Coach Says Thanks For The Uniforms

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About 17 years ago, Cheryl (Gouker) Chance -- then a senior at Payson High -- was helping the Lady Longhorn basketball team win the Class 3A West Region championship and earn a berth in the state tournament.

Today, Cheryl has just wrapped up her first season as a high school basketball coach. As the head coach of the Lady Longhorn freshmen team, she guided the squad to a 9-7 record.

Cheryl's first attempt at high school coaching apparently was a rewarding one.

"I am very honored to have been able to work with such a talented and dedicated group of athletes," she said. "These ladies will contribute enormously in the years to come."

Cheryl also expressed gratitude to a foursome of parents who helped purchase new uniforms for the team.

"I and all the freshmen players would like to thank Kevin and Cindy Sokol along with Scott and Tina Crabdree for their contributions to buy the uniforms," she said.

Calling all players

Payson Little League has opted to hold one final player registration to attract more players in the younger age divisions as well as the senior division.

The signup will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow (Feb. 11) at the Payson Police Department.

According to Little League spokesperson Ellen Duran, more players are needed to ensure the program can be well-rounded and competitive. Youngsters' 7-to-15-years-of-age (as of July 31, 2004) are eligible to participate.

When registering, players must bring their birth certificate. The fee is $40 per player. There is a discount for families who have more than one youngster participating in the program.

For more information call Little League President Chuck Barton at (928) 468-1711.

Spring sports a go

With winter sports winding down at Payson High School, preseason practices in baseball, softball and track and field kicked off yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

Athletes who are participating in boys and girls basketball and wrestling are not required to attend spring sports practices until the winter campaigns wrap up.

Coaches are urging athletes who did not participate in winter sports or who were members of the soccer teams to turn out for practices as soon as possible.

Athletes who will be competing for the first time this school year, must have their physicals and all required paper work on file in the office of athletic director Dave Bradley.

At press time, PHS spring sports schedules had not been finalized. When they are completed, the schedules will be published in the Roundup.

Call (928) 474-2233 for more information.

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