Payson High Celebrating Homecoming This Week

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Homecoming week tipped off yesterday, Sept. 26, at Payson High School with a “Nerd Day” spirit opening. Today is “SuperStar/Hero Day” and tomorrow, Wednesday is “Career Day.” Thursday is “Color Day” and Friday is “Black Out” with students being asked to dress in all-black clothing.

On color day, freshmen are to dress in pink, sophomores in green, juniors blue and seniors red. Teachers are to wear purple and gold.

On Thursday there will be a pep assembly from 2:14 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. in the auditorium and a parade on Main Street will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

Of course, during the entire week there will be the usual royalty elections and celebrations and the building of parade floats.

Payson’s homecoming game vs. Sedona kicks off at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23. Halftime will be extended from 15 to 20 minutes to allow for the crowning of the royalty.

No word as of yet on a homecoming dance or the traditional bon fire.

Remembering Mike Barr

The Mike Barr Memorial benefit tournament will be played this weekend, Oct. 1 and 2, at Rumsey Park, and is open to all co-ed softball teams. Each team receives a three-game guarantee.

The entry fee for ASA-registered teams is $275 and for non-registered teams it is $300.

Players must be 16 years or older.

Friday, Sept. 30, a home run derby will precede the actual tournament. Barr, once one of Payson High’s finest athletes, was a frequent competitor in the derbies and due to his 6-foot, 6-inch and 260-pound frame, could smack tape-measure home runs with a single swing of the bat.

The entry fee for the derby is $50 and organizers are expecting most entrants to be former friends and teammates of Barr.

This weekend’s tournament has attracted 12 slow-pitch teams, about six from Payson.

Although last year’s inaugural tournament was hastily put together in about three weeks, it drew 12 teams representing the communities of Snowflake, Round Valley, Phoenix and Payson.

When the dust settled, it was a local team, “Raising the Bar” that took top honors. James Melodi and Justin Deaton as well as former PHS football and baseball star Chad Martin were team members.

In the home run derby women’s division last year, ex-Lady Horn softball star Molly Hunt slugged her way to the title.

In the men’s division, Snowflake hitters dominated with Cory Austin and Jace Earhart finished first and second respectively.

The tournament and derby raised more than $2,000 and organizers, including Pettet, are expecting an even greater profit margin this year.

For more information about the derby or tournament, call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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