The 10-11-year-old Payson Little League Fast-Pitch All-Stars, their manager and coach say “thank you” and give a thumbs up to those who contributed about $1,500 to help pay expenses for the team’s trip to Benson where they played in the state championship tournament.
Wapiti Painting Co.
Taylor Made Homes
Payson Paint and Supply
Arizona Resource Realty
American Family Insurance
The Home Center
Mobile Auto Repair
Deb’s Dog Grooming
Kyle’s Auto and Tires
Woody’s Performance Motorsports
Kutting Edge Salon
Dr. Alfonso and Sue Munoz
Dr. Mark Solem
Volleyball in the dome
Sports fans should make a point of stopping by Wilson Dome tomorrow, July 21, to support Payson High School’s aspiring volleyball players as they participate in the Lady Longhorn summer tournament that has drawn 21 teams from around the state.
Coach Arnold Stonebrink said he would enter four PHS teams in the tournament to ensure all the prospects receive considerable playing time.
The A team is comprised of girls who will likely make the varsity squad next fall.
Florence, San Luis, Mingus, Window Rock, Tonopah, Mesquite, Apache Junction, Moon Valley, Coolidge, Sierra Linda, Show Low, Hopi and Holbrook will also send teams.
There is no admission charge and games will begin about 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day.
Alumni game tomorrow
Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox has issued an invitation for all former PHS players to turn out for the annual alumni game to be played at 9 a.m., tomorrow, Saturday, July 21 on the South Rumsey multipurpose field.
Alumni players are asked to wear dark-colored shirts and will play against a squad made up of current high school players.
Prior to the game, Wilcox and alumni will discuss the game length, which she expects to be three, 30-minute periods. That was the length chosen for last year’s game.
Regular high school rules and regulations will be used.
Following the clash, Wilcox and her father, Randy, the junior varsity coach, will host a hamburger and hot dog barbecue for both alumni and players.
It will be held in the large ramada just north of the multipurpose field.
For the upcoming game, current PHS players will not have to worry about dealing with alumna April Quinlan who in last year’s game was a one-player wrecking crew.
In the 2011 clash, with the scored dead-knotted at 2-2 and the game clock winding down to the final few seconds, April scored on a dazzling clutch goal that gave the alumni a 3-2 win over the upstart varsity team.
April and her husband, former PHS football coach Byron Quinlan, have moved to Montana and she is not expected to be available to play in the upcoming game.
Also on the soccer scene, Wilcox announced that there will not be a British American-hosted soccer camp to be held July 30 to Aug. 3 as originally considered.
Wilcox said camp plans did not materialize due to a lack of funds and conflicts over playing fields with sports programs.
Call Wilcox at (928) 474-1684 for more information.
Get physicals, now
With the onset of Payson High’s fall sports preseason practices just over the horizon, a common theme running through the pleadings of all coaches is for team hopefuls to have physical exams completed and all paperwork turned into the high school office before the onset of the first practice.
Once the office has received those, a “blue card” will be issued that will signal to coaches the student-athlete is eligible to participate.
Without blue cards, student athletes will not be allowed to practice.
Also before the first games are played in all the sports, mandatory parent meetings will be held.
Newly appointed athletic director Don Heizer says that athletes will not be allowed to play in a game, meet or match unless a parent attends the meeting.