Large Group Of Teens Making Bid For Spot On Football Roster

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That ear-to-ear grin on PHS first-year football coach Byron Quinlan is because he’s elated with the nice-sized group, sometimes as many as 50, that is turning out for some condition drills and weight training.

Quinlan is among those coaches who agree with the old coaching adage that “state championships are won in the off-season, not in the fall.”

Weight training sessions are open to all PHS students and are held 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the school’s weight room. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, speed and agility work is held on the football field.

That time is also used for 7-on-7 or passing league practice.

The summer team has competed in a few summer passing games and has more remaining on the calendar.

Quinlan is urging all prospective players to turn out for the weekday sessions.

What’s “double mugging?”

While penning a story on Junior Rodeo results, I came across an event called “Double Mugging.”

I’ve written many, many rodeo stories, but that was the first time I’d ever heard of double mugging.

So I called some friends who are knowledgeable about the sport, but it took three tries before I found someone familiar with double mugging.

I learned it’s a part of ranch rodeo that is like the calf branding event, except it uses a larger, weaned yearling.

Two riders must “cut” or drive out a designated animal from the herd across the chalk line before they rope it.

The remaining team members try to “mug the animal” or lay it on its side and tie three feet together. The animal must stay tied for six seconds.

Student soccer players invited to open field sessions

Second-year Longhorn soccer coach Chris Avakian is hosting “open field” sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Rumsey Park.

All high school players are invited to attend free of charge.

The coach says during the sessions, players “do a little bit of everything” including ball handling, 1-on-1 drills and scrimmage.

Avakian is urging all prospective players to attend the sessions to better prepare for the upcoming fall season.

Italy waits

Former Lady Longhorn softball star Mary Hagen has been invited to travel Aug. 1 to Italy where she will be a member of the American Prospects team that will compete in international tournaments.

But to make the trip, Hagen must raise $3,800 to pay expenses. So far, she has raised $2,000 and is scrambling for the remainder before the July 1 deadline.

Those who would like to help Mary make the trip can contribute donations at Payson Compass Bank or by calling her at (928) 951-4835. Donation forms are also available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

Hike this weekend

Join a free group hike this Saturday. A Payson Area Trails System hike on Peach Loop Trail is planned for Saturday, June 26.

The hike will start at 8 a.m., so get to the Peach Orchard Trailhead early to register.

The trailhead is 1.7 miles west of the Beeline, take West Main to Country Club Drive (it is essentially the same road). Park opposite the Payson Country Club.

The hike is a 3-mile loop of moderate to difficult terrain.

Be sure to bring water.

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