Ellison, Young To Take Over Coaching Duties

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Graham Ellison will become Payson’s High School next football coach and Brian Young was named the baseball coach during a June 9 PUSD school board retreat.

Ellison replaces Byron Quinlan and Young takes over for Scott Novack.

Both Quinlan and Novack resigned weeks ago.

However, a time line has not been set for naming the school’s next athletic director/dean — a position that was just last week approved by the board.

First-year PHS principal Anna Van Zile says there has been no shortage of interest in the job, “At this point there has been almost a dozen people express an interest in the position, with a pretty even number of in-district and out-of-district applicants.”

Interviews of candidates for the new position began at 8 a.m. yesterday, Monday, June 11, in front of a specially selected committee.

RCMS camp wraps up

Former Lady Longhorns head basketball coach Grant Coley, now a coach at Rim Country Middle School, is calling his recent girls hoop camp “a great success with 25 young ladies participating.”

On hand to assist Coley during the three days of camp were high school players Chioya Hill, Molly Davis and Liz Harpe.

Also Kennedy Cole of Sandra Day O’Conner High School in the Valley assisted.

PHS girls coach Jennifer White also assisted.

In a camp-ending awards ceremony, Savannah White was named top camper among the older girls and Taylor Coley took home honors among the younger set.

Grant Coley thanked Scoops Ice Cream, Del Taco, Pizza Factory and Little Caesars for donating prizes and awards.

Elks next up

With the Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament and the Payson Area Habitat for Community benefit in the record books, it’s time for golfers to begin planning for the next festive links shoot-out — the 2012 Clothe-A-Child benefit set for July 21 at Payson Golf Course.

Check-in is at 7 a.m. when coffee and doughnuts will be served. At 8 a.m. the fray gets off to a shotgun start.

The format is four-man teams of best-ball play and golfers who do not have a team will be assigned one.

The fee is $80 per golfer ($55 for PGC members), which includes 18 holes of play with a cart, lunch, raffle prizes and awards for closest to the pin and straightest drive.

The evening of the local tournament, July 21, a dinner, cocktail hour, silent auction, music and dancing will be held at the Payson Elks Lodge. The no-host cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., the dinner at 6 p.m., with music by Junction 87 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The day before the tournament, July 20, the Elks Lodge lounge will open at noon. Live music and a silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For those who don’t golf, there will also be plenty of activities going on at the lodge including Bingo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-golfers can also purchase lunch ($5) and dinner tickets ($15), which will be available at the lodge.

That’s because all the proceeds from the series of tournaments around the state, including the one held each summer at Payson Golf Course, are used to purchase much-needed clothing for disadvantaged school children.

“This is a statewide program, some of our clubs do it (donate clothes) at Christmas and some before the first day of school,” said tournament chairman Becky Waer. “We do it through the schools, so it is kind of a confidential thing.”

Each year, the Elks’ Clothe-a-Child program purchases $100,000-plus worth of new clothing that is doled out to more than 1,000 Arizona children in need.

The numbers could be even greater this year given the state of the economy.

The money clothes local children who might not have felt the pride of slipping on new clothes for the first day of school or the holidays if it were not for the program.

In Payson alone, more than $7,000 was raised during last year’s tournament and the accompanying benefit Bingo game and raffles.

Entry forms are available at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway.

For details, call Waer at (928) 476-3678, or the lodge at (928) 474-2572.

Questions may also be e-mailed to Waer at beckwaer@gmail.com.

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