Fish Fry Hooks Much-Needed Funds


As tough as fund-raising is for most high school coaches to find time for, it has become a big part of their job description.

School athletic budgets are stretched far too thin to fund even the most essential needs of athletic teams.


The Longhorn boys basketball team will host a fish fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

For those coaches who plan off-season programs, fund-raising becomes even more essential.

Payson High School coaches have been creative in finding ways to raise money that will benefit both their teams and townspeople.

Among the most popular benefits conducted over the past 20 years have been the monthly steak dinners that have generated thousands of dollars for extracurricular activities.

Three years ago, the Longhorn boys basketball program came up with a slightly different version of the popular dinners: a fish fry.

Spearheaded by Duke Wilbanks, this benefit dinner will be held this year from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium and cafeteria.

The meal includes fried fish, slaw, vegetable, roll and beverage. Tickets, $5 for adults, $3 for children and $15 per family, are available from any basketball player or at the door.

After dinner, hoop fans can also take in a basketball game.

The PHS teams will play Chinle that evening. Games are slated for 4 p.m. (jayvee boys and girls) 5:30 p.m. (varsity girls and freshmen) at 7 p.m. (varsity boys and freshmen) in both Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium.

Your support of benefits like the fish fry will mean PHS can continue to offer quality extracurricular activities.

Camp Verde hosts junior high tournament

The inaugural Northern Arizona President's Day Classic middle school/junior high boys and girls basketball tournament will be Feb. 18 and 19 in Camp Verde.

The tournament will serve as a qualifier for a National Championship Tournament June 2 through 5 at Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colo.

Qualifiers similar to the one in Camp Verde will be conducted in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and California in 2005.

In the Camp Verde tournament, teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games for an entry fee of $200. The tournament will be limited to 24 teams.

For more information, call C.J. Sells at (928) 284-5055 or (928) 300-1349.

Little League signup

There are only two more chances to register your child for this year's Little League.

  • Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration fee is $60 per player. Families with more than one player participating will receive a discount of $5.

Also, additional volunteers including snack bar attendants, coaches and managers are needed.

According to Little League officials, if not enough volunteers are found to run the snack bar it could close and create a financial hardship for the program.

For more information call Little League President Chuck Barton at (928) 468-1711.

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