Longhorn Schedules Go Through Many Changes

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If you are among those sports fans who have Payson High School schedules hanging on the refrigerator, you've been kept busy scribbling in date changes.

The snow and rain that struck the state last week, final exams in the Flagstaff schools and a lack of basketball officials have forced numerous changes.

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It's time to change those Payson High School winter sports schedules.

The only winter sport that has not had any date changes is wrestling.

PHS secretary Shawn Thomas grew tired of inking in changes on basketball schedules and decided to simply reprint them in their entirety and distribute them to coaches.

Just when it looked like the schedules were finalized, another change in the hoop agendas could be on the horizon.

Both the boys and girls teams are slated to travel to Flagstaff Jan. 25. Those games, however, could be moved to Jan. 24. The change will be needed if game officials cannot be found to officiate on the original date.

Game times (4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.) would remain the same.

PHS athletic director Dave Bradley will announce any changes as soon as they are confirmed.

The new schedule for postponed games:

  • PHS soccer vs. Flagstaff, Jan. 14 at Rumsey Park. The girls game begins at 1 p.m.; the boys at 3 p.m.
  • PHS boys and girls basketball vs. Flagstaff Coconino, Jan. 26 in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium.
  • PHS basketball vs. Flagstaff, Jan. 21 at Flagstaff High School and Jan. 25 in Payson.
  • Boys and girls soccer games originally set for Jan. 5 against Moon Valley will not be rescheduled.

Purtee, partner hook lunker

Local angler Tracy Purtee, the longtime director of two trout tournaments at Woods Canyon Lake, has turned his attention to bass fishing.

Purtee teamed with Keith Hunsinger to nab the Big Fish trophy at an Allstar Bass Fishing Tournament Jan. 11 at Lake Pleasant.

The largemouth, which was caught by Hunsinger, tipped the scales a 4.72 pounds and helped the pair earn a 15th-place finish in the angling fray.

Although Purtee didn't hook the lunker, he's proud of the catch.

"I netted him," he deadpanned.

The Big Fish runner-up, a 4.64 pounder, was caught by the tournament winning team of Reggie Frieswyk of Gilbert and Eric Schook of Scottsdale.

According to Purtee, the tournament entrants faced tough conditions, including a cold front and water and air temperatures that were in the mid-50s. What made fishing even harder, he said, was that some of the lake is full of debris from recent runoffs, and rising waters are rapidly changing the landscape.

Fifth-, sixth-grade girls needed

At the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, recreation specialist Charlene Hunt is scrambling to find enough fifth- and sixth-grade girls to form a basketball league. Hunt said for the league to be a success, she needs at least 32 girls to sign up.

An attempt last month to put together a third- and fourth-grade league failed when not enough girls showed an interest.

Without enough girls, the parks and recreation department turned the boys league coed. Some parents oppose the coed format and want fifth- and sixth-grades to have separate boys and girls leagues.

Registration for the league will continue through Jan. 19 at the parks and recreation offices at Green Valley Park. The fee is $20 which includes a T-shirt, minimum of 10 league games and an end-of-the-season pizza party.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

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