Last Chance To Sign Up For Youth Football

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Youngsters hoping to participate in Payson Youth Football Association play have one final opportunity to sign up.

One last registration for players and cheerleaders is slated for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at Farm Bureau Insurance, 100 W. Roundup Road.

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Aspiring youth league football players must register at a July 9 sign-up.

Youngsters who don't register by then run the risk of not being eligible for play next season.

Youths 6 to 13 years old are eligible to participate in the league. The fee is $60 for cheerleaders and $70 for players. A discount will be given to families with more than one player or cheerleader participating. Prospective players must bring a copy of their birth certificate to sign up.

The local football association is also seeking a coach for a mighty mite team and a board member.

For more information call Scott Geske at (928) 476-5354 or Angela Parker at (928) 468-6482.

D-Backs in town

The Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center will host a softball as well as a baseball camp July 11 to 15 at Rumsey Park. The camps are open to players 6 to 12 years old. Call (800) 821-7152 for more information.

RMEF to host annual banquet

The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation invites Rim country residents to join in on the festivities at the annual Reef Big Game Banquet July 16 at the Mazatzal Casino. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for a no-host happy hour. The dinner --our choice of filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian --ill be served at 6 p.m. Auctions and raffles will be held later in the evening.

According to RMEF spokesmen Phil Daugherty, one firearm will be given away during the evening for every six to seven persons in attendance.

Payson has been chosen as the chapter to auction the much-coveted Arizona Game and Fish Commission buffalo tag. The hunt, which can be done on any day of the year, is on the House Rock Ranch.

An elk or mule deer hunt on the Navajo reservation will also be up for auction.

Daugherty also said there will be other hunts, camping equipment, archery, limited edition prints and ladies items raffled and auctioned during the evening.

Tickets are $70 per person or $110 per couple and are available from any RMEF member. The price also includes a membership in RMEF.

The local chapter is in need of volunteers to serve on various committees and to participate in work projects.

For tickets or to help with RMEF, call Daugherty at (928) 478-4458 or Bill Masters at (928) 472-6186.

Cowboy seeks donations

Donations to help send Seth Barkley to the 57th Annual National High School Rodeo Association championships July 18 to 24 in Gillette, Wyo. can be made to an account set up in Barkley's name at Arizona State Savings and Credit Union at 104 E. Highway 260 in Payson.

The 2005 Payson High School graduate qualified for the national rodeo by winning the Arizona State saddle bronc championship June 10-12 at San Carlos near Globe.

For more information or to help Barkley, call (928) 479-2106.

Hawaii bound

Payson teens Christina Deaton, Cydney Figueroa, Kayla O'Donnell, Jenna Robertson and Marquel Waterman have received invitations from Tourney Sport USA to participate in a national championship basketball tournament July 11-19 in Oahu, Hawaii.

To participate, the girls must raise $1,870 each to pay their expenses which includes meals, uniform, awards dinner banquet and lodging.

For donors who would like to help the girls make the trip, an account has been setup at the Payson office of SAFE Q entitled Eighth Grade Girls Hawaii.

The girls are also willing to do odd jobs to help earn the money needed.

For more information or to help the young players, call Deniese O'Donnell at (928) 978-0477, Melodi Deaton at (928) 970-0790, or Janelle Figueroa at (928) 978-6109.

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