What Generosity Makes Possible

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Payson High School extracurricular activities received a nice final boost at the May 14 school board meeting.

The enhancements arrived in the form of cash donations that, by law, have to be accepted by the board.

Among the recipients was the Gracie Haught Classic Softball Tournament that received donations totaling $696 from the Hot Ice women's softball team.

Portions of those donations were earned last summer at the third annual Mazatzal Casino and Payson Parks and Recreation Home Run Derby.

In the contest's women's division, first place was taken by the Gracie's Dazies I team of Molly Hunt, Marci Rush and Jill Boston. The trio slugged 17 home runs and awarded the first-place prize money to the Gracie Haught Classic.

Hunt was the individual champion with 10 home runs.

Gracie's Dazies II took third place with nine home runs and chose the Gracie Haught Classic as the prize recipient.

On the team were Sandee Koon, Bobbie Jo Haught and Tracy Hoffman.

Another portion of the money, donated by Hot Ice, represented proceeds from T-shirt sales at the Grace Haught tournament, held earlier this spring.

Also, the softball team received $1,404.85, which represented proceeds from the 2007 tournament.

The Longhorn baseball team pocketed $2,350 from the Payson Fan Club and $423 from the Mogollon Sporting Association. The upcoming "Grad Nite" festivities received several donations, including $500 from the Gila County Board of Supervisors.

It is donations like those that allow the school district to host quality extracurricular programs, in spite of having a limited district budget for such activities.

Calling all Barry Bonds

For those interested in entering the Fourth Annual Home Run Derby, it will be held July 6 at Rumsey II.

The tournament will tip off at 6 p.m.

Softball players, ages 21 and older, are eligible to participate for a $45 registration fee, which must be paid by July 1. Sign-up may be completed at the town Parks and Recreation offices, located at Green Valley Park.

All teams will be playing for prize money, which will be donated to a local nonprofit organization of their choice. T-shirts and trophies will be awarded.

All-State tournament

The Longhorn baseball team did not have any players selected to the 3A State All-Tournament team, but that's not uncommon for teams eliminated in the first round.

The East region, however, was represented with four honorees.

Chosen were Ren Bryant of Snowflake and three players from state runner-up Holbrook -- Olen Hatch, Scott Baker and Justin Maestas.

The Winslow Bulldogs, which eliminated PHS in the first round and lost to eventual state champion Wickenburg in the second, had one player chosen, Mario Sells.

Lady Longhorns to host girls basketball camp

Learn to play basketball the Lady Longhorn way May 29 through June 1 during the Lady Longhorn Basketball Day Camp for girls, entering grades four through eight. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Wilson Dome. Instruction will be given by PHS players and coaches.

To register, pick up a form at Payson High School or arrive the opening day of camp at 8 a.m. Campers should attend the first day in shorts, T-shirt and basketball shoes ready to practice. The fee is $30 per camper. For more information, call (928) 474-2233.

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