Lady Horns On Hot Streak With Tough Schedule

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The Lady Longhorn volleyball team highlighted last week’s play with a spectacular trio of wins over Camp Verde, Fountain Hills and Saguaro.

Most testing about the matches was they were played on three consecutive nights — which is almost unheard of in high school volleyball.

But as demanding as the stretch of games was on the young players, the gutsy Lady Horns swept all three opponents by 3-0 shutout scores.

With the wins, the Lady Horns now sport a 6-0 regular season record and appear well on their way to one of the finest seasons in coach Arnold Stonebrink’s tenure.

While the Lady Horns should be resting up and celebrating their achievements, they are in truth hard at work preparing for another challenging portion of their schedule that includes matches today, Tuesday at Mogollon, then tomorrow, Wednesday, at Snowflake and on Thursday at Scottsdale Coronado.

If that wasn’t enough, the team travels Friday and Saturday to Snowflake to compete in the Lobo Invitational.

The schedule-making gods certainly weren’t smiling down on Payson when the current schedule was inked.

In it, the Lady Horns will play the host Lobos a team they narrowly beat, 3-2, on Aug. 28 in Wilson Dome.

See the Sept. 21 edition of the Payson Roundup for complete coverage of all the matches.

Duran benefit

Eddie Duran’s friends, including many with whom he coached Payson Little League teams, are committed to making an upcoming benefit an overwhelming success.

The money earned will be used to defray medical costs of treating a stroke Eddie suffered about a week ago.

A press time, Eddie remained hospitalized, but friends said his condition is improving and he is undergoing rehab. Organizers have settled on a benefit barbecue, camp-style dinner prepared by Clayton Randall. The menu includes beef, cowboy beans and all the fixings.

Because Randall is considered one of the finest camp cooks in the Rim Country, the meal is virtually guaranteed to be scrumptious.

The dinner will be served for donations.

The benefit is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Payson Concrete.

Benefit organizers have also scheduled several raffles including one that has as a prize a full Angus beef, cut, prepared and freezer-ready.

Friends of Eddie’s have also donated seven rifles, which will be raffled.

Tickets for the beef and rifles will be sold for $20 each or six for $100.

Also, an envelope donation containing $1,000 in cash, will be raffled. Tickets are $50 each.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at Bud’s Plumbing, Payson Concrete, NAPA Auto and Semstream.

Eddie and his wife, Ellen, have three sons.

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