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Sports Briefly: Man v. Horse Race is Saturday

Horseback riders Troy Eckard and Dayna Weary cross the finish line together in the 2014 Man Against Horse Race near Mingus Mountain outside of Prescott Valley. The 2016 Man Against Horse Race is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.
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Horseback riders Troy Eckard and Dayna Weary cross the finish line together in the 2014 Man Against Horse Race near Mingus Mountain outside of Prescott Valley. The 2016 Man Against Horse Race is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.


THE 33RD ANNUAL MAN AGAINST HORSE RACE is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 1, in Prescott Valley. The main 50-mile run/ride begins at the base camp windmill off Old Fain Road, located about seven miles north of Highway 69 and three miles east off of Highway 89A (head one mile up Old Fain Road from there). Runners run concurrently with horses. This is not a ride and tie. The 25- and 50-mile courses are moderately difficult; the 12-mile is a rolling course. The 25- and 50-mile distances should not be undertaken without significant preparation. Runners should be in shape for travel over rough country, including steep and rocky terrain. Most of the course is on mountainous trails and back roads through the tall pines of Mingus Mountain. Elevation at base camp is around 5,000 feet, with the 50-mile course climbing to about 7,600 feet. To register or volunteer for the race, or for more information, call Ron Barrett at 928-925-1930 or Ned Leigh at 928-636-7041. Website:


THE PRESCOTT PATRIOTS Arizona Football League (AzFL) team is forming now for players ages 18 and older in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. All positions are open, but you must have your own equipment. The 2016-17 season will run from January through May. The Patriots, an amateur 11-man Club tackle football team, is owned by Shane Golay of Prescott. For more information, call Golay at 928-460-3734 or visit Games will be played in Prescott and Phoenix. The AzFL was established in 1994 to offer players a chance to stay in the game after high school or college. They can play in the AzFL and all of their game video is put online for coaches to watch. AzFL players stay eligible to play collegiately. Most that play in the AzFL are in it for a chance to put the pads back on and hit someone as a weekend warrior. Their school, jobs and families come first. The teams practice once or twice a week. All of the games are played on Saturdays. For other information, visit or You may also contact Kevin Pakos by mail at Arizona Football League AzFL, 9524 W. Camelback Road C130 #133, Glendale, AZ 85305, or call him at 623-939-4877.


THE 10TH ANNUAL WINDERMERE FOUNDATION Golf Tournament will be played Monday, Oct. 17, at Prescott Lakes Golf Club in Prescott. There is a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $545 per foursome or $145 per golfer. All net proceeds will go to local charities in Prescott. The tournament still needs golfers and hole sponsors. To make a reservation or a donation, call Nancy Twynham at 928-541-4102.


THE NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS NBA D-LEAGUE basketball team announced that single-game tickets for all 2016-17 home games are now on sale for the general public. Fans can buy single-game tickets online at, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the Prescott Valley Event Center box office. Tickets start at $9. The NAZ Suns tip off the 2016-17 season, their inaugural campaign in Prescott Valley, when they host the Iowa Energy at PV Event Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The NAZ Suns will open the regular season with 11 of their first 15 games at home. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive discounted tickets to any NAZ Suns home game by calling 928-772-SUNS. The team will also host a variety of theme nights at PV Event Center during the 2016-17 campaign, including Faith and Family Night, NASCAR Night and Education Day. Fans can visit throughout the season for the latest information regarding theme nights and promotional giveaways. Fans interested in full or half season memberships can secure their seats at or by calling 928-772-SUNS. Season packages start as low as $192 per seat.


HORSE LOVERS AND RIDING ENTHUSIASTS will gather at the Yavapai College Chino Valley Horse Arena from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, for an all-breed, multi-discipline horse show. The fall show is a collaboration of the Yavapai College Equine Program and the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center (AAEC). Admission and parking are free, with proceeds of class and horsemanship registrations benefiting the YC Equine Scholarship Fund. In addition to scholarship aid, the horse show “helps students showcase skills they are learning in their classes and raise awareness of the YC and AAEC equine programs,” said Dr. Karla Phillips, YC associate dean of career and technical education. Show entry and class registration are available on the show website: The class schedule includes trail, ranch, English and Western riding and driving classes, some geared specifically for youth, and others for adults. Morning class sessions start at 9 a.m. Afternoon sessions start at 1 p.m. Trail course classes are scheduled between noon and 2 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded for first through sixth places in each class. Classes are $10 per person, or $8 per class for students with identification. A $1 discount per class is available with online registrations. Spectators and friends and family of horse show participants are encouraged to bring chairs. Seating and shade at the arena are limited. Food and beverage concessionaires will be onsite during the show. The YC Chino Valley horse arena is located at the YC Chino Valley Agribusiness Center, 2275 Old Home Manor Drive in Chino Valley. For more information, call show secretary Vicki LaBelle at 928-848-8722.


ATTENTION ALL ICE HOCKEY PLAYERS: The Adult Men’s Hockey League at Prescott Valley Event Center will conduct its final registration meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the event center. The league begins play Oct. 10, and it is open to all players ages 18 and older. Teams will be finalized and players not on a team will be drafted with an on-ice draft skate. If you are interested in playing, attend this meeting to get on a team. This is a non-checking, non-fighting league. The emphasis is on improving skills, camaraderie, physical fitness and competitive team play. League members also need volunteers to operate the scoreboard and do stats. All games, which are played on Monday nights, are free and open to the public. Call Scott Rubke at 928-308-6523 or email him at Or call Harry Zielinski at 928-583-3435 or email him at


FORMER PHOENIX SUNS CENTER STEVEN HUNTER is bringing his Steven Hunter Life Skills and Basketball Academy Fall Break Camp to Prescott High School’s Dome gym from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 10-13. The academy is designed for players ages 8-14 at a cost of $165 per player, although sibling discounts are available. A reversible jersey is included in the registration. Hunter will provide special instruction during two days of the four-day experience. Special surprise guest speakers will be on-hand, too. Hunter’s camps focus on fun skills training with experienced coaches, life skills and leadership lessons. Each participant should bring his or her own water bottle, snack and athletic shoes. For more information or to register, call 480-454-5607, visit or send an email to The academy is also on Facebook with the handle @StevenHunterBasketball and on Snapchat with the handle @SHBasketball_Academy.


SACRED HEART SCHOOL’S 22nd annual educational fundraiser golf tournament, which was rained out in late August, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott. Play will be on the South Course with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Registration and check-in will take place from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. that day. All are welcome to play, as there are no minimum drives in this scramble. Sacred Heart School in Prescott raises funds for its preschoolers and those in grades 1-8. The monies are not part of the school’s budget. The tournament will include men’s flights, mixed flights and women’s flights (if enough players register). Prior to Aug. 27, the tournament had 130 players registered. The course can accommodate up to 144 players. Lamb Chevrolet/Cadillac has donated a new Chevy Malibu as a hole-in-one prize (amateurs and paid registrants only) on hole No. 11 at Antelope Hills South. Residents are encouraged to help a good cause by either donating money or playing golf, whether it’s by yourself or with a foursome. Lunch will follow. Fee is $80 per player and all net proceeds go to the school’s students. Make checks payable to: Sacred Heart Catholic School (note the golf tournament on check’s memo). Send entry fee and registration form to the church, attention Michael Peters, before 5 p.m. Oct. 26.


FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION (FWM) local ambassadors Susan and Joe Rubio are organizing one more pickleball fundraising tournament at The Club at Prescott Lakes on Sunday, Oct. 16, to benefit the non-profit, humanitarian, faith-based organization. Established in 2001, FWM provides wheelchairs designed for developing countries and delivers them free to recipients in any one of 93 countries where the mission has partnerships. The wheelchairs are lightweight, durable and low cost, with all funds generated in developed countries. A wheelchair costs $77.91 (includes shipping), anywhere in the world where FWM has partners. Since 2001, 937,000 FWM wheelchairs have been delivered, the Rubios said. The Prescott pickleball tournament is open to the public, but it has limited availability. Those interested in playing, watching or contributing to the tournament, one with all proceeds going to FWM, contact Susan Rubio at or call her at 949-633-7894. During September and October, all donations will be matched times two. In other words, $50 becomes $100; one wheelchair becomes two wheelchairs.


PRESCOTT’S ANNUAL OVER-THE-LINE Softball Tournament will be played at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Heritage Park, 1497 Heritage Park Road, in Prescott. Three divisions are available, including Men’s Open, Men’s Master (40-plus years old) and Women’s. Entry fee is $75 per team. If interested or for more information, call Michael Lugo at 480-892-3189, email him at or phone/text him at 480-620-6260. “This is a great time to play, relax, and meet new friends,” Lugo said. Tournament fee includes three shirts and other sponsor items in a goodie bag.


PRESCOTT VALLEY PARKS & RECREATION will conduct a ‘Be a Better Basketball Player’ clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from mid-September through mid-December at the Bradshaw Mountain High East Gym on Robert Road. Hoops instructor Roy Jenkins will operate the clinic, which focuses on shooting and other basketball fundamentals. Remaining dates include Sept. 29; Oct. 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27; Nov. 8-10 and 15-17; and Dec. 1, 6, 8, 12, 14 and 16. Times on those days will go from 5 to 6:15 p.m. for boys and girls ages 7-12 and from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 13-17. Cost per player is $24 per six-class session. To register, stop by the Prescott Valley Parks and Rec Department at 7501 E. Civic Circle (third floor rec office) or call 928-759-3090.


BRADSHAW MOUNTAIN HIGH BOYS’ BASKETBALL, in an exclusive partnership with Galpin Ford, is conducting a fundraiser called ‘Drive One for Your Team’ in October. Bears coach Matt Simpson said the fundraiser allows anyone over 18 years old with a driver’s license to come to the Galpin dealership in Dewey on Oct. 1, beginning at 10 a.m., to drive a brand new Ford vehicle of his or her choosing. It is free to the individual who drives, so this is a no-cost-to-you fundraiser. Each test drive is 15 minutes long, and there’s no pressure to buy. For every drive, the Bradshaw boys’ basketball program receives $20 with the potential to earn up to $6,000. “We are looking to hit this $6k mark as soon as possible,” Simpson said. For more information, send an email to: or call the high school at 928-759-4100.


SHINPU-REN FAMILY KARATE will play host to the United States Association of Martial Artists (USAMA)-sanctioned Goshindo Games, an Open karate tournament Oct. 1 at Yavapai College’s Walraven Gym in Prescott. All styles of karate are welcome to compete for grand champion prizes. Cost is $40 to compete in one or two events and $5 for each additional event. Admission is $5 per spectator. Children ages 5 and younger get in free. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with competition slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1. For more information and/or to pre-register, visit


PROCESS DRIVEN BASEBALL ACADEMY is conducting a seven-week skills instruction program for players ages 8-12 every Monday from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 at Ziegler Field, 1200 Commerce Drive in Prescott. Cost is $355 for all seven sessions, which go from 6-8 p.m. Nightly rates are also available. Instruction in mental approach, dynamics of the game, throwing, fielding, base running, hitting, infield, outfield and pitching are included. For more information, call Rob Chriss at 928-308-5822 or visit


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