New Youth Soccer League Organizing

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Fledgling soccer players born between August of 1990 and July of 1991 will soon have the opportunity to compete on a Rim country year-round club soccer team.

Most of the 12- and 13-year-old athletes, will probably come from the ranks of the seventh and eighth grades.

Team founder and coach Kim Wholly emphasizes that the new squad will be a club team and not affiliated with Rim Country Middle School or the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

According to Wholly, the fledgling team will participate in an American Youth Soccer Association league headquartered in Camp Verde.

Youths interested in participating on the new team may sign-up at Rim Country Middle School.

Once Wholly gauges the interest in forming the team, she and other AYSA officials will host a parent meeting in which details of play including fees, practice dates and playing schedules will be discussed.

For more information, call Wholley at 474-8785.

Szabo started

There was some confusion in the stands at Friday night's Payson vs. Cortez game about the starting quarterback. In the Aug. 29 edition of the Payson Roundup it was reported that J.R. Szabo would replace Donnie Wilbanks as the starter at quarterback because Wilbanks had missed a practice that week. Team rules dictate that players who miss a practice, for whatever reason, do not start.

Szabo did start at the signal caller position and played the entire first series. He scored Payson's first TD while scrambling from a pass rush.

In the Longhorns' second series, Wilbanks replaced Szabo who moved to the tight end position. Both Wilbanks and Szabo turned in commendable performances while playing quarterback.

DU preps for banquet

Although ticket sales are brisk, some seats remain available for the Ducks Unlimited banquet and festivities to be held Sept. 20 at the Mazatzal Casino.

Single banquet tickets are $50, couples tickets are $90 and Greenwing (under 18-years) tickets may be purchased for $35. All tickets include the banquet dinner and membership in Ducks Unlimited.

The menu is filet mignon, twice-baked potatoes, vegetable, Caesar salad and desert.

The banquet doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the meal is served at 6 p.m. The raffle, auction and other festivities tipoff immediately after dinner.

New this year are corporate tables available for either $500 or $1,000.

According to DU chairperson Sandy Gunderson, three of the $500 tables and one $1,000 table have been purchased.

Those who purchase their tickets before Sept. 8 will be entered into an early bird drawing that has as a prize a Ruger Mark II Bull Barrel .22 caliber pistol.

Although DU has long been active in Payson, some newcomers are not familiar with the organization.

It is the world's largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

Although waterfowl are the chief beneficiaries of DU's habitat work, other species, like bears, snakes, elk and deer, thrive because the habitat work helps improve the overall health of the environment by recharging and purifying groundwater, moderating floods and reducing soil erosion. The projects also provide some popular recreation sites.

For more information on DU or the banquet call Gunderson at 476-2168.

A correction

In Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department Women's B slow pitch softball tournament, Double D Construction defeated White's Interior for the gold medal. It was incorrectly reported in the Aug. 26 edition of the Payson Roundup that White's was the tournament champion.

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