The campuses of Payson High and Rim Country Middle School School were hubs of activity the past week. At PHS, practices began Aug. 8 for soccer, cross country and volleyball teams. The football team, which had been practicing since Aug. 1, donned pads for the first time Tuesday afternoon. All week, in the end zone of the football field, the award-winning cheer squad practiced with the same intensity as the sports teams.
At RCMS, practices in football, cross country and softball also got under way Aug. 8.
In an era when teenagers often get a bum rap, it was refreshing to see so many youngsters going the extra mile to represent their families, schools and communities to the best of their abilities.
If you see one of these fine teens around town, give them a pat on the back for their commitment.
Participating in extra curricular activities is a tough choice to make. It would be much easier to go home at 3:15, flick on the TV and down an Oreo, than it is to struggle through a grueling practice session that can last until dark.
Memorial services for Arizona Interscholastic Association media relations director Barry Sollenberger will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 13 at McClintock High School in Tempe.
Sollenberger, 60, was found dead from an apparent heart attack June 23 in his apartment near Papago Park in Scottsdale.
In addition to working for the AIA, Sollenberger was the publisher of Barry Sollenberger's Football magazine and several high school record books.
PAHH fray on tap
Kim Muller of Pioneer Title and Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and PAHH fund-raising chairman, Bob Charameda, are predicting another banner outing when the Ninth Annual Pioneer Title PAHH Golf Tournament is played at 8 a.m., Aug. 13 at Payson Golf Course.
The pair said a full field of 108 players is expected to participate in the fray.
A variety of prizes and raffle items, rounded up by tournament volunteers Tom and Kim Rothwell, are among the attractions of the tourney.
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 Payson Golf Course members. 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.
Tee time changes
The Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament tee time has changed.
According to tournament director Matt Van Camp the new tee time is 8 a.m. Originally the tournament was to tee off at 11 a.m., Aug. 27 at Payson Golf Course.
The annual benefit will also feature a barbecued steak dinner to be served at 6 p.m., Aug. 26, that will be prepared by Albert and Charlene Hunt.
For entry forms or more information, call Van Camp at (928) 474-5177, ext. 251.