Tune-Up Time For Area Athletes

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Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is urging aspiring players to enroll in a youth camp to be held June 19 and 20 in Wilson dome.

Sessions will be held each day from 9 a.m. until noon and the camp is open to students entering grades six through nine next school year.

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Coach Arnold Stonebrink will head a volleyball camp June 19 and 20 in Wilson dome.

The fee is $30, which includes a camp T-shirt. The coaching staff will include junior varsity coach Judy Perham, newly appointed freshman coach Trevor Creighton, members of the varsity team and Stonebrink.

The coach said the camp curriculum will include the teaching of all fundamental volleyball skills including serving, setting, passing, hitting, blocking and individual defense.

The camp is designed to help players get a jump start on next school year's play, whether it is for Rim Country Middle School or Payson High School teams.

Stonebrink said the camp is also an inexpensive and good way for parents to spark a volleyball interest in their children.

Thank you from Maricopa County

Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputy Bryan Sepulveda spearheaded a drive to bring an inaugural law enforcement rodeo to Payson. It went off without a hitch June 10 and 11 at the Payson Event Center. With the rodeo now in the history books, Sepulveda would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the event.

"I would like to thank the good Town of Payson for allowing our organization to come up there and hold our first annual L.E.R.A. rodeo. Second, I would like to thank all the sponsors: Chapman Auto Center and Buck Rogers and Gary Chitwood, Phil White Ford and Phil White, Corral West and Angela, El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, Bud Light and Joel Ybarra and Armando, APS and Janet Parsons, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce and Tina Bruess, Bill Armstrong and the Payson Pro Rodeo Committee, Charlene Hunt from parks and recreation and the spectators that came out to watch our fine rodeo. Also Deputy Messner for allowing the use of the two posse members."

See y'all next year!

Youth football sign-up

The Payson Youth Football league will hold player registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24 and July 15 at Farm Bureau Insurance, located at 102 W. Roundup. The fee is $75, and players should bring a birth certificate and a parent to the sign-up.

Practices and regular season games begin in August.

Payson will participate next season in the Central Arizona Youth Football Association along with teams representing Chino Valley, Camp Verde, the White Mountains and Round Valley.

Pro ball in Payson

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host both baseball and softball training centers July 10 to 14 at Rumsey Park.

The camps are conducted each day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and are open to both boys and girls 6 to 12 years old.

This summer, more than 95 week-long camps will be held in 35 Arizona towns over a nine-week period, which began Memorial Day.

The camp fee is $150, which includes a Diamondbacks hat, T-shirt, wristbands and two tickets to a 2006 Diamondbacks home game at Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark).

Instructors are handpicked by the organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing and base running, as well as specific position play.

Each camp day and session is highly choreographed to maximize participation and activity time. Instructors are from a group of former professional players, as well as local collegiate and high school coaches.

In previous years, the camps have not only drawn from the Rim Country, but also from young players from the Valley whose parents are eager to escape the heat with the hour-and-a-half commute.

Registration can be completed online at www.dbacksoutreach.com or by calling (800) 821-7152.

Links agenda

Several upcoming golf tournaments will give the most dedicated of linksters the opportunity to put their skills to the test and help some worthwhile causes.

They include:

June 17: Jack Morris Memorial. Call Gary Cordell, (928) 474-4401.

Aug. 12: Pioneer Title Tournament to benefit Payson Community Kids. Call Pioneer Title, (928) 474-3235.

Aug. 25-26: Christmas for Kids to benefit area children. Call Det. Matt Van Camp at (928) 474-5177, ext. 251.

Sept. 23: Safeway Shotgun to benefit Payson public schools. Call (928) 472-8208 for more information from Russ Youngcourt or Dan Dillon.

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