Seniors Will Hold Car Wash To Raise Funds

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The Payson High School senior class' quest to fund a graduation trip to Disneyland began with last month's volleyball tournament and will continue with a car wash from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 in front of Auto Zone.

"It will be for donations," senior Lisa Bartoli said. "We are inviting everyone to come out and get their car or truck washed."

Also, this school year to earn even more class money, the seniors have hosted dances and sold T-shirts and sweatshirts through the school bookstore.

"Our class feels the need to fund-raise because having money in our senior account is critical to leave a gift to Payson High School, especially since the class of 2008 is the 50th graduating class of PHS," Bartoli said. "We want to leave behind something really great."

The senior trip will involve a busload of 45 to 50 seniors leaving Payson at about 1 p.m. May 29 bound for Anaheim. The group will return the following day.

"Disneyland will be closed to the public and opened only for seniors from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.," Bartoli said. "The funds we are working to earn are going to cover the cost of our charter bus."

Wrestling camp

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the Little Longhorn Wrestling Camp May 27 to 30 in the Wilson Dome wrestling room. The camp is open to aspiring grapplers in grades five through nine.

PHS coaches and varsity wrestlers will oversee that camp. The fee is $20, which includes a camp T-shirt.

Call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359 for more information.

HOSA hosts golf

The Payson High School Health Occupation Students of America will hold a golf tournament tomorrow, May 10, at Payson Golf Course.

The fee is $80 per player.

HOSA is a student organization committed to recruiting qualified young people interested in pursuing a career in the health care profession. Last year, the Payson chapter of HOSA conducted CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) training for high school faculty and staff.

Funds from the golf tournament will be used to purchase AEDs and place them in locations throughout the community.

The cost of the devices is about $1,200 per unit. For more information or to enter, call James Vandruff at (928) 978-5276 or Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

Tennis anyone?

The Payson Tennis Club is looking for new players.

PTC member Mike Steelman says the club is hoping to attract intermediate level doubles players, both male and female.

The initiation from him is, "if you can serve, have an average forehand and backhand, and can play net at least a little bit, come play doubles with us every Monday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m." Games are played at Rumsey Park.

Steelman says, "Come out and get some sun and exercise and meet new people." He also warns that games may change as the weather warms up.

For more information, call Steelman at (928) 476-2702.

Payson day at D-back game

The Arizona Diamondbacks have declared May 18 to be "Payson Little League Day" at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The game to be played that day will pit the hometown Diamond-backs against the Detroit Tigers.

With every ticket sold, the Diamondbacks will donate $2 to the Payson Little League program.

Also, the local Little Leagues will participate in a pre-game parade around the Chase Field warning tracks. The first 5,000 in the ballpark, will receive D-backs trading cards.

Game time is 1:10 p.m.

Tickets to the game are available from local Little League players, coaches and other volunteers, and must be purchased before May 9.

For more information, call Ken at (480) 231-3674.

Baseball camp

Also on the summer sports agenda for the Rim Country's young players is the Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center, to be held July 7 to 11 at Rumsey Park.

Shannon Godfrey, Diamondbacks assistant for Baseball Outreach and Development, said both baseball and softball camps will be offered.

The camps, which are held through the week from 8 to 11 a.m., feature instruction in all aspects of baseball and fastpitch softball, including hitting, fielding, base running, pitching, strategy and sportsmanship.

Coaches usually throw in spirit contests and games to keep the camp sessions fun and interesting.

Godfrey said the purpose of training centers are to instill an enhanced self-image, increased skills, improved knowledge of the game and greater community pride in the participants.

The training centers are open to all players 6 to 18 years of age.

The fee of $150 includes 15 hours of instruction, a Diamondbacks' cap and T-shirt, instructional DVD and the opportunity to attend select Diamondback home games.

All profits benefit Diamondbacks Youth Charities.

"We are excited for camp and we will be in Payson," Godfrey said.

The baseball camps usually fill to capacity, often attracting players who commute from the Valley eager to escape the searing desert heat.

For more information call 1-800-821-7152 or go to dbacks.com/camp.

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