Outdoorsman’S Yard Sale Has Bright Future


There are those around the Rim Country, including former Payson Roundup outdoors columnist Dennis Pirch, who insist the inaugural Let’s Talk Fishin’ Outdoorsman’s Yard Sale to be held 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Senior Center on Main Street, will grow to become a huge attraction.

Pirch knows well because as the former owner of The Tackle Box in Tonto Basin he founded highly successful outdoor expos that attracted anglers, hunters, campers, climbers and hikers from around Arizona, including overflow throngs from the Valley.

By promoting the expos year-round and bringing in some of the state’s best outdoorsmen and women for seminars, the expos quickly became the rage of the outdoor set.

The expos also provided a framework for men and women to buy, sell and trade outdoor gear such as fishing poles, camping gear, bows, optics, clothing and backpacking equipment.

Almost as importantly, the expos were a chance for hunters, fishermen and others to gather to exchange tips, ideas, guidelines and spin yarns about their latest and greatest adventures.

Tomorrow’s Outdoorsman’s Yard Sale is the work of Tracy Purtee, who is the host of the Let’s Talk Fishin’ radio show, director of the Arizona Region Western Outdoor News bass fishing circuit, co-host of several local fishing festivals and a longtime local tournament angler.

Among the items available for purchase tomorrow will be hunting gear, guns and ammunition from Lock ’N Load, archery equipment from Chasin’ a Dream and tackle from the Let’s Talk Fishin’ radio show. Also, individual vendors will be selling and trading new and used outdoor gear.

Organizers say the event is an indoor yard sale open to all and individuals are welcome to sign up for a table free of charge.

For more information, call Purtee at (928) 978-3659.

Coach praises Lady Horn pair

Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink doesn’t lack for words when he’s praising a team member. Most recently, two of his student-athletes, Rachel Creighton and Emmee Ashby, received All-State Honorable Mention laurels and he’d like the opportunity to express his feelings about both the girls who were chosen.

Let’s read what he has to say.

“Emmee’s selection to honorable mention is especially gratifying, because she is just a sophomore.

“She worked her tail off to improve as much as she did, both in the off-season with workouts and club ball and summer ball (she was the only player that went to every single open gym), and during the season.

“She became adept at hitting all sorts of sets — 1’s (right above the net by the setter), 3’s (hitting a low arc set about 4 feet in front of setter), A’s (right above the net right behind the setter), and slides (running along the net behind setter and hitting the ball 4-5 behind the setter).

“She ended the season as our number one hitter (among regular hitters), hitting .206. She also was a terrific blocker and server.”

About Creighton, he says:

“Rachel’s selection was well-earned, but I really wish she would have made at least second team. Not making state as a team probably hurt her in that regard. Nonetheless, it culminates the career of one of the best players I’ve ever had.

“Her 7.9 assists per set were tied for fourth best in the state in the very competitive Division III. She ended her career with the most assists anyone has ever had for me.

“She also was a great defensive player, finishing third on the team in digs.

“And she was a fantastic server. But perhaps the most overlooked part of her game was hitting — she tipped, pushed, and spiked balls to the tune of .279, best on the team, and the best any setter has ever done for me.

“Extremely smart player as far as whom she set to and how she set; was great at disguising sets and tipping blockers to go the wrong way.

“She also was smart as far as when and where and how to tip/push balls.

“And she was a true leader; led through example, effort, and heart more than words.”


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