Morris Tourney A Hit

Chris Wacker was one of the 80-plus golfers to make the Jack Morris Memorial Tournament a success. The tournament raised $8,500.

Chris Wacker was one of the 80-plus golfers to make the Jack Morris Memorial Tournament a success. The tournament raised $8,500. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Last week’s Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament earned $8,500 which will be used to fund two college scholarships, for “pay to play” fees for needy student-athletes and fund some weight room improvement projects.

The scholarships, which are issued in Morris’ name, are awarded each spring to two deserving PHS graduates.

The golf tournament, played June 8, drew 84 golfers from around the Rim Country.

“We had a good turnout, I was happy with it,” said Payson High School coach Jake Swartwood.

Michelle Dean was the lucky raffle winner of a 12-gauge shotgun donated by Rim Country Guns.

With the tournament in the record books, Swartwood and his football players will return to a summer of preparation for next fall’s play.

Swartwood is encouraging all prospective players to participate in weight room activities from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday in the high school gym. At 4 p.m. on Thursdays, players lock horns in 7-on-7 passing league games at Rumsey Park or the middle school field. The players also travel each week to Bradshaw Mountain High School for 7-on-7 games there.

Also on the summer agenda is a high school football camp to be held July 15 to 19 at Payson High School and Rumsey Park.

Swartwood estimates the camp will draw a total of about 420 prospective players from Mesa Red Mountain, Desert Edge, Coolidge, Page, Payson and one other school that hasn’t yet firmly committed.

For next season, the football team will become a member of Division VI, Section II, which will contain some of the schools that were members of the 3A East Region before the conference/region configuration was replaced by divisions and sections three years ago.

The change means the Horns will find themselves back among the “Beasts of the East” which for many years has been the most competitive in the state.

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