Reunion Alumni Get Free Pass To Oct. 9 Game


Payson High School alumni from around the country will gather Oct. 9 for a multi-year 1975 to 1982 class reunion hosted by the class of 1978-79.

Events tip off at 5:45 p.m. in front of the high school auditorium with a “meet and greet” session.

Following it, PHS principal Roy Sandoval will then escort the alumni on a tour of the school.

All will be given free passes to attend that evening’s football game against Fountain Hills and be seated in a special alumni section.

Kick off is 7 p.m.

After the game, alumni are invited to a gathering at Famous Sam’s and a dinner is scheduled the following day.

For more information call Kelly Miller at (480) 838-8530 or Robyn Althoff at (928) 595-2120.

Tackle Box hosts sign-up

Call or stop by the Tackle Box, (928) 479-2493 in Tonto Basin to sign up for the upcoming two-man bass, crappie and catfish fishing tournament that will benefit the Tonto Basin Little Red Schoolhouse.

The tournament will be held safelight to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at Roosevelt Lake with weigh-in at the Windy Hill Launch Ramp.

The entry fee is $110 of which $60 will go to the Little Red Schoolhouse Fund and $50 to payouts to winning fishermen.

Payouts will be awarded to first through fifth places for a five-fish limit (one slot fish per angler) and a $25 big fish option.

The limit for crappie is 10 and is three for catfish.

Although the tournament will be the highlight of the day, a barbecue lunch, raffle and awards ceremony will be held at the Butcher Hook after the weigh-in. Two lunches and two raffle tickets are included in the tournament entry fee.

Additional raffle tickets will be available at the barbecue for $1 each or six for $5. Additional barbecue tickets are $5 per person. The Butcher Hook will liven up with music from 3 to 6 p.m.

Sight-in on Saturday

The Tonto Rim Sports Club will be hosting on Oct. 3, a “sight-in” at the Jim Jones Shooting Range.

The events, which begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. are open to all hunters but non-members of TRSC will be charged $5 for use of the range.

During the sight-ins, hunters may use the range and its facilities to calibrate their mounted scopes to make just the right shot once he or she comes across that perfect buck or bull.

Most hunters agree it takes a full box of ammunition — sometimes more — to properly sight-in a rifle.

Hunters may have their rifles bore-sighted at any local gun shop, but TRSC range officers will be available during the two sight-in days to help those that do not have the guns bore-sighted.

Among the club officers adept at sighting is Charlie Thompson, also the TRSC spokesman. Thompson will be on site Saturday to assist shooters.

The range is located 2.2 miles south of the Mazatzal Casino off the Beeline Highway, to reach it, turn left onto a gravel road and drive 1.5 miles to the entrance.

For more information, call Thompson at (928) 468-1521.

Take a challenge

The fourth annual Rim Country Challenge will be held Oct. 3 in Green Valley Park and on Payson streets.

Challenge events include a half-marathon, 5K, young athletes’ fun run and a half-marathon team relay.

The proceeds from the Challenge benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.

All races start and finish at GVP. The half-marathon and relay begin at 8 a.m., the 5K kicks off at 8:15 a.m. and the young athletes’ fun run starts at 9 a.m.

At the conclusion of the run, awards will also be given to the first three male and female finishers in each age division, and certificates will be awarded to all young athlete participants.

Late registration will be available from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on race day. Early registration fees were $40 for the half-marathon, $20 for the 5K, $120 per team for the relay teams and $10 for the young athletes’ fun run for those who registered by today. Late registration fees increase by $20.

The fun run fees, however, will not increase.

For more race information and to register, go to: www.


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