Scholarship Offer Is Humbling For Phs Athlete


PHS senior Matt Wilson, about as fine a teenager as there is, admits he was humbled by the full-ride scholarship offer he received from Northern Arizona University.

Just after inking his letter of intent on Feb. 4 — the day NCAA rules allow recruits to officially commit to schools — Matt said, “I would like to thank my Lord and savior because without him I could not do anything, all the glory and the credit goes to him.”

He also expressed his gratitude to his supporters.

“I would also like to thank the people from Payson. All the support and encouragement you’ve given to me and my team is greatly appreciated.”

Finally, he lauded the community, “There is no better town to play ball in than Payson.”

Tyler to Marines

Former Longhorn football and baseball star Tyler Williams stopped by for a visit this week.

It seems, he’s made a big decision in his life and will soon be enlisting in the U.S. Marines.

Tyler says being a Marine has been in the back of his mind since he graduated from PHS in 2005 but he only recently decided to go ahead with his commitment.

I’m certain all the teachers and coaches Tyler had a Pine and PHS are proud of him.

We talked a little about his choice and the possibility of going to Iraq or Afghanistan. He’s explored those possibilities well and is absolutely resolute in his decision.

Tyler is such a great young man, the Marines will have an outstanding recruit when he enlists.

All who know Tyler will undoubtedly be cheering him on just as they did during his days at PHS when he was an all-region performer in both football and baseball, and a true team leader.

He was also a member of the Fellowship of the Ring, which honored varsity letter winners who excelled off the field and in civic projects.

Watching wildlife

The Town Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Watchable Wildlife seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at P&R offices located in Green Valley Park. The fee is $5.

Trails and Outdoor Coordinator Mary McMullen says the course is an opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as steps for successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country.

Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Joe Yarchin will present the program. Topics to be covered include how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals and the habitat.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.

New scholarships

Senior students at Payson High School who have lettered in two varsity sports or one sport and band are eligible for the first-ever Ted Pettet Scholarships valued at $2,000 each.

The Mogollon Sporting Association, of which Pettet is a co-founder, is funding the new scholarships, which will go to one boy and one girl.

For more information, contact the school’s guidance office.

Sign up now for Little League

Registration for the 2009 Little League season has begun for all aspiring softball and baseball players between the ages of 6 and 14.

Registration forms are available at the National Bank of Arizona and online at:

Forms can be turned in to National Bank of Arizona weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Players must bring a copy of their birth certificate.

The registration fee is $75 for the first player and $70 for each additional child in the same family. Officials say no child will be turned away for financial reasons — scholarships will be available.

Players who signed up before Feb. 6 received free tickets to a celebrity baseball game on Feb. 8 in Scottsdale Stadium.

Tryouts for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 years will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 on the two Rumsey west fields, sometimes known as the Kiwanis fields.

Also, the league is in need of even more adult volunteers.

“If you would like to volunteer to help Payson Little League, please submit an application available at National Bank or online at


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