Pledges To Raise Funds For New Uniforms

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Rim Country Middle School football coaches are calling it an "Hour of Power," but it's actually two hours in length -- 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 4.

The event centers on the Maverick football program's need for new uniforms. Because school funds are not available, the coaching staff has organized a benefit to help raise funds to purchase the uniforms.

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Rim Country Middle School coach Jimmy Oestmann is hoping an upcoming fund-raiser earns enough money to purchase new uniforms.

During the school's spring break March 14 to 25, RCMS players will be scouring the community seeking monetary pledges for their athletic accomplishments during the Hour of Power.

Then on April 4 on the RCMS multipurpose field, the players will try to meet their pledges by doing as many "reps" or repetitions as possible in one hour.

The reps can be push-ups, sit-ups, 20-yard dashes or 10-yard tire runs.

At the end of each player's hour, coaches Jimmy Oestmann, Jon Gunzel or Pat Stone will certify the exact number of reps each player accomplished.

The team members will then return to their sponsors and collect their pledges.

The coaches say they are hoping to earn enough money to be able to purchase about 60 uniforms.

PWGA issues invitation

The Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group tees off the 2005 season today at Payson Golf Course.

Anyone interested in participating should call Joyce Goff at (928) 474-4638. The PWGA plays weekly tournaments in Payson until the end of October.

PMGA ready for play

The 2005 Payson Men's Golf Association season got swinging March 23 with a breakfast and four-man scramble tournament.

Any players interested in becoming a member of the PMGA should call Dick Ceyler at (928) 468-0933.

Take a swing at hunger

The "Teeing Up For Hunger" fourth annual golf tournament tees off with a shot gun start at 9 a.m. April 30 at Payson Golf Course. About 100 players are expected to participate in the four-person scramble.

The tournament benefits the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank that last year gave out more than 4,000 boxes of food to Payson's needy.

This year, the tournament will feature two hole-in-one prizes -- a 2005 Ford Explorer sponsored by Phil White Ford and a $10,000 cash award from Amon Construction Co.

Other prizes include weekend getaways and a set of irons.

Tournament slots are open for both players and hole sponsors.

To participate or for more information call Richard Roy at (928) 474-9559 or Joe Gasiel at (928) 472-9688.

Canoeing the Verde

The Camp Verde Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with Northern Arizona University to sponsor the Verde River Canoe Challenge to be held April 2.

The 10-mile canoe/kayak race begins at White Bridge Park, between the Verde River and Highway 260, and ends at Beasley Flats Recreation Area. A free shuttle service will be provided between the start and finish lines.

Pre-registration will continue until March 18. The fee is $22 for adults and $20 for youth 12-years-of-age and under.

The race format will include both competitive and recreational divisions.

Call Joe Perez at (928) 567-0535 for more information.

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