Fall Sports Guide Provides Student Athlete Recognition

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The Payson Roundup's commitment to providing the finest Payson High School sports coverage possible reaches new heights today with the publishing of the inaugural Fall Sports Guide in our print edition.

In it, fans, parents and coaches will find team schedules, each varsity athlete's picture, cheerleader pictures and previews of all fall sports -- volleyball, football, cross country and soccer.

The Fall Sports Guide is our effort to give Payson High School student athletes the recognition they deserve.

All of us who had a hand in putting together the Fall Sports Guide, including publisher John Naughton and editor Tom Brossart, understand and appreciate the commitment student athletes make.

It would be much easier for them to go home after school and play video games than it is to spend three hours sweating, toiling and laboring through rigorous practice sessions.

Their decision to participate in extracurricular activities ultimately takes them out of their comfort zones and allows them to reach new heights they might have thought not possible.

We at the Payson Roundup, acknowledge that student athletes are one of our town's most previous resources and are tomorrow's leaders.

For evidence, look around town. Dr. Eric Anderson was once a standout football player, wrestler and track and field star. Former PHS quarterback Tony McDaniel is a DPS officer and ex-Longhorn running back Ty Chilson is a successful businessman.

Rim Country Middle School math teacher Nicole Dudley was once one of the Lady Longhorns finest three sports stars and registered nurse Lura (Goldman) Ryden shined in track and field.

PHS principal Roy Sandoval was a standout at PHS in football, wrestling and baseball and Arizona Public Service's Bo Althoff was a record setting pole-vaulter.

In publishing the first-ever Sports Guide, which we hope will become a regular feature at the onset of each prep sports season, we are grateful for the cooperation we received from PHS student athletes, teachers, coaches and the administration.

A correction

In the Aug. 21 Payson Roundup, a Sports Talk feature on Dutch oven cooking included an incorrect phone number.

To register for a Dutch oven cooking class to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept, 8, call Mary McMullen at (928) 472-5242, ext 358.

Lawn mower races?

The upcoming Second Annual Payson Demolition Derby might include, believe it or not, lawn mower races.

Jerry Honeycutt of Honeycutt Rodeo, the event sponsor, said he is in the process of trying to attract the unusual races to Payson.

Honeycutt will know by next week if the unique races will be part of the upcoming derby.

Also at the event, a first-ever trucks-only competition will be held.

Town Payson Parks Manager Nelson Beck, also the director of the Payson Demolition Derby, is scouring the town searching for more entries in the trucks-only division.

At the conclusion of last year's highly successful demolition derby, drivers and fans alike clamored for a trucks-only division.

So, Beck and Honeycutt went about scheduling a trucks only competition.

The only problem is, there haven't been many entries.

Beck hopes interest in the trucks competition heightens, so the inaugural event can be part of the derby when it is held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in Payson Event Center.

"There is still time to build a truck and make it competitive," Beck said.

Also on the agenda will be the main derby, open to entrants from around the state, and a Powder-Puff division.

The main derby will feature $1,000 in added money, but the locals-only truck division will award prize money only from entry fees and $20 per truck added money. Local drivers must live within a 40-mile radius of Payson.

There is no added money to the powder-puff division and the jackpot will be paid out of entry fees. Trophies are also awarded in all three divisions.

The entry fees into the main and truck derbies is $40 until Aug. 24. After that date, it increases to $60.

The powder-puff fee is $20, which can be paid on the day of the event at the gate.

Beck stressed that if a driver has a car entered in the main derby and it is drivable at the conclusion of the competition, a spouse, friend or significant other may enter it in the power-puff event.

For more information, call Beck at (928) 474-5242.

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