Benefit Steak Dinner Tonight

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Tonight promises to be a rewarding one for fans who enjoy nothing better than a great meal coupled with an exciting sports event.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria, the Payson High School wrestlerettes are hosting a benefit steak dinner. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Payson High School counselor and coach Don Heizer might have said it best in a recent appeal to friends and fellow teachers.

"Where else can you get an 8-10 ounce sirloin, baked potato, killer beans, salad, bread, drink and great fellowship for a price like this," he said. "We all look for win-win situations and this is among the best."

Oh yes, here's the real draw for the underpaid teachers and coaches in the district. "(Personal) checks (for dinner tickets) will not be deposited until Monday," he said.

As if that wasn't enough motivation from Heizer to attend, he asked to "come join the fun ... have a great meal and then walk up the field and support the 2003 edition of the Payson Longhorn football team as it takes on Desert Ridge at 7 p.m."

Gee, coach, with sales tactics as dramatic and appealing as those, maybe you better think about switching professions.

Payson youth continue to win

After opening the Central Arizona Youth Football Association campaign Sept. 6 with six wins, the Payson entries in the gridiron league returned to the field Sept. 13 to win five of six games.

In all six games, Payson was pitted against Cottonwood foes. The Payson Bears clawed the Marauders 14-8 and the Payson Buccaneers drenched the Dolphins 24-6. Cottonwood's Titans fell to Payson Wildcats 22-0. Payson's Eagles easily dispatched of the Cardinals 24-6.

Payson suffered its single loss on the day when the Cowboys were upset by the Colts 12-6.

Soccer camp

Payson High School boys soccer camp takes place Oct. 6 to 10 at Rumsey Park. Camp sessions will be 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The instructor of the camp, Les Pritchard, is a former collegiate player who served as an assistant coach last year on the Longhorn team that won the 1A-3A fall state championship.

Camp will include instruction on a winning attitude, soccer strategy and improvement of the fundamental and advanced skills that are necessary to win at the 4A level, Pritchard said.

At the conclusion of the camp, each player will receive a private consultation in which he will be told what he needs to focus on to take his game to the next level

The camp is open to the first 30 players who register at the Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park. The fee is $160 which includes a camp T-shirt. All who register by Sept. 19 will receive a soccer ball.

Call Parks and Rec at (928) 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

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