Girls Hoops Camp Tips Off Wednesday

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Former Lady Longhorn coach Grant Coley’s basketball camp, which begins tomorrow June 15, will last three days rather than two, as was mistakenly reported last week.

Camp hours are 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 15, Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17. The camp is open to girls entering grades five to nine next school year.

The fee is $25 for all three days or $10 for one day.

To participate, fledgling players should simply show up at old Payson High School gym on the first day of camp and be “dressed out” and ready to practice.

Coley says, “The whole gamut of skills will be taught, including shooting mechanics, rebounding, dribbling, passing and defense.”

In teaching those individual and team skills, Coley and PHS coach Kelly Krieg will use a series of time-tested drills that are simple, fun and effective.

Coley says he enjoys coaching at the camp because “he wants to keep his hand” in the sport, but the real reason for the sessions are to help prepare the girls for play, whether it be in parks and recreation leagues, at Rim Country Middle School or Payson High School.

In addition to hosting the camp, Cooley holds an “open gym” for girls in fifth through ninth grades from 9 a.m. to noon each Wednesday at Rim Country Middle School.

During those hours, players can practice their skills, play pick-up games and receive advice and help from Coley.

For more information, call Coley at (928) 978-4116 or (928) 478-4081.

Mount Cross benefit Friday

Don’t forget to mark Friday, June 24 on your calendar — it’s the date the Mount Cross Lutheran Church benefit golf tournament will be played. To be contested in a four-person best ball format, the fray tees off at 1 p.m. at The Rim Club golf course, located just east of Payson.

A registration period will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

The fee is $100 for members of The Rim Club, Chaparral Pines or Payson Golf Course and $125 for non-members.

The fee includes 18 holes of play, lunch and a barbecue dinner at the conclusion of the tournament.

The tournament also features a unique “non-golfers” option in which spouses and guests receive lunch, compete in a putting contest called “hit and giggle” and enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by the barbecue dinner.

The fee is $40 and non-golfers who should plan on arriving at The Rim Club at 2:30 p.m.

Following the tournament, an array of prizes will be given out, including a Phil Mickelson golf bag, which organizer Ed Blair calls “our best prize.”

Also, there will be raffles and various tournament contests including one called “Beat the Kid,” Blair said.

In it, tournament golfers — on a preselected hole — will try to out-hit Payson High School golf team member Tyler Apps.

Blair is calling the tournament “a day of golf fellowship and fun (to) help Mount Cross realize their vision for a new and larger worship facility.”

To register for the tournament, e-mail name, address and phone number to golf@mountcross.org.

Registration forms are also available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

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