Are You Who You Thought You Would Be?


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.


Members of the Payson High School Class of 2001 are invited to stop by the Payson Roundup and pick up letters they penned as seniors.

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.

Five years have passed and Jagodzinski is anxious to return the letters to the students.

Beginning March 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.

Pirch competes for hook set award

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. Pirch is one of three nominees for the Eagle Claw Hook Set Award.

After watching him fish, those who believe he 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 award is 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.

The Web site can be found at

Pat's Run

For those interested in participating in Pat's Run, which last spring drew about 25 Rim Country runners, it will be held April 15 on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Runners who competed at the April 16, 2005 inaugural run received invitations in January that read:

"Happy New Year from the Pat Tillman Foundation. As you make your final resolutions for 2006, make the commitment to Resolve to Run and join us for Pat's Run.

"Pat's Run is a 4.2-mile run and walk plus a .42-mile kids run allowing runners, joggers, nonrunners, walkers and kids to celebrate Pat's life by actively doing something positive.

"At the inaugural run over 6,000 participants and volunteers came together to create a truly unique event at Arizona State University, raising more than $150,000 for the foundation.

"All proceeds for Pat's Run benefit the foundation's Leadership Through Action Initiative."

This year's run is expected to draw 10,000 entrants and be equally as festive as last year.

Among those set to return for a second shot at Pat's Run is mother of two and former Payson High School student-athlete, Carolyn Fruth.

Last year, she ran to a third-place finish in the 40-to-42-years age division.

Fruth covered the 4.2 mile course in 31:11 and received a bronze sculpture of "A Mountain," which is located near the campus of Arizona State University.

The sculpture was inscribed with the No. 42.

While the race distance, 4.2 miles, might seem odd to those accustomed to participating in 5Ks, 10Ks and marathons, the mark was chosen because Tillman wore No. 42 while playing football at Arizona State University.

The finish line for the race is at the 42-yard-line on Frank Kush Field in Sun Devil Stadium.

In addition to being a fun athletic event, the entire day is a festive one on the campus of ASU and the many watering holes on nearby Mill Avenue.

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PWGA tees off

The Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group held its annual kick off brunch at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the new restaurant in the old Mad Dawg's location on Main Street.

Players interested in joining the PWGA can learn more about the organization by calling Dorothy Meek at (928) 474-9670.

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