No Buses Mean No Tournament For Boys Soccer

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The Payson Invitational Boys Soccer Tournament that was to be played Sept. 24 and 25 at Rumsey Park was canceled, as those who showed up to watch it quickly found out.

Payson school officials called off the tournament, almost at the last hour, when two of the teams that were to compete — Verde Valley and St. Michael — called to say they were dropping out because they couldn’t schedule buses to make the trips.

With only two teams — Payson and Round Valley — from the original four remaining, officials canceled the tournament.

Which means the Longhorns, winners of the Show Low Invitational on Sept. 17 and 18, won’t have another tournament until the playoffs begin Oct. 29 and continue until the state championship on Nov. 6.

Power points a puzzle

Former Scottsdale Coronado boys basketball coach Herb Sherman, now a Payson resident and accomplished golfer, is among the throngs of active and former coaches who can’t fathom the Arizona Interscholastic Association power points rankings.

His solution is for officials to use the ages-old coaching method of KISS, which is also known as Keep It Simple Stupid.

Whatever is going on with power points, they are treating the Payson High football and volleyball teams very well at this point in the season.

Both teams are sitting a lofty second among the 28 schools aligned in the 3A conference.

The football team’s 20.5103 power points are second only to Tucson Empire’s 20.6046.

The Lady Horns have amassed 42.6715 points and are second to a Tuba City team that leads with 45.2897.

In football, PHS is second with its 4-1 record, but teams from Show Low and Blue Ridge trail even though they are unbeaten.

The Longhorns are able to cling to the higher slot because they have played one more game than either the Cougars or Yellow Jackets.

The Lady Horns (9-1) are also once beaten, but currently have a higher seed than unbeaten Window Rock (8-0), also due to the difference in games played.

Monument Valley (7-0) and Florence (8-0) are unbeaten, but sit eighth and 10th respectively in the point standings.

With the standings in flux, all that coaches, players and fans can do is wait until the final power points have been recorded and hope the disparity evens out.

Boom on the peak

The Thunder Mountain Ride, scheduled for Oct. 8 to 10 at Green Valley Park, will be highlighted by live entertainment, fireworks shows, “Ride in the Pines” day runs, local and national vendors, stunt shows, food and beverage concessions, wild and fun contests and an array of prizes that include 11 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, two Yamaha motorcycles and $5,000 in cash prizes.

There will also be two special raffles, to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10 at GVP for a 2010 Yamaha TR50 and a 2010 Polaris 500 ATV.

The event is expected to draw thousands to Payson.

Basic entry fee into the ride is $60, which includes drawing tickets for five of the motorcycles to be given away.

The all-inclusive entry fee is $120 and includes tickets for all 13 motorcycles and a souvenir T-shirt.

The rally will be the first of its type to be held in the Rim Country where horseback and quad riding on backcountry trails has long been a popular recreational attraction.

The rally is being co-sponsored by town tourism department along with with Fargo’s Steakhouse, Mazatzal Casino, Majestic Mountain Inn, Arizona Public Service, Crabdree Insurance, Mogollon Health Alliance and others.

All proceeds from the ride benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, American Legion and Mogollon Health Alliance.

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Outdoors skills begins today

Arizona Game and Fish officer Henry Apfel, Arizona Deer Association officer Scott Streich and members of the Mogollon Sporting Association are teaming up to host the inaugural “Spend a Weekend Learning Outdoor Skills” camp to be held today Oct. 1 to Oct. 3 at Indian Gardens off Highway 260, east of Payson.

Streich says he, Apfel and members of the ADA and MSA will be on hand to teach “the inexperienced how to get the most out of their time in Arizona’s beautiful wild lands.”

During the course of the weekend, campers will be given opportunities to learn how to fish for trout in Rim Country lakes, participate in wildlife and nature hikes, set up a safe camp and hunt for squirrels.

Those campers who are successful in the hunt will be taught how to care for a bagged animal in the field.

The setting up camp session will include what food to bring along, how to store it and how to keep unwanted wildlife out of the camp.

On hikes, biologists will teach lessons on plants and animals in the area and help campers look for birds and other wildlife.

Apfel says that fall is a “great time to be outdoors — It is one of my favorite times of the year, the elk are bugling, the fall colors are starting to show and the mornings are crisp and cool.”

Apfel contends that the more people learn about the outdoors, they’ll be more “comfortable in the woods and spend more time enjoying them.”

During the weekend, food will be provided and cooking done by Streich who is an accomplished outdoor chef.

Participants must bring their own camping gear and hunting or fishing license if they intend on participating in those two activities. Campers should also bring plenty of water and binoculars if they own a pair.

For more information, call Streich at (602) 369-0713 or Apfel at (928) 476-6426.

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