Vote For Clifford Pirch


By logging on to the FLW Outdoors Web site, anglers can play a video of Payson pro Clifford Pirch fishing in a recent East Coast tournament. Clifford is one of three nominees for the Eagle Claw Hook Set Award.

After watching him fish, those who believe Clifford is deserving of the award can cast their vote his way. Simply click on Hook Set Award on the left side of the screen and a ballot will appear. The video and award are for the best hook set from a Wal-Mart FLW tour event on Lake Murray.

The winner of the award will be announced on FOX Sports Net at 9 a.m. April 2.

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Calling the Class of 2001

Former Payson High School teacher and coach, Cain Jagodzinski, now at Fountain Hills High School, asked his senior government/economics class five years ago to write a letter to themselves.

In it, they were to predict what they might be doing with their lives in the future.

When the project was complete, Jagodzinski told the students he would return the letters to the writers in five years. The purpose of the project was to allow the seniors, in five years time, to evaluate themselves on how, or if, they had lived up to the expectations they had.

That five years has passed and Jagodzinski is anxious to return the letters to the students.

Beginning May 28, the letters will be available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway. Jagodzinski is asking any members of the Payson High School class of 2001 who had him as a teacher to pick up their letters.

Since leaving PHS, Jagodzinski has done quite well in his coaching endeavors. His Fountain Hills basketball team recently won its second successive state championship.

Among his players is former Rim Country Middle and Payson High School standout, Alex Bunk. The teen moved to FH from Payson after his freshmen year.

Classic on tap

Gracie Haught Classic tournament chairman Charlene Haught anticipates local fields will be in good playing shape for the March 24 and 25 tournament.

"We had them covered (with a tarp) during the rain and snow," she said. "We just pulled off the covers yesterday (March 22)."

Tournament plans are for the 10 teams entered to play opening day and early the second day in two pools of five teams each. Pool A includes Desert Edge, Apache Junction, Benson, Queen Creek and Payson. In Pool B are Prescott, Chandler Basha, Florence, Blue Ridge and Many Farms.

Beginning at noon on the second day of the tournament, the teams will be seeded into a single elimination tournament in which the No. 3 finishers from each pool play No. 4 from the opposite pool. In the second round, No. 2 pool finishers play No. 5, and both pool champs play the winners of No. 3 vs. No. 4.

For games at Rumsey 2, Hunt will have a temporary fence erected 200 feet from home plate.

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