Newly appointed Payson High School football coach Byron Quinlan was all smiles during summer workouts this past week.
His elation is because about 40 aspiring players turned out for the workouts which will be held 6 to 8 p.m. weekdays throughout the summer.
Although the turnout is quite good, Quinlan said he expects even more prospects to join the workouts that include weight training, stretching, conditioning and passing league sessions.
The summer squad will travel June 9 to Camp Verde for the summer’s first 7-on-7 passing league tournament.
Quinlan is urging all prospective players to turn out, saying participation is not mandatory, but should be a summer priority.
TRSC to host open house
Longtime Tonto Rim Sports Club member Charlie Thompson is among those touting tomorrow’s — June 5 — Open House and Outdoor Expo at the Jim Jones Shooting Range, an exciting and rewarding event for the entire family.
Based on the results and feedback from past expos and open houses, Thompson is as on target with his prognostication as he is with his .38 revolver.
Each of the past events have drawn good-sized crowds who hoot and holler at every demonstration, especially those put on by Payson Police, cowboy shooters and black powder, small bore and large bore silhouette target sharpshooters. A number of the Rim Country’s archery experts also thrill visitors with their skills and expertise.
Expo organizers also provide visitors with the opportunity to try their shooting skills with a variety of firearms and bows.
A member of the TRSC club will be on hand to answer questions about club membership, shooting range activities and sign up those interested in joining.
Several exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate their archery and hunting products.
Susie Q BBQ will be on site to sell snacks, drinks and food.
Admission to the open house-expo, which will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free.
TRSC has managed the Jim Jones Shooting Range for the past 20-plus years under an agreement permitted by U.S. Forest Service lands.
Thompson estimates over 10,000 sportsmen use the range each year.
Law enforcement officers, including those representing Payson PD, Gila County Sheriff’s Office, DPS, Forest Service and Arizona Game and Fish, also use the range, as do Boy Scouts.
For more information about TRSC, call Thompson at (928) 468-1521.
To reach the Jim Jones Shooting Range, drive 2.2 miles south of Payson on Beeline Highway. There, turn left onto a gravel road and go 1.5 miles to the entrance.
Signs will mark the route.
Morris fray remains open
It’s not too late to sign up for the Jack Morris Memorial Tournament which is open to all amateur golfers. It tees off at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12 with a shotgun start at Payson Golf Course.
The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.
Proceeds benefit the Payson High School football team and fund a college scholarship in Morris’ name.
Prizes will include closest-to-the-pin awards on two, par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a pre-selected hole.
The tournament golf committee is currently accepting other raffle prizes and hole sponsors. All donations are tax-deductible and a tax ID number is available.
Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway, or Payson Golf Course.
The deadline is June 10 or after 110 golfers register.