Payson High School soccer star Chad Lammers has been chosen to play on the Down Under International Sports team in Australia.
He will be representing Arizona on the USA team that will compete against international high school teams during the tournament set for July 15 to 25, 2008.
While Down Under, he will have the opportunity to learn about Australian culture while playing the sport he loves.
Chad has played soccer in Payson since he was four years old.
He first played on Town of Payson youth league teams, later with a traveling team, and the last four years for the Payson High School Longhorns.
As a senior last season, he was chosen the Longhorns top offensive and defensive player. He was also named to the All-East region first team and 1A-3A All-State second team.
Chad is pursuing soccer on the college level and has said the Australian adventure would be an outstanding opportunity for him to gain experience.
Fund-raising efforts have begun to help him cover the $4,000 cost of the trip. The deadline for Chad's payment is May 1. Chad says he would greatly appreciate any and all financial aid that would help him to reach his goal. All donations, made out to ISSI (International Sports Specialties, Inc.), can be sent to Chad Lammers, 907 S. Mud Springs Rd. Payson, AZ 85541.
He can also be reached at (928) 474-0308.
Little League sign-up
Registration for both Little League baseball and softball will be held 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow, Saturday, in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
Tryouts and a final sign-up will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 on the Rumsey I playing field.
The fee is $75 per player and $70 for each additional participant from the same family. Little League baseball is open to youths six to 15-years of age and softball to girls 7 to 16-years.
When registering, participants must bring with them a copy of their birth certificate.
For those who can't make either of of the two final regular registrations, sign-up may also be completed weekdays at Intermountain West, located at 107 N. Tonto St. When signing up there, ask for Mariah.
The upcoming season will mark the debut of Little League-sponsored Girls Fastpitch Softball in the Rim Country.
Payson High School girls softball coach Will Dunman, also a Little League board member, said there has long been a need in the town for fast pitch, mostly because only slow pitch is offered in local youth leagues.
"Fastpitch will better prepare them for high school softball," he said.
For this inaugural season, players, ages seven-to-nine years, will participate in the Minor League and those nine to 12-years will be entered in the Major League.
Senior League will consist of girls 13-16 years.
The Minor League will use a "Machine Pitch" format and both the Major and Senior will be "Player Pitch."
Dunman and other league officials are in the process of designing a plan for placing athletes on which teams they will play during the upcoming season.
"We'll use the tryout system that baseball does and go from there," Dunman said.
Once the season begins, some of the teams could be playing against Little League squads from the White Mountain towns.
"We set some of those up in case we don't have enough teams in each league," Little League President Slade Gibson said. "We want the softball and baseball teams to all have good years."
This season, in addition to the local Little League programs calling for players, the organization is in need of volunteers to help oversee the program.
Fore more information, call Dunman at (928) 472-2266.
The Friends And Neighbors (FAN) club would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to helping the Payson High School boys basketball program.
They include Sawmill Theatres, Chili's Macky's Grill, Pizza Factory, Taco Bell, Fireside Espresso, Wendy's, Circle H Car Wash, Fletcher's Tire, Windermere Real Estate, Dairy Queen, Jack in the Box, Bio O, Jiffy Lube, Del Taco, H.D. Supply & Electric, Giant Car Wash, Corral West, Steve's Pro Lube, Cutting Edge, Steve Iverson and Larry Forgyte.