Football Booster Club Forming

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Kristi Ford, Farrell Hoosava and a band of ardent football supporters are making plans to form a booster club that could rival the potent and highly active organization of the late 1980s when they were headed by Pat Velasco.

An organizational meeting for the new group will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 at Payson Eye Care, 411 S. Beeline Highway.

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The PHS football team could have a new booster club supporting it when the Longhorns return to the 3A conference next school year.

At the meeting, an executive board will be formed that Hoosava has agree to head.

Ford is inviting anyone interested in the football program either at Rim Country Middle School or Payson High School to attend.

"There is no reason that more people are not involved and that we don't have more (players) participating," she said.

With PHS moving to the rough-and-tumble 3A region next year, the goal of the group will be to help Jerry Rhoades build the football program into one that can rival those powerhouses that exist in Blue Ridge, Show Low and Snowflake.

"We in the football program always welcome any help we can get," Rhoades said.

For more information, call (928) 474-8665 or (928) 978-1567.

Ex-Horn a record holder

A recently updated version of Arizona wrestling record books shows that former Longhorn star R.C. LaHaye is sixth on the list for most pins in a career.

During his stint with the Longhorns, from 1998 to 2001, LaHaye scored 105 pins.

The record holder, Jarrod Tawasci of Mingus, pinned 147 opponents from 2000 to 2003.

Rendezvous this Saturday

The one-day Outdoor Rendezvous, which includes a chili cookoff, begins at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 in the parking lot of The Tackle Box, one-half mile south of Punkin Center on Highway 188.

The rendezvous is organized by fishing pro Mark Kile and former Payson High School coaching great Dennis Pirch, who is also a highly accomplished angler and hunter.

Pirch and Kile have dubbed the event an "outdoor enthusiast's sidewalk sale." Their plan for the rendezvous is to attract outdoorsmen and women who have used fishing and hunting equipment that they want to sell or trade. At The Tackle Box, they can barter to sell or buy those items with others who attend.

The two organizers are also hoping the event eventually becomes a much-anticipated annual gathering of outdoor enthusiasts.

"It's new, different and something we just want to have fun with," Pirch said.

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