Fall Sports Get Started Around Payson

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The Longhorn Skills and Drills Soccer Camp for high-school aged boys and girls will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 to 5 on the Rumsey Park north field.

Payson High School boys' soccer coach, Roger Wholly will host the camp that will emphasize improving techniques of play.

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Next week's soccer camp, coached by Roger Wholly, will tune up the skills and attitudes of aspiring high school players.

"The camp won't be so much about conditioning, but more about the game," Wholly said.

A camp fee of $20 can be paid to Wholly or the PHS bookstore.

For more information, call Wholly at (928) 474-2233.

4-H Horse Show

Northern Gila County will host a 4-H horse show July 29 and 30 at the Payson Event Center.

The show begins at 6 p.m. July 29 with timed events including barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. July 30 competition begins at 8 a.m. with English and Western Class events.

Youths 9 to 19 will compete in one of three divisions -- novice, juniors and seniors.

Winners of the Payson show can qualify for the Arizona State 4-H Show to be held in October in Scottsdale.

4-H Youth Development Agent Lani Hall has issued an invitation for Rim Country residents to attend the local event and show their support for the youth who participate in 4-H.

For more information, call Hall at (928) 474-4160.

Youth football kicks off

Youngsters interested in participating in Payson Youth Football, either as a cheerleader or player, have one final opportunity to register. The last sign-up will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 30 on the Rumsey north multipurpose field. Youngsters 6-to 13-years-of-age are eligible to participate. The registration fee is $70 for players and $60 for cheerleaders.

Since the annual player draft will also be held that day, all new players and those moving up an age/weight division should report to the field by 9 a.m. Practices begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

Call Angela Parker at (928) 595-0232 for more information.

Flag football sign-up

Boys and girls ages 6 to 14 years have until Aug. 3 to register to play town parks and recreation-sponsored NFL Flag Football. Registration may be completed at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley Park. The fee is $25 per player. Games begin the week of Aug 29 and will continue for about five weeks. For more information, call (928) 474-5242. ext. 7.

Holiday spirit in summer

The Payson Public Safety Christmas for Kids benefit golf tournament tee time has changed.

Originally the tournament was to tee off at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at Payson Golf Course. According to tournament director Matt Van Camp the new tee time is a 8 a.m.

The annual benefit will also feature a steak dinner, served at 6 p.m. Aug. 26, and prepared by Albert and Charlene Hunt.

Following the meal, the tournament sponsors will hold their annual public safety officer auction they have tabbed "The Wheel of Misfortune."

Each three-person team entered in the tournament will have the opportunity to bid on an officer -- selected by spinning a Las Vegas-type gambling wheel -- to fill out a foursome for the following day's tournament.

Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner, Payson Fire Chief Marty DeMasi and Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores are among the public safety officials, along with mulligans, on the auction block.

The tournament entry fee is $125 per player or $375 per team.

Payson Police detective Matt Van Camp and the tournament director, stressed that the entry fee does not include the purchase of the public safety team member.

The entry fee includes the steak dinner, green fees, golf cart and prizes.

According to Van Camp, there will also be prizes for longest drives, closest-to-the-pin tee shots and possibly for a hole-in-one.

All proceeds from the Independence Day snack bar and the tournament will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for needy Rim Country children.

Van Camp is hoping to earn upwards of $10,000.

For entry forms or more information, call Van Camp at (928) 474-5177, ext 251.

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