Devils Tackle Tontozona

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The Arizona State University football team will arrive at Camp Tontozona Aug. 9 and begin preseason practices the following day.

For those who would like to take in one of the scrimmages the Sun Devils will participate in, they are set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 13 and 19. Following the second scrimmage, the team will return to Tempe to begin preparations for a Sept. 1 season opener against Temple.

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Parking can be tough for fans to come by at Camp Tontozona football scrimmages.

Except for the two days the scrimmages will be held, ASU coach Dirk Koetter will hold two-a-day practices. The first sessions begin about 8:30 a.m. and continue to 11 a.m. The second practices are usually about 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Aug. 11, 15, 17 and 18, the second practices are walk-throughs.

The Aug. 10 and 16 second practices kick off at 2:50 p.m.

There is no admission charge for fans who wish to take in a scrimmage or a practice.

Parking for the two scrimmages, however, is usually very limited because throngs of valley-area fans flock to the scenic mountain retreat.

Most late arriving fans are forced to park along Highway 260 and make the about one-mile trek into the camp facilities.

Girls wrestling

Payson Roundup reader Bob McCreary brought in a Springfield Ill. newspaper sports story about a 10-year-old girl wrestler who has been humbling her male opponents.

Makeba Elliott, an honor student at Blackhawk Elementary in Park Forest, has won two consecutive boys' state wrestling championship.

The past season, Elliott posted a 54-5 record, the story says.

Elliott is quoted in the article as saying, "I like to see all the boys crying and their coaches yelling at them. I like to show them girls are as good as boys."

Elliott is also a girls state champion, but says she prefers boy opponents because they give her better competition.

Elliott told the newspaper reporter, Monifa Thomas, her eventual goal was to make the U.S. Olympic Wrestling team in 2008.

Apparently in Illinois, female wrestling is nothing unusual.

McCreary also submitted a column about Glenbard North High School student Caitlyn Chase becoming the first girl in state history to qualify for the Illinois state tournament.

Chase told the reporter, "Everybody has to be open to the idea of women's wrestling. Times are changing."

Although Payson is widely considered the small town wrestling capital of Arizona, we have not had any girls excel in the sport.

PAHH fray on tap

Kim Muller of Pioneer Title and Payson Area Habitat for Humanity Fund-raising Chairman Bob Charameda are predicting another banner outing when the Ninth Annual Pioneer Title PAHH Golf Tournament is played 8 a.m., Aug. 13 at Payson Golf Course.

The pair say a full field of 108 players is expected to participate in the fray.

Among the attractions of the tourney is a variety of prizes and raffle items that have been rounded up by tournament volunteers Tom and Kim Rothwell.

A hole-in-one challenge with a substantial cash prize is planned along with other contests.

The entry fee is $75 per person or $55 for members of the Payson Golf Course. Tournament directors will accept individual entries or foursomes.

Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title Agency, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup or the PAHH office at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road.

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