Former Payson High School soccer star Trevor LaHaye is excelling academically and athletically at Blair Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
By posting a grade term grade point average of better than 3.5, LaHaye was recently named to the school's second term Dean's List. In the school's enrollment of more than 1,100 students, fewer than 300 received Dean's List recognition. LaHaye, a 2003 PHS graduate, is the only student from Arizona named to the Dean's List.
As one of two freshmen members of the BC soccer team last season, LaHaye earned considerable playing time on a squad that boasted several veteran players.
Blair Cliff is a Catholic institution in which students are educated in the Franciscan liberal arts tradition.
Harpe tuning up
The Rim country now boasts another promising young golfer -- Frontier Elementary School second-grader Dean Harpe.
Competing in the boys 10-years-and-under division in a Spring Stableford tournament April 10 at Los Colinas Golf Club in Queen Creek, the youngster finished in ninth place. What made his feat most impressive was the fact Harpe is an 8-year-old competing against players two-years older than he and with much more tournament experience.
Harpe, who has been swinging clubs since he first learned to walk, plans on returning to the links this weekend in two youth tournaments -- one in Chandler, the other in LaVeen.
Pat's Run draws Rim trio
Three more Rim country runners will be participating in the inaugural Pat's Run tomorrow near Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University.
Town councilor Tim Fruth, his wife, Carolyn, and Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind will compete in the run being held to benefit the Pat Tillman fund.
Tillman is a former Arizona State University and Arizona Cardinals football player who was killed April 22, 2004 while fighting for his country.
His widow Marie said the Foundation was created "to honor Pat's memory and carry forward his legacy.
"Our goal is to inspire and support others that live their lives with a similar spirit and strive for positive change," Marie said. "Like Pat, the foundation bearing his name is deliberate in developing planned courses of action and will focus its initial efforts on educating America's next generation of leaders with the ethical foundation and critical-thinking skills they need to drive positive change in themselves and their communities."
The run is 4.2 miles in length because Tillman wore the No. 42 at ASU. The race will finish at the 42-yard line on Frank Kush Field inside Sun Devil Stadium.
A special run of .42 miles will be held for children 8 and under.
A group of National Football League players' wives who have united to organize "Race for Pat," a charity event to honor Tillman also will be participating in the event.
Race day registration will be accepted for $30.