The injury bug is wreaking havoc on the Lady Longhorn volleyball team's aspirations of receiving an advantageous seed into the state tournament.
Just prior to a Sept. 20 game against Show Low, coach Arnold Stonebrink and his players learned that middle hitter Christina Deaton is sidelined for the season with a knee injury suffered in a Sept. 5 match against Fountain Hills.
Stonebrink said an MRI revealed the knee damage was extensive.
The coach called the loss a "big blow for us, especially defensively."
Deaton, 6 feet in height, is the Lady Horns tallest player and usually is among the team leaders in stuffs and blocks.
Janae Blaylock will replace Deaton in the lineup.
Also on the day before the Show Low game, libero Segan Cline went down with an ankle injury.
"She rolled it forward, not sideways," Stonebrink said.
As a precaution, Kristin Remonda started in Cline's place at Show Low. Cline, however, returned to play in the third game of the match.
Remonda's insertion in the line-up gave fans a hint of things to come.
"I think she will be a rock-solid libero for us next year," Stonebrink said.
King and queen to be crowned
During halftime of Friday evening's football game against Show Low, the homecoming king and queen will be crowned.
Senior king candidates include Nick Alexander, B.J. Hill, Anthony Pearce and Alan Wolf.
Senior queen candidates are Courtney Morris, Janet Echols, Aubrey Laird and Kaitlin Phylow.
Junior attendants are David Carlen and Alesha Raecke.
Sophomores are Cliff Lopez and Collette Sexton. Caleb Harrison and Tori McDaniel will represent the freshman class.
The 2007 Willow Spring Fall Classic Trout tournament, which will benefit Payson Community Christian School, is slated to get off to a rousing start at 6 a.m. Sept. 29 at Willow Springs Lake, located 32 miles east of Payson and north of Highway 260.
Tournament director Tracy Purtee said there would be signs posted to direct competitors to the lake.
The pre-registration entry fee is $30, due before Sept. 26. On the day of the tournament, the fee to enter will be $35. Tournament day registration at the lake opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m. Those who pre-register must also check in.
Entry forms for the Fall Classic are available at the Payson Community Christian School Web site, PCCS@cybertrails.com. by calling (928) 474-8050 or at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway, in the Swiss Village Shops.
Mountain Biking 101
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering a class on the essentials of mountain biking. Topics to be covered include bike set-up, maintenance and repair, along with hands-on practice in specific mountain biking techniques. It will take place Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at Rumsey Park Ramada #1.
The course will end with a trail ride on one of the USFS and Payson Area Trails System routes to practice what new skills you have learned.
The registration fee is $15, which includes snacks and water. A mountain bike and helmet are required; preferred equipment includes a tire repair kit and pump. Registration ends Oct. 12. Class size is limited, so register early.