Spring Sports Keep Weekend Busy For Horns

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The Lady Longhorn softball team kicked off the 2013 campaign today, March 1, at the 10th Annual Wrangler Classic in Wickenburg.

Today, the teams participate in pool play; the results of which will be used to seed the teams into bracket action throughout tomorrow.

Payson was aligned in Pool C along with River Valley and Barry Goldwater High schools

The Lady Horns open pool play in the 24-team tournament at 9:30 a.m. against Barry Goldwater and at 12:30 p.m., will take on River Valley. Pool play wraps up at 5 p.m. against San Manuel.

Sherman invites

Longtime Payson Men’s Golf Association member Herb Sherman, also a retired high school teacher and basketball coach, is issuing an invitation to join the PMGA for the 2013 season.

“All types of golfers are invited to join and enjoy the camaraderie of playing every Wednesday morning at Payson Golf Course,” Sherman said.

Prospective members may pick up registration forms at the PGC pro shop. Registration fee for the season, which beings in March and continues through Oct., is $62.

The 2013 season tees off at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 13 with a breakfast and four-man scramble tournament.

Cline Memorial tickets on sale

Over the next few months, Laci Sopeland and her band of dedicated volunteers, who annually host the Cline Memorial Poker run, have a goal to sell 250 raffle tickets at $100 each for the prize of a 2013 Polaris Ranger Crew 800 EPS Camo valued at about $16,100.

The reverse raffle will be held April 26 at a dinner and dance that traditionally precedes the poker run.,Tickets are now available at Anderson Dental, the Butcher Hook and from any member of the Cline Memorial Fund planning committee.

The winner of the Polaris is responsible for tax, licenses and other start up fees.

The Fifth Annual Memorial Fund Poker Ride begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 27 at the O-bar-C Ranch in Tonto Basin and continues along old Jeep and mining trails through some of the county’s most scenic high desert vistas.

The route travels along FR 1411 past Juniper Mountain, the ZT Ranch, and Buzzard Roost Camp and near Copper Mountain before finishing at the original starting line.

“The trip will be from 40 to 50 miles,” said Dryer.

He estimates the ride will take most of the day because riders will want to stop and sightsee, eat a lunch they pack for themselves and possibly visit with other entrants.

At the start line, poker hands will be sold for $20 each and prize money will be doled out for first, second and third place.

In addition to the ride, there will be an old-fashioned benefit dinner and dance beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 26, the day prior to the ride, at the Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin.

The gathering is sure to include a lip smacking meal, entertainment and plenty of small town camaraderie.

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