High School Sports Roll Into Action Tonight

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Payson High School sports fans and boosters now have a golden opportunity to catch the football and volleyball teams in preseason action.

Coach Arnold Stonebrink’s volleyball team debuts at 4:30 p.m. today, Aug. 20, in Wilson Dome against Florence. The scrimmage was originally to be played Thursday, Aug. 19, but was changed at the request of Florence school officials. The football team kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on PHS field against Camp Verde. There is no admission charge to either event.

Community Chest tourney at Chaparral Pines

Time is growing short to register for the annual Community Chest Golf tournament that players are calling a screaming deal because last year’s entry fee of $250 has been reduced to $125.

Rim Club and Chaparral Pines members may enter for $95.

The fee includes golf, reception and prizes.

The tournament is on the calendar for Sunday, Aug. 29 at Chaparral Pines.

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament gets off to a shotgun start one hour later. The format is two-person scramble.

A dinner reception begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Chaparral Pines clubhouse. Each player may bring a guest to the reception for $25.

For those who’ve never had the opportunity to play the beautiful course, designed by Gary Panks, the Community Chest tourney is a great way to enjoy the course for the first time.

The 18-hole course features 7,019 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.2 and it has a slope rating of 138.

Last year, the benefactors of proceeds from the charity tournament, which was cancelled due to lack of entrants, were to be Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation and Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge.

This year, the benefactors are the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, Kiwanis and, once again, Friends of Payson Parks and Recreation.

When registering, entrants should contact their charity of choice directly. The deadline is today, Friday, Aug. 20.

• To play for Friends of Parks and Recreation, contact Brad Wright at (928) 468-4350 or visit National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway. Signups may also be completed online at www.friendsofpayson.org.

• To play for the Kiwanis Club, call Brian Tollefson at (928) 474-2588 or visit Kevin Dick Investments at 715 Beeline Highway, Suite A. Tollefson may be e-mailed at brian@kevindickimg.com.

• To play for the Gracie Lee Haught fund, contact Louise Echols at (928) 472-2588 or visit the GLH office at 308 E. Aero. The e-mail is: glh@qwestoffice.net.

Gridiron calling

The Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department will host the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Rumsey Park north multipurpose field. The event is free.

The competition allows boys and girls, ages 6 to 15 years, to show their football skills in punting, passing and placekicking. Scores are based on distance and accuracy.

Entrants may register onsite the day of the competition or online at www.paysonparks.com. Finalists in both boys and girls divisions will advance to regional competitions and regional winners may advance to the state championship to be held during an Arizona Cardinals football game.

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