Payson Motocross On Fox July 16


For those who missed the first two television broadcasts of the Summer Gold Motocross races held June 28 and July 5 at Payson Event Center, they will air again on Fox Sports Net on July 16 (12:30 p.m.) and July 19 (noon).

Hosting the broadcast will be television personality Wally Kahill on his Motor Sports Mania "E" ticket program.

ILX Resorts Incorporated's Kohl's Ranch Lodge, teamed up with the Town of Payson, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, Rim Country Power Sports and Mazatzal Casino to sponsor Motor Sports Mania Television's filming of the motocross racing.

Payson youth football

Aspiring youth league football players may register for upcoming league play from 9 a.m. to noon, July 19 at the equipment room/concession stand located just south of the Rumsey 3 playing field.

The fee is $80 for players and $75 for cheerleaders. When registering, participants must bring a copy of their birth certificates.

For those who sign up after that date, a $20 late fee will be charged raising the player's amount to $100.

Board member Felicia Moore said the board recently assessed the penalty to try to avoid the usual problems associated with late registrations.

"Time is growing short, we need to make plans and know how many (players and cheerleaders) we have," Moore said.

Also the league's annual draft will be at 9 a.m., July 26 and the start of team practices is July 28.

She is unsure of the exact time practices will be held, but traditionally they have been from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rumsey.

Also, league play kicks off Sept. 7 in Prescott and the Payson teams will make their annual appearance in the Walkup Skydome at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff on Sept. 27.

Playing indoors on a university football field is a huge thrill for the young athletes, Moore said.

In an effort to adequately fund the five teams in the league, local board members are currently scouring the town trying to find corporate sponsors.

"We do need some (financial) help," Moore said.

The association also has an opening for a cheerleaders sponsor.

To help with CAYFA or for more information, call Moore at (928) 476-5440.

Meredith roping

The fourth annual Ted Meredith Memorial Roping will benefit the American Cancer Society in memory of Marsha Marcanti.

The former Globe resident, a longtime fixture on the county rodeo and roping circuit, was also an accomplished musician with three CD releases.

Marcanti was 48 years of age when she succumbed last year to cancer.

Since her death, several other events including the Cowpunchers Reunion and Gila Championship Rodeo have featured benefits for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer fund.

Meredith Memorial Roping sponsors Garrett and Sarah Haught say 10 percent of all donations will be given to the breast cancer fund in memory of Marcanti.

The roping, which will be held July 19 and 20 during Pleasant Valley Days in Young, traditionally draws some of the finest headers and heelers from throughout Gila County.

Throngs of spectators also turn out to watch the cowpunchers ply their trade.

The competition will be conducted similar to past years with two Ruger 44 Magnum pistols going to the high-money header and heeler during the weekend. A master trophy saddle will be awarded the high-money roper of the open draw competition, which organizers say is the most anticipated event of the weekend. Buckles, breast collars and saddle blankets will be awarded the winners of the Marsha Marcanti Memorial All-Girl Round Robin.

On July 20, a "Scrambled Egg" roping for boys and girls teams 16-years-and-under will be held at 9 a.m.

A Cowboy Church is also traditionally held on the Sunday of the weekend roping.

The entry fees are $60 a person for the roping and $125 for the all-girl round robin.

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