Volleyball Opening Game Changed To Estrella Foothills

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The Lady Longhorn volleyball schedule has undergone a change, since being compiled in mid-February.

Originally, the team was to have tipped off the season with a controlled scrimmage Aug. 23 in Camp Verde. However, the team will now begin the season that same date at Estrella Foothills, instead.

Game times are 4 p.m. (freshman), 5 p.m. (junior varsity) and 6 p.m. (varsity).

The remainder of the original schedule remains the same.

Men's soccer action

The Payson 40-years-and-over men's soccer team finished with a 0-1-3 record in the Payson July 4 Invitational Tournament. The Rim Country's 30-years-and-older team was 0-4 and last in the five-team field.

The 40-year-olds opened with a tie against the Strikers, then lost to 3-1 to Fast Fix, 4-2 to Mirage and 3-2 to the Incinerators.

In the narrow loss to the Incinerators, Payson led 2-0 early in the first half, but the visitors came roaring back to tie the game 2-2 at halftime. In the second half, the Incinerators, who won the tournament, scored the winning goal.

The 30-year-olds lost 7-2 to Inferno, 8-0 to S. Rov., 4-2 to the Celtics and 4-0 to the Sand Dragons.

The tournament was played at Rumsey Park.

To buy or not?

The late summer is usually the time of the year when out-of-town advertising firms begin their efforts to hawk Payson High School sports schedules and calendars.

While those sales are legal, some of those schedules/calendars do not have the approval of school officials.

A few years ago, former Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley was besieged with calls from local businesspeople who had been contacted by a telemarketer. The caller said he was selling advertising for a Longhorn football calendar and poster.

Having out-of-town firms attempt to sell schedules is not a new headache for small town high schools.

During his tenure as athletic director, Bradley constantly faced the problem of unauthorized persons trying to peddle advertising that appears to be endorsed by PHS.

Several years ago, I contacted one of the advertising firms, located in Texas. I was told that since schedules are public domain, it is perfectly legal to sell the advertising.

The man on the other end of the phone also tried to make a case for his advertising. His plea was that more publicity for PHS sports creates more fan support. That, in turn, increases gate revenue.

From my point of view, that's complete hogwash. None of the profits from his sales were being returned to PHS.

Payson police also got involved, but learned selling the out-of-town schedule/calendar is legal.

However, businesspeople having any doubts about whether the advertising they are purchasing will indeed benefit the school and sports teams should call PHS at (928) 474-2233.

Links play

The Pioneer Title Agency has issued an invitation to participate in the 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, to be held Aug. 11 at Payson Golf Course. The event tees off at 8 a.m.

This year the tournament will benefit Payson Community Kids.

To enter, call Kim Muller at (928) 474-3235 or Marcy Rogers at (928) 472-7163.

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