Payson Little League all-star Westin Gibson finished second at the Arizona State Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run Championships held June 11 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Competing in the 11-12-years age bracket, Gibson tallied 938 points to finish second to state champion Ethan Jacks of Lakeside who tallied 1,004 points.
Gibson qualified for the Pepsi state championships by winning age group titles at both local and sectional Pitch, Hit and Run competitions.
The Payson showdown was contested April 19 at Rumsey Park. The sectional was held May 13 at Rhoades Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Also in the state championships for Payson, Nick McMullen was third in the 9-10-year-old age division.
The Payson Cougars senior softball team took time off the diamond last week for a trip to the East Valley where they picked citrus fruit eventually donated to several local charities. Among those that received the fruit were the Payson Senior Center, Time Out Shelter, St. Philip's Food Bank, Senior Health Center, several churches and the police and fire departments. Among those participating in the benefit were Dan Rebai, Dusty Wright, Jesse Chavarria, Art and Pam Padilla and Abe and Elaine Yamada. Abe Yamada said the homeowners were grateful to have the fruit picked and the recipients were happy with the donations.
Husband, wife in top 10
Payson anglers Bob and Mary Hayn pocketed $150 for their 10th-place finish at the final AllStar Bass Couples Tournament of the 2006 season. The season-ender was held June 10 at Roosevelt Lake. The two weighed in 11.52 pounds of fish.
In 2002, the team had its best-ever AllStar finish taking third at a tournament held at Apache Lake.
RMEF on tap
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.
Links play at PGC
With two benefit golf tournaments now in the history books -- Carquest and the Jack Morris Memorial -- there are three more remaining on the calendar that should allow local players to test their skills against the Rim Country's best.
- Aug 12: Pioneer Title Tournament benefits Payson Community Kids. Call Pioneer Title (928) 474-3235.
- Aug 25-26: 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.