The sale of Longhorn sports posters by Summit Screen Print the past six years has generated more than $50,000 for the Payson High School sports program.
"It's a big part of what we do," PHS athletic director Dave Bradley said. "We are glad to have local businesses get involved and help us out."
Advertising in the newest edition of the calender/posters, which will include athletic schedules for the 2004-2005 year, is now being sold.
According to Summit owner Chuck Hallock, only a few spaces remain. Anyone interested in purchasing advertising should call Chuck at (928) 474-6402. The Aug. 16 deadline is rapidly approaching.
Those who purchase from Summit can be assured the PHS athletic teams will benefit.
That's not the case, however, when out-of-state firms hawk their calendars locally.
Since the sports schedules are public information, the out-of-state companies are not breaking any laws by selling them in the Rim country. However, they do not return any of their advertising proceeds to the school district.
Summit is the only firm that returns part of the profits to the school district.
Good news for gridders
The Longhorn football team will have a pre-season scrimmage game after all. The clash is on the agenda for 11 a.m., Aug. 21, on PHS field against Peoria Centennial.
The scrimmage was in doubt after the Snowflake Lobos pulled out of a commitment to play at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 on PHS field.
Snowflake officials said they canceled the scrimmage because they wanted to host Chandler Basha in Snowflake.
Since the scrimmage was called off, PHS athletic director Dave Bradley had only a few months to scour the state to find a replacement opponent. Most schools schedule scrimmages in two-year blocks on a home and away format. That made finding another team for the Horns to scrimmage tough for Bradley.
He turned to an Arizona Interscholastic Association website for help. On it, he posted a notice that a scrimmage opponent was needed. It wasn't long before Centennial officials contacted him to say they'd be glad to travel to Payson for the tune-up game.
The scrimmage had to be on a Saturday because the AIA requires teams have 10 practices before they participate in the scrimmage.
Meeting that requirement was no problem for Payson since the team began practicing Aug. 2. Centennial, however, won't begin its practices until Aug. 9, so it needed the Aug. 20 practice to meet the AIA 10-practice requirement.
There will no admission charge for spectators.
Fans should remember that since it is a scrimmage, no score is kept, coaches are allowed on the field and play can be stopped to allow coaches to provide instruction. There are no kick offs or punts.
PHS, RCMS sports practices begin
Pre-season practices for the PHS volleyball, golf and cross country teams and Rim Country Middle School football and softball squads begin Aug. 9.
Prospective players must have their physical exams completed and on file in school offices before they will be allowed to participate. Since school-wide physicals were not given last spring as they had been in previous years, players must schedule their own appointments with their doctors for the sports physicals.
For more information on high school sports call (928) 474-2233. For information about RCMS sports, call (928) 474-4511.
PAHH golf tournament
Pioneer Title Agency will host its eighth annual golf tournament to benefit PAHH Aug. 21 at Payson Golf Course, starting at 8 a.m.
Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Roundup and at the PAHH office. Non-PGC members pay $70; members pay $50. All entries must be at Pioneer Title by Aug. 9.
There'll be a Hole-in-One challenge and other contests. Cucina Paradiso is catering the luncheon.
For more information, call PAHH at (928) 474-0330.