Payson High School and Wilson Dome is a beehive of activity this week with 79 athletes and a bevy of coaches on hand for the Second Annual High Altitude Intensive Wrestling Camp.
The camp kicked off June 4 and will wrap up June 10. The staff includes new PHS wrestling coach Casey Woodall, outgoing PHS coach Travis Koppenhafer and Longhorn assistant coach Joseph Harris.
During the camp, the athletes reside at the school, take their meals in the school cafeteria and train in Wilson Dome and in outdoor activities such as the run out of Fossil Creek as campers did last year.
The new PHS coach is a native of Morenci and was a two-time state wrestling champion at the town’s high school. After graduating from Morenci, he went to Adams State College in Colorado and was a two-time 197-pound All-American.
For the past four years, he has been the head wrestling coach at Benson High School guiding the team to several top-five state finishes. Woodall also served as the defensive coordinator for the Benson football team
Pikes say thank you
A trio of local businesses pitched in with monetary donations to help the Payson Pikes swim team members in their efforts to raise much-needed funds for the summer season. The contributors include Payson Concrete, Dr. Troy Ford and Pioneer Title. Swim team members and coaches say they very much appreciate the generosity of those who contributed.
Jack Morris Memorial Golf is on Saturday, June 12
The scramble tournament, which is open to all amateur golfers, 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.
“We need as many players as possible because the money is for the kids,” tournament director Gary Cordell said.
Proceeds benefit the Payson High School football team and fund a college scholarship in Morris’ name.
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. For more information about the tournament, call Cordell at (928) 474-4401 or (928) 970-1584.
Learn hoops the Lady Horn way
Lady Longhorn coach Kelly Krieg and several of her varsity players are eager to share their court expertise with up and coming young players June 11 and 12 at the inaugural Lady Horn Basketball Camp for players entering the third- through eighth-grades.
Two-a-day sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. in Wilson Dome. During the two days Krieg will teach basic skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and moving without the ball.
Registration is $30; sign up at: www.paysonrimcountry.com/activities or by calling (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
Coach ’em up
Coach Arnold Stonebrink and his staff will host a junior volleyball camp July 1 and 2 in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium. Sessions will be held each day from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The camp is open to all student-athletes entering fifth- to ninth-grade next school year. The fee is $30 per player.
The camp is co-sponsored by the town. For more information, call Joseph Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.