Thanks to donations from community members and a stellar fund-raising effort, 10 members of the Club Rim 16-year-old volleyball team traveled April 21 to April 24 to Dallas, Texas to play in the Lone Star Classic Club Tournament.
Coach Victoria Ibarra calls the entire trip a “wonderful experience” that gave the small-town girls the opportunity “to compete in a convention center that housed 90 volleyball courts and games simultaneously.”
Before traveling to Texas, the 16-years team, Ibarra said, finished the regular season “ranked fourth in the state, which is the highest finish in the history of the club.”
The most successful fund-raiser the team held to earn money for the trip to Texas was a car wash that earned $1,031.
The team also received contributions that upped their total traveling fund to more than $6,000.
Ibarra and the players want to issue a huge “thank you” to those who contributed both funds and services.
A pat on the back goes out to PostNet, Ed and Diane Enos; Dr. Mark Ivey; Tonto Apache Tribe; Anderson Dental Group; Lloyd & Robinson P.L.L.C.; Brinker International; and Chili’s.
On the Club Rim volleyball team were Kaylee Byers, Kyleah Morgan, Emmee Ashby, Jaden Brunson, Shealea Garza, Morgan DeFelice, Bre Chovanec, Cierra Rose and Karessa Armstrong.
The team’s performance in the regular season and in Texas comes on the heels of one of the most successful seasons for Club Rim’s five teams in five years of existence.
Last year, the club’s 16-year-old team won its division (silver) and placed fifth among the state’s 46 teams.
The 18-year-old team was first in Flight 1 Division Championships and 13th of 48 teams in Arizona. The 14-year-old Club Rim group also garnered first-place honors and was 25th overall.
The 14-year-old Club Rim Black team and the 12-year-old squad were both third.
Golf for Mount Cross
Ed Blair is urging golfers to mark Friday, June 24 on their calendars because it’s the date the Mount Cross Lutheran Church benefit golf tournament will be played.
Blair is a member of the church.
To be contested in a four-person best ball format, the fray tees off 1 p.m. at the exclusive Rim Club golf course located just east of Payson.
A registration period will be held 11 a.m. to noon.
The fee is $100 for members of 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 the non-golfers 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 Blair calls “our best prize.”
Also, there will also 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 outhit 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.
Volleyball camps set
Lady Longhorn volleyball coach Arnold Stonebrink is teaming with the parks and recreation department to host a youth skills camp June 27-28 in Wilson Dome. Also on the volleyball agenda, the coach hosts open gym in the dome 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Wednesday until July 14.
The camp, for elementary school-age students, is the one Stonebrink hosts each summer in cooperation with the parks department.
“Parents can fill out registration forms and pay at the parks and recreation department,” said Stonebrink.
The fee is $30, which includes a T-shirt.
Sessions on both days will be held 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The PHS staff and select players will conduct the camp.
The open gym sessions are for high school girls and the cost is $10 for the summer.
Registration forms can be obtained during any session.
At the camp and open gym, participants will be taught the six basic skills: serve, pass, set, attack, block and dig. Each of these skills comprises a number of specific techniques that have been introduced over the years and are now considered standard practice.
For more information on any of the camps, call Stonebrink at (928) 474-2233.