Phs Grad To Play At Mesa


Sarah Donovan will be taking her considerable volleyball skills next year to Mesa Community College.

Donovan signed a letter of intent last week to attend MCC where she will play for first-year head coach Ku Salinas of Hawaii.


Sarah Donovan signed a letter of intent last week to play for Mesa Community College.

Donovan will attend on a talent award and foundation scholarship from MCC.

Last year, Donovan starred for the Lady Longhorn and the Rim Club volleyball teams playing middle hitter.

The 5-foot, 11-inch Donovan was a returning letter winner at the onset of her senior season when coach Stonebrink predicted the Lady Horns needed her leadership for the team to be successful.

Throughout the campaign, Donovan was a team leader in blocks for points and kills. At the Cougar Invitational, Donovan and teammate Tori Wilbanks became a lethal one-two punch, combining for 68 kills.

In a crucial late-season region win over Holbrook, Donovan led the Lady Horn charge at the net with three blocks for points that stymied every Roadrunner rally effort.

At the Payson Invitational, Donovan's stellar play earned her a spot on the all-tournament team.

The MCC volleyball team is hosting a benefit Hawaiian Luau from 6 to 8 p.m. July 7 at South Valley Junior High School located at 2034 S. Lindsey Rd in Gilbert. All proceeds benefit the MCC volleyball team.

For tickets, call (928) 978-7007.

Mat camp

Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte and a celebrated staff of assistants will host a youth wrestling camp July 12 to 14 in Wilson Dome.

The clinic is free of charge to those entering grades three through nine during the next school year.

"The only thing (campers) need (to do) is to show up on time, with a pair of wrestling shoes, a T-shirt, gym shorts, a good attitude and be ready to learn," Longhorn wrestling coach Dave LaMotte said.

Camp sessions will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. Campers are responsible for providing their own lunch.

On hand to assist LaMotte will be four former collegiate All-Americans, including R.C. LaHaye, Zach Lee, Matt LaMotte and Jeff LaMotte.

LaHaye and Lee, former Payson High School mat stars, earned their All-American honors at Western State in Gunnison, Colo.

Jeff and Matt LaMotte, the coach's sons, were All-Americans at West Liberty State College in West Virginia.

Jeff LaMotte also starred at Payson High School in the 1990s. Matt was a standout at Gilbert High during his prep career.

The four will assist Dave LaMotte in teaching the young wrestlers the basics involved in wrestling.

"I prefer to call it teaching the essential skills," coach LaMotte said. "We also want to build an interest (in wrestling) and have a little fun."

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

RMEF on deck

The Payson Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host its annual fund-raiser banquet, auction and raffle July 29 at Mazatzal Casino. The evening tips off at 4:30 p.m. with a no-host cocktail hour during which attendees can browse through the many items that will later be raffled, sold and auctioned. The dinner -- filet mignon, chicken or vegetarian -- will be served at 6 p.m. and the festivities begin immediately afterward.

Former Arizona State University and Green Bay Packer football star Shawn Patterson will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets, priced at $80 per single or $125 a couple, can be purchased from any RMEF member or by calling Drew Justice at (928) 472-6891 or Phil Daugherty at (928) 478-4458.

The price also includes a one-year membership in RMEF and a subscription to Bugle Magazine.

Three tourneys remain

Local golfers interested in testing their skills against Payson's best will have three opportunities remaining in the summer season.

They are:

  • Aug. 12: Pioneer Title Tournament benefits Payson Community Kids. Call Pioneer Title (928) 474-3235.
  • Aug. 25 and 26: Christmas for Kids benefits area children. Call Detective Matt VanCamp at (928) 474-5177, ext. 251.
  • Sept. 23: Safeway Shotgun benefits Payson public schools. Call Russ Youngcourt or Dan Dillon at (928) 472-8208.

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