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One of the country’s most acclaimed volleyball camps is coming to Payson with a goal of providing an elite training experience for all 7th-12th-grade girls who participate.

Known as the All-American Skills Camp, it will be held 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 28-30 in Wilson Dome. The camp fee is $60.

Camp instructors, which include several former collegiate and international stars, will hook up with Lady Longhorn coach Arnold Stonebrink to host sessions designed to fit the PHS program needs.

Basic fundamentals, a faster offense and team defense will be offered.

All-American lauds its coaches as role models who will give the campers a unique opportunity to interact with athletes who were once collegiate players, all-Americans, all-conference selections and many professionals who now play overseas.

One of the camp coaches, Stonebrink said, “played college volleyball and went on to coach in a professional league in Finland.”

Registration forms are available in the PHS administrative office.

The schedule

The All-American Camp is part of an ambitious off-season program Stonebrink has designed.

The purpose of the arduous summer training schedule, he says, is because he’d like to continue to build the program from the ground up, involving aspiring players of all ages.

His program kicked off in April and May with a middle school volleyball camp that recently wrapped up.

Also, each Tuesday and Thursday in June and continuing until July 8, the coach hosts open gym sessions in Wilson Dome.

All aspiring volleyball players are welcome, free of charge.

On June 25 and 26, varsity and jayvee players travel to Lakeside to participate in the Blue Ridge Summer Volleyball Tournament, along with several other prep teams from around the state.

A junior volleyball camp for players entering 5th through 9th grades is set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. July 1 and 2 in old PHS gym and Wilson Dome.

On July 19 and 20, select players will travel to the Valley area for the demanding Excel Team Camp.

Payson hosts its annual summer volleyball tournament July 24, and Stonebrink is expecting up to 30 teams to enter.

Next up, on July 28 to 30, a pre-tryout camp will be held for all PHS players.

The annual alumni game and benefit steak dinner is set for July 31.

Actual tryouts for next year’s freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams will be Aug. 2 and 3 in Wilson Dome.

The Payson Invitational will be played Sept. 3 and 4.

For more information, call Stonebrink at (928) 468-6903.

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