Members of the Mogollon Sporting Association Ted Pettet Scholarship Committee have narrowed down the candidates to four finalists.
Pettet, who serves on the committee, says the four are all quality student athletes and it will be a tough decision tapping the two final award winners who will receive $2,000 each.
The winners will be announced at a barbecue dinner to be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 25 at Rumsey Park.
The first MSA scholarships were given out last year. Student athletes Cydney Figueroa and Dakoda Wholly were awarded the grants.
Wholly and Ridge Halenar actually tied for the boy’s scholarship, but Halenar turned his portion over to his classmate because he had received a $205,000 ROTC scholarship to the University of North Dakota.
To be eligible for the two scholarships, applicants must be graduating seniors who have lettered in two varsity sports or one varsity sport and band.
“We know how important it is for students to do things successfully outside the classroom,” Pettet said. “So we wanted to honor that.”
Also, applicants will be judged on financial need.
The founding of the scholarships was announced last winter during a PHS basketball game.
MSA member Gary Barcom, an MSA co-founder along with Pettet, said the scholarships were named in Pettet’s honor because of his many contributions to the town and school district.
Pettet was Payson’s first mayor, once coached basketball and baseball, founded the track and field team and taught at the school for 22 years. He was also a Payson High School athletic director, a Little League coach and served on Gila Community College’s board of directors.
“It is an honor to be recognized and a privilege to have lived in Payson for the last 50 years,” Pettet said.
He also describes himself as a “modern-day pioneer who didn’t arrive in a covered wagon but rather a ’55 Chevy pickup.”
The MSA funds the scholarships through its benefits and fund-raising events, including the annual banquet, auction and raffle held each spring.
Calling all campers
The chance to learn basketball from Lady Longhorn coach Kelly Krieg and some of her varsity players will occur 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 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. in Wilson Dome.
Krieg is hoping to attract 30 to 40 day campers, but says, “We would love to have as many as we can get.”
During the two days, Krieg and her fellow coaches, which could include some varsity athletes, will teach basic skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and moving without the ball. Of course anyone who watched Krieg coach last season knows she will undoubtedly include sportsmanship and character building in the camp curriculum.
There will also be some fun games and scrimmages.
The registration fee is $30 and sign-up can be completed at: www.paysonrimcountry.com/activities or by calling (928) 474-5242, ext. 7. The deadline for registration is May 27.
(See more about the summer sports programs in a story on Page 3B).