Mary McMullen brings a wealth of athletic and sports experience to her new job as the Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator.
After starring in high schools sports in Paradise, California, she accepted a track and field scholarship to the University of Washington where she remained for two years before transferring to the University of California at Davis. There, she continued her high jumping career for the Cal track team.
It was at U. of C. that she met her husband, Craig, who is a local Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Manager and the current Payson Little League All-Star coach.
The McMullens have two sons, Nick, 10 and Nate, 6. Nick is a member of the Little League all stars and was a local and regional champion in the Pepsi, Pitch Hit and Run competition.
Mary said her involvement in local youths sports, with her husband sons, gives her unique insights in P&R-sponsored and other athletic activities.
Prior to accepting the job as recreation coordinator, she worked for a year as the Wellness Center coordinator at Gila Community College.
As town rec coordinator she will be responsible for scheduling, conducting and overseeing most all youth and adult sports including the home run derby, Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run, Hershey Track and Field and Punt, Pass and Kick.
McMullen said she was not planning on making any changes in current programs and would instead focus on learning the nuances of her new position. "After a while we'll evaluate and see if any (changes) are needed," she said.
McMullen can be reached at (928) 474-5242, ext 358.
Rocky Mountain Elk fund-raiser
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.
Tournaments on tap at PGC
Local golfers have three upcoming tournaments which they can test their skills against some of the Rim Country's best at Payson Golf Course.
Aug 12: Pioneer Title Tournament to benefit Payson Community Kids, contact: Pioneer Title (928) 474-3235
Aug 25-26: Christmas for Kids to benefit area children, contact: Payson Police Det. Matt VanCamp at (928) 474-5177, ext. 251
Sept. 23: Safeway Shotgun, benefits Payson public schools, contact: (928) 472-8208 Russ Youngcourt or Dan Dillon.