Aspiring Track Members Asked To Workouts

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PHS cross country coach Jonathan Ball is inviting all prospective runners to participate in off-season workouts at 8 a.m. weekdays.

Runners should meet on the PHS track to begin the workouts, which include running and strength training.

The workouts are not mandatory, but Ball is strongly urging all student athletes who wish to be a member of either the girls or boys team next season to take advantage of them.

Ball also reminds all prospective team members to have their physical exams completed and on file in the PHS administrative office before the start of practices on Aug. 9.

Meet tomorrow

The Payson Pikes swim team will host a dual meet tomorrow, July 17, against Cottonwood at Taylor Pool. Warm-ups begin at 9 a.m. and the competition one-half hour later. It will be the Pikes’ final home meet of the season. The summer campaign wraps up one week later at the Arizona Parks and Recreation State Meet to be held at Kino Pool in Mesa.

Coach sets preseason soccer

Newly hired Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox, herself once a PHS soccer star, is hosting off-season workouts at 8 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Rumsey Park. To participate, simply show up dressed out and ready to play.

Top 50 features small town players

The Arizona Republic has published its list of Arizona’s top 50 senior football players for 2010.

Although no Payson athletes were named, several small school players were chosen including Round Valley’s Chantz Davis, a 6-foot-3-inch, 190-pound, strong-armed quarterback and Winslow’s Kraig Shirley.

Last fall in Round Valley’s 34-6 win over PHS, Davis was red hot, completing 22 of 32 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

Shirley, a 5-foot-8-inch, 175-pound quarterback, was tapped as an “athlete” meaning he can play several positions.

In Payson’s state championship season two years ago, former coach Josh Anderson praised Shirley, then a sophomore, for this athleticism and toughness.

Defensive lineman Aulelio Olomua of Class 2A Red Mesa, a reservation school, was also chosen.

Olomua however, might not remain at the school. His father, the former coach at Red Mesa, has apparently resigned his coaching position and will move to Mesa taking his heralded son with him.

The young Olomua is said to have been offered a scholarship to BYU where is older brother, Bristol, once played.

There has been no word on which Valley-area high school Aulelio will play, but you can bet there are plenty of coaches itching for his services.

Also on the top 50 was Scottsdale Christian’s Luke Siwek, a 6-foot-1-inch, 290-pound defensive lineman.

While some might not consider Notre Dame a “small school” because it is aligned it the 4A conference, it actually has only 945 students, making it just a bit larger than Payson. Notre Dame’s Peter Igra, a 6-foot-4-inch, 245-pound defensive lineman was chosen.

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