Boys, Girls Snubbed In All-State Squads

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Both the boys and girls Payson High School soccer teams were shut out when the All-Arizona squads were announced last week.

The all-star teams are tough to make, mostly because they are made up of players from around the state and all school classifications 1A to 5A.

The pool of talent the teams are drawn from is huge, but it seems there were some players on the Longhorn teams that were talented and dedicated enough to be named at least honorable mention.

Coach Randy Wilcox said he did not know why Payson was slighted when the teams were announced Sunday.

Some of the possible candidates in the Payson fold include Patrick Karlowski, Trevor LaHaye, Ian Benney, Amy Wilcox, Brenna Zumbro and Jessica Coleman. All were standout soccer players last season.

Stocking Stuffer tourney moves to Chaparral Pines

The Payson Stocking Stuffer Golf Tournament is held annually to raise money for Christmas holiday gift-giving to underprivileged children and adults in the Rim country.

Last Christmas, the Santa's List organization -- which sponsors the benefit tournament -- helped more than 1,000 needy residents by providing them with gifts.

The good news for Santa's List and golfers is that the 18th annual tournament will be held for the first time on the plush Chaparral Pines Golf Course.

Chaparral Pines was recently named one of the state's top 10 private courses.

The competition, which is open to all amateur golfers, gets off to a shotgun start at 11 a.m. May 11.

The entry fee is $225 per player. The Early Bird fee is $200 for those who sign up before March 19. The fee includes green fees, cart, lunch and a prize party at the conclusion of the tournament.

Prizes will be awarded for closest-to-the-pin drives on par 3 holes and for longest drives (Both men and women).

The lucky golfer who shoots a hole-in-one on a pre-selected hole will win a 2004 vehicle from Chapman Auto Center, according to tournament director Rowena Marrs.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup. 708 N. Beeline Highway. For more information, call (928) 472-8827 or (888) 843-8032.

PAHH benefit set for spring

The Payson Area Habitat Home Run 5K will be May 15 at Green Valley Park. The annual event, which draws both walkers and runners, will get off at 8 a.m.

Registration and T-shirt pick-up begins at 6:30 a.m. Immediately after the run, and until about 10 a.m., a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony will be held in the park.

The registration fee is $15 if paid before May 7. After May 7 and on the day of the race, the fee is $20. The registration fee includes participation in the race, an event T-shirt and breakfast. Guest breakfast tickets will be available on race day for $3. Child's tickets are $1.

This year for the first time, cash prizes will go to the overall top three male and female finishers. First place is worth $100 and second-place finishers receive $50. Third place runners earn $25. Medals will also be awarded to the top three men and women in each age category. All racers also are entered in a raffle.

The event is held each year to benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build affordable housing in the Rim country.

Registration forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club, 400 E. Highway 260, or the PAHH offices, 1013 S. Goodfellow Road.

Call (928) 474-0330 for more information.

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