping the Longhorn team earn the Grand Canyon region championship and a berth into the state meet Nov. 5 and 6 at Sundance Golf Club near Buckeye.
There was a monumental Central Arizona Youth Football Association showdown Oct. 25 in Mayer where the No. 2 ranked Payson Raiders clashed with the No. 3 Mayer Razorbacks.
According to Raiders' coach Dale Gonzalez, the two teams battled like the championship contenders they both are. Riding the running of Jarrett Trammell, B.J. Hill and Cody York, the Raiders prevailed 28-6.
Game stats reveal Trammell rushed for about 50 yards and two TDs. York contributed 62 yards and a touchdown. Hill scored one touchdown and rushed for 45 yards.
Gonzalez said the offensive and defensive lines were exceptional. The entire team, he said, "played their hearts out for four quarters and never let up."
The Raider victory sets up a for-all-the-marbles showdown tomorrow (Saturday) against the No. 1 ranked Chino Valley Trojans in Chino Valley.
If the Raiders can upset the Trojans in the regular season-ending clash, the Payson team will have the homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
Frosh, JVs hook up
The football season for Payson High School freshmen and jayvee teams wraps up at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at Longhorn field.
A combination of freshmen and jayvee players will play a combined squad from Page High School.
The Longhorn jayvee team, coached by Mike Loutzenheiser and Jimbo Armstrong, was rolling with an unblemished record until late in the season when the remainder of the schedule had to be cancelled due to a lack of players. Both coaches say they are unsure why interest waned in the team.
Little League gathers
Payson Little League officials met last evening (Thursday) in the Payson Library to lay the groundwork for the coming season. Little League official Chuck Barton was looking for volunteers to fill several important positions on the board.
Barton said the future of the program could be in jeopardy if enough volunteers didn't step forward.
The results of the meeting were not available at press time but it's almost a certainty Barton and his fellow board members need even more help as they prep for the coming season.
The Little League program provides hours of summer fun and healthy competition for hundreds of Rim country youngsters.
It's such a worthwhile program, it would be a shame to have it founder due to a lack of help.
To volunteer, call Barton at (928) 468-1711.