Much-Honored Coach To Offer Basketball Camp

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Aspiring basketball players have the opportunity June 11 to June 14 to improve their game and the tutelage of Longhorn head coach Joe Sanchez and retired Paradise Valley High School coach Bill Farrell. Members of the PHS varsity team will assist Sanchez and Farrell. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades three through nine. The camp will be held 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Wilson Dome. The fee is $40 per camper.

Farrell has hosted similar camps in the past including a Spring Break Camp held in March.

Farrell is one of the most recognized and respected names in prep basketball circles, having reaped about every coaching honor possible.

He was the state’s boys basketball coach of the year in 1995 and 1997 and has won numerous regional coach of the year honors.

At Paradise Valley High School, Farrell’s teams won two titles in three seasons in 4A, taking the 1995 and 1997 championships. The 1997 team finished 29-2 while the 1995 team went 29-4 and edged Cottonwood Mingus, 54-52, in the finale.

During his prep career, he coached three high school All-Americans and a state player of the year.

On Dec. 2, 2005, the Paradise Valley High School gymnasium was renamed in honor of Farrell.

In addition to Farrell and Sanchez stressing fundamentals and character development at the camp, the two put the campers through daily drills designed to teach ball handling, defensive slides, shooting, pivots, jump stops, moving without the ball and rebounding.

The curriculum will also likely include the mental aspects of the game including attitudes — or “The Right Stuff” — which make the good player great and help the role players who come off the bench to become tremendous assets to their team.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 to register or go online to paysonrim country.com.

Car wash for kids

Area churches are a hosting benefit car wash to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, June 2, in front of Bashas’. All money earned will go to help local 4th- to 6th-graders attend the inaugural Rim Country Camp June 18-22 at the Tonto Rim Christian Camp.

“The cost is $100 for a whole week of camp that will include field games, canoeing, mountain scooters fellowship, local area speakers and daily chapel,” said Mountain Bible Children’s Ministry Director Felicia Moore. “We would like to see all Payson fourth- through sixth-graders come.” 

At tomorrow’s benefit, cars will be washed and cleaned for a donation.

For more information about the camp, call Char Bradford at (928) 951-3833.

Girls hoop camp

Former Lady Longhorn basketball coach Grant Coley is hosting the Third Annual Rim Country Middle School Girls Basketball Camp from 9 a.m. to noon, June 6 to 8 in Wilson Dome.

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

Three-day campers will receive T-shirts. There will also be prizes and a pizza party.

Payson High and Sandra Day O’Connor varsity players will assist Coley at the camp.

Coley promises the camp will stress fundamentals of the sport.

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

Summer wrestling

PHS wrestling coach Casey Woodall is currently hosting the Payson Junior Wrestling Club for aspiring grapplers 4 to 12 years of age. Sessions are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in Wilson Dome.

Currently about 30 youth are taking advantage of the program.

In addition to the youths attending practice sessions, some have competed in USA Wrestling tournaments in Camp Verde, Show Low and Holbrook.

The club sessions are free of charge and both Woodall and assistant coach Rocky Beery are on site to offer supervision and instruction.

The only thing interested youths need to do to participate is show up in Wilson Dome.

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