Barbecue Before Homecoming Game Friday


The Payson High School CTE (Career/Technical Education) program is hosting a benefit barbecue dinner 5 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 in the PHS parking lot just north of the football field.

The dinner will immediately precede the homecoming football game pitting the Longhorns against Scottsdale Coronado. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Tickets are $6 per person and may be purchased at the high school attendance office, from CTE students or at the gate.

The menu will include barbecued chicken, salad, baked beans, dessert and drinks.

All profits will benefit PHS CTE students in need of financial assistance.

Since the evening will be highlighted by scrumptious food, old-fashioned hometown camaraderie and hard-nosed football, it’s in everyone’s best interest to attend and be a part of a truly festive event.

Other Homecoming Week sports

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 16, the girls soccer team hosts Snowflake in games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; the boys soccer team plays at Snowflake at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.; the volleyball team is at Fountain Hills, with matches at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, the freshman football team hosts Coronado at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18, the girls soccer team is at Arizona College Prep, playing at 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 20, the volleyball team hosts Mingus; the cross country team is at Fountain Hills, the event starts at 8:30 a.m.

More hoops

With the highly successful Longhorn Basketball Academy, held Oct. 8 to 11 in Wilson Dome, now in the rearview mirror, the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is turning its attention to Start Smart Basketball, Biddy Basketball and Youth Basketball programs.

Start Smart is designed for children age 3 to Kindergarten and will be held Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17 in Julia Randall Elementary School gymnasium.

The program teaches the basic motor skills needed to play basketball including dribbling, ball handing, passing, catching and shooting.

Biddy Basketball is designed for students in first and second grades and will be held the same Saturdays as Start Smart, also in JRE gym.

Biddy Basketball reinforces basic motor skills and fundamentals necessary to play organized basketball.

Parents are required to attend and participate in both Start Smart and Biddy Basketball.

Registration for both Start Smart and Biddy Basketball closes Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Youth basketball is held over the course of three seasons for a trio of grade levels.

The 7th- and 8th-grade league will play games Oct. 26 to Dec. 8 in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. Registration for this program closes Wednesday, Oct. 17.

The 5th- and 6th-grade league will be Dec. 8 to Jan. 26, also at RCMS; registration is from Oct. 24 through Nov. 19. The 3rd- and 4th-grade league will be conducted Feb. 2 to March 11 in JRE gym; registration is from Dec. 27 through Jan. 11.

Players in all three leagues will receive a team T-shirt.

The fee for all the basketball programs from Start Smart to the 7th- and 8th-grade league is $30.

Many of current and former PHS basketball standouts began their careers playing in the town programs.

For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 or log on to

Adult sports

The Payson Parks department will also have competitive and recreational Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Leagues if enough teams register. Registration closes Wednesday, Oct. 31.

There needs to be six teams in each league for the program to move forward.

Games are played at the Rim Country Middle School gym on weeknights starting Nov. 5.

The cost is $200 per team and will include an end-of-season tournament and awards. Players must be 18 or older to participate.

Stop by the parks office in Green Valley Park to register. For more information, call (928) 474-5242, extension 358.


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