Spirit Line Is Dedicated, Hardworking Cheer Group



Dennis Fendler/Roundup

Among the Payson High School spirit line members who will be leading cheers at tonight’s Homecoming game against Chino Valley are Anjelica Morgan, Emi Stackie, Tiffany Gamboa and Jordan Ashby.

With homecoming set for tonight, coach Kristi Ford’s spirit line will be primed and ready to have Payson boosters rockin’ and rollin’ their support for the Longhorn football team.

The cheer squad is a hardworking group who put in plenty of after hours practice time and must meet strict eligibility requirements.

Because of their hard work and dedication, tonight is a prime time for fans and boosters to show their support for the members of the spirit line as well as the football team.

The cheer squad includes Tabitha Armstead, Jordan Ashby, Ashley Baca, Kayla Campbell, Mercedeze Campbell, Nicole DePugh, Tiffany Gamboa, Janelle Garrison, Chelsea Groeneveld, Nicole Hallam, Destiney Henning, Haylee Henning, Chelsea Iverson, Kayla Kral, Baylie MacRae, Amanda Mason, Kori May, Anjelica Morgan, Ashley Parker, Valerie Powers, Collette Sexton, Jessica Slapnicka, Kiki Soto, Trinidad Stackhouse, Emi Stacklie, Crystal Stanton, Candace Taylor, Tiffany Truong, Alyssa Ulibarri, Alexis Weaver and Jessica Wilembrecht.

For homecoming

Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club member Eileen Daniels wants sports fans to know about a couple of benefits that will be going on during tonight’s homecoming game.

The FAN Club will be selling 50/50 split (raffle) and Spirit Couch tickets at the cheerleader-sponsored Indian fry bread dinner to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in the north-side PHS parking lot.

The 50/50 tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The Spirit Couch tickets are $5 each or three of $10.

For Friday’s homecoming game, the Spirit Couch is being sponsored by Aaron’s Rentals.

“The couch is being moved to be closer to the fans and the action on the football field,” Daniels said. “The winner will be able to have three friends sit with him or her.”

The FAN Club is donating all the proceeds to the junior class to help with next spring’s prom.

The 50/50 split raffle winner at the last home game won $150.

“We are hoping to split an even bigger pot for this game,” Daniels said.

All proceeds will be used to purchase a scorer’s table in Wilson Dome.

FAN Club meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the Pioneer Title building. New members are always welcome.

Disc play set for Oct. 4

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department and the Arizona Disc Golf Club are set to host the Second Annual Rim Country Open Oct. 4 at Rumsey Park.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and a players meeting will be held one hour later. Round one begins at 10 a.m. A second round will be held at the conclusion of the first.

A trophy presentation will begin immediately after round two.

For the tournament, 18 temporary holes will be set up at Rumsey Park.

The entry fees are $35 for the open division, $30 for open women and master, $25 for advance and advanced master, $20 for intermediate and intermediate women and $15 for novice.

Last year, the unusual sport fascinated unknowing onlookers who watched as the entrants locked horns in a sport much like golf, but instead of using balls, players used flying discs thrown at baskets or targets.

Although the sport has never been played competitively in the Rim Country, six entrants were from Payson.

Among them was Jerry Novak, who’s enjoyed the sport for a decade, playing mostly Valley-area courses.

He predicts disc golf will soon become a popular recreation activity in the Rim Country. “It’s fun, it’s inexpensive and most everyone can play.”

Disc golf was formalized in the 1970s according to the Professional Disc Golf Association’s Web site at www.pdga.com. For more information, call the P&R department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.


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