Women’S Golf Gets Going This Month

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The Payson Women’s Golf Association will host a kick-off breakfast meeting followed by a round of golf at Payson Golf Course Tuesday, March 26. It all begins at 9 a.m. at Miss Fitz 260 Cafe located just east of Payson and continues with the links play at PGC.

After opening day, the group meets each Tuesday morning at PGC.

“The Payson Women’s Golf Association is looking forward to a great season of golf this year,” said PWGA secretary Judy McKenzie.

To join PWGA or for more information, call McKenzie at (303) 358-6118 or e-mail her at pwgaonline@gmail.com.

Calling all turkeys

At 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 at Mountain Bible Church, a Shoot for the Heart seminar will feature Steve Sams, president of the Arizona chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Highlights will include a turkey calling seminar and free turkey calls made by Dan Drorbaugh given to all youths. Also youths attending the March 19 Shoot for the Heart event will be awarded a one-year membership into the National Wild Turkey Federation.

PHS coach speaks

This comes from Payson High School baseball coach Brian Young:

“We have another special event going on next week on Friday (March 22) for our home game vs. Fountain Hills. We are running a canned food drive. We are calling the event ‘Knock Hunger Out of the Park’ and all of the donations are going to the St. Vincent de Paul food bank in Payson. 

“The Thursday before all of our players are going to go out in the community with a flyer and invite people to the game and collect food if people have it available. Then we will continue to collect food at the game on Friday for a donation. 

“It is our first attempt at something like this, but the coaches and players understand how much we are supported within the community and we want to do something to give back.”

Hoop camp next week

The Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department-sponsored Fundamental Basketball Academy is an exciting offering that aspiring players in third to eighth grade will surely want to take advantage of.

Former Paradise Valley High School coach Bill Farrell has for the last few years hosted the basketball camps during both the spring and fall breaks.

The next camp will be held 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 18 to 24 (the second week of PUSD’s spring break) in Wilson Dome.

The cost is $35 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Instruction at the camp centers on the fundamentals of basketball, which Farrell and his staff — that includes some PHS varsity players — teach in an old school but very effective way.

Even though the camps are disciplined and challenging, an open learning environment is created that campers and parents seem to thoroughly enjoy.

During the course of the camp, the players learn and improve their individual skills in all aspects of the game as well as developing self-confidence.

Even those youngsters who don’t plan on playing basketball in high school can prosper from what they learn at the academy.

By now, most should be familiar with Farrell, but for those who don’t know him, he is of the most respected retired coaches in Arizona high school basketball.

He was the state’s boys basketball coach of the year in 1995 and 1997 and has won numerous regional coach of the year honors.

At Paradise Valley High School, Farrell’s teams won two titles in three seasons in 4A, taking the 1995 and 1997 championships. The 1997 team finished 29-2 while the 1995 team went 29-4.

On Dec. 2, 2005, the Paradise Valley High School gymnasium was renamed in honor of Farrell.

Registration remains open until 5 p.m., Friday, March 15. To register for the academy, log on to: http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/ParksRec.aspx.

Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Cline Memorial Poker Run plans continue

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.

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