Prescott Masters All-American swimmer Mark Modjeska sets world record
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A member of the Prescott Masters Swim Team within the past year swam the fastest masters time in the world in the 200-meter short-course butterfly. Mark Modjeska achieved one first- and two second-place world finishes in the 65- to 69-year-old Masters age group in 2018. He also tallied third-, eighth-, ninth- and 10th-place times in the world. These seven Top 10 times came in the 200-meter butterfly, the 400, the 800, and the 1,500 freestyle. For reference, the 1,500 swim is similar to a 4-mile run. Also an All-American in the 1,000-yard freestyle, Mark competes with fellow Prescott Masters under coach Brigid Bunch, a five-time Masters All-American. To achieve Masters All-American status, a swimmer must swim the fastest time in the nation in his or her event and age group during a calendar year.
Prescott Senior Softball’s opening day honors Ernie Jones April 29 at Pioneer Park
On Monday morning, April 29, Prescott Senior Softball kicks off its 2019 summer season with a tribute to former Yavapai Tribe president Ernie Jones, who died within the past year. Jones was a longtime member of Prescott Senior Softball who supported the league and multiple travel teams, as well as youth sports in the quad-city area. On Ernie Jones Day, Janet and Iris Jones will throw out a ceremonial first pitch on Field 1 after the National Anthem. All league players are being asked to show up early on April 29 to show their respect for Ernie and the Jones family. Prescott Senior Softball asks that all players arrive by 8:15 a.m., as Double-A players will line up along the foul lines on Field 1, and Triple-A and Majors players will line up along the edge of the infield and outfield. Any players who have a Yavapai Cantina shirt or a Bucky’s shirt are asked to wear it on opening day. After the players are assembled on the field, Lani Beach will say a few words, followed by a moment of silence before the National Anthem and the first pitch. For more information, email Ted Gambogi at email@example.com.
Trinity Christian School to offer summer sports camps
Trinity Christian School, 1077 Mogollon Road in Prescott, invites children and teens from the Prescott community to join the school’s 2019 summer sports camps in July. Members of Trinity’s coaching staff will coach the camps for basketball and soccer, which athletic director Bud Swanson says will focus on “fundamentals, fun, faith and competition.” There are a variety of sessions and age groups for consideration, including: Junior High & High School Boys Basketball (seventh through 12th graders), July 8-12 and July 15-19 from 8-10 a.m., $75 per student, coached by Ben Blumstein; Elementary Co-Ed Basketball (third through sixth graders), July 8 to 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, $75 per student, coached by Ben Blumstein; Junior High & High School Girls Basketball (seventh through 12th graders), July 8-12 from noon-2 p.m., $75 per student, coached by Denise Steidinger; Junior High Co-Ed Soccer (sixth through eighth graders), July 16-19 from 7-10 a.m., $75 per student, coached by Seth and Kori Richter; Elementary Co-Ed Soccer (second through fifth graders), July 16-19, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $75 per student, coached by Seth and Kori Richter. A minimum of five and a maximum of 20 must be registered by the deadline of July 1, 2019. If a second child from the same family registers, their fee is discounted to $65. To register, contact Trinity Christian School at 928/445-6306 or go on-line at trinitychristianaz.com/athletics.
Chino Valley Youth Football and Cheer registration begins
Chino Valley Youth Football and Cheer will conduct on-site registration for its 2019 season from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11 at the Chino Valley Safeway, 1031 N. Highway 89, as well as on June 8 and July 13 in the Lantana Plaza parking lot across from Ace Hardware, 1395 N. Highway 89. You can also visit Chino Valley Youth Football and Cheer’s website, http://tshq.bluesombrero.com/cvyfc, to register your athlete for the 2019 fall football and cheer season.
Prescott Valley Grand Prix scheduled for Memorial Day weekend
The fifth annual Prescott Valley Grand Prix motorized off-road race will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 25 and 26, outside of Findlay Toyota Center. Arizona Off-Road Promotions and the Town of Prescott Valley are playing host to the Grand Prix, which will feature motorcycles, quads and utility vehicles for all ages and skill levels. There will also be a pit bike race. Everyone is encouraged to register and attend. Registration starts Friday, May 24, outside of Findlay Toyota Center. Races will go all day on May 25 and 26, with tickets being sold at the gate. For more information on times, fees, classes and location, visit azopracing.com or email Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baseball prospect camp set for May 12 at Yavapai College
The annual Yavapai College Baseball Prospect Camp will take place at Roughrider Park on Sunday, May 12. Every junior college and NAIA baseball program in Arizona will be invited to attend this event. The prospect camp is geared toward uncommitted seniors as well as underclassmen wanting a head start on the recruiting process. The camp consists of two sessions; bullpens in the morning and position player workouts in the afternoon. Registration for pitchers and catchers will be at 9:15 a.m. on May 12, and bullpens will begin around 10 a.m. Registration for position players begins at noon, with workouts scheduled for 1 p.m. The camp costs $50 per player. Same-day registration costs $60 per player. For more information, call Yavapai College assistant baseball coach Kyle Wise at 928-776-2292, email him at email@example.com.
Yavapai College baseball to host day camp June 3-5
At the Mile High Baseball School Day Camp players will learn skills from a new perspective with a fresh, dynamic approach to teaching baseball. The camp will include instruction on hitting, pitching, fielding and base running. This camp is for players between the ages of 5 and 12 with division of age groups throughout the program. The camp will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. each day. The fee for this camp is $75 with an additional $10 charge for late registration. The fee includes professional instruction and evaluation, as well as a camp T-shirt. The camp capacity is limited to 150 campers. For more information, call Yavapai College assistant baseball coach Kyle Wise at 928-776-2292, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embry-Riddle men’s basketball program to host youth summer camp June 10-13
The annual Embry-Riddle men’s basketball youth summer camp is scheduled for June 10-13 at the ERAU Activity Center in Prescott. Both boys and girls ages 7-11 and ages 12-16 are invited to participate. The 7-11 age group meets from 9-11 a.m. on the June 10-13, while the 12-16 age group meets from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on the 10-13. Cost is $90 per camper. This camp is run by the coaching staff for the Embry-Riddle men’s program, as well as the players from the team. For more information, contact coach Eric Fundalewicz via email at email@example.com or assistant coach Doug Beilfuss via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ BIG Swing Golf Tournament set for June 14 in Sedona
Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters is inviting the public to participate in its BIG Swing Golf Tournament from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Seven Canyons in Sedona. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s mission to be the “defender of the potential in all children.” Cost is $225 per golfer. For more information, including registration for playing, visit azbigs.org or call Cheryl Gray for sponsorship information at 928-634-9789.
Roughrider baseball program to host overnight camp July 14-17
At the Mile High Baseball School Overnight Camp you will learn skills from a new perspective with a fresh, dynamic approach to teaching baseball. The camp will include instruction on hitting, pitching, fielding and base running. Specialty areas will include speed, strength, conditioning and mental skills. The camp is for players between the ages of 10 and 18. Campers have the option of overnight stay in Yavapai College housing. Meals and activities will be included in the camp fee. Campers will be under adult supervision at all times. Registration and introduction for the camp will run from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Camp will take place for the next three days, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for campers commuting to camp is $175. The fee for campers staying overnight is $400. An additional $10 will be added to the fee for late registration. The camp’s capacity is limited to 150 campers. For more information, call Yavapai College assistant baseball coach Kyle Wise at 928-776-2292, send an email to email@example.com.
Hassayampa Golf Course celebrating its 100-year anniversary; club looks for memorabilia
With the Hassayampa Golf Course celebrating its 100th year of existence in 2019, Capital Canyon Club members are seeking out any memorabilia in reference to the club. Members are specifically looking for old score cards, trophies, pictures from 1919 to 1969, brochures, and or newspaper articles. If you have any items you would like displayed in the historical room at the club, contact John Oas at 928-515-2909, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amateur tennis tournament set for Oct. 11-13 in Cottonwood
An amateur tennis tournament benefiting junior tennis development across northern Arizona will be played at Mingus and Sedona high schools Oct. 11-13. Event proceeds will be used to expand pathways for youth as young as 8 years old to learn and play tennis through adulthood in the Flagstaff, Prescott and Verde Valley areas. The event will feature three United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournaments (adults, juniors and National Tennis Rating Program) played simultaneously. Players from ages 8 to 80 will have an event in which they can compete. The event will be played and directed by longtime Northern Arizona Tennis Association board members Larry Lineberry of Sedona and Scott Weber of Flagstaff. Lineberry is a master professional in the United States Professional Tennis Association and a 2017 inductee of the Southwest Tennis Hall of Fame. Weber is the founder and past president of the Flagstaff Tennis Association and is a certified tennis referee and recipient of the 2010 and 2017 USTA Southwest Grassroots Official of the Year. He is the head official of this event. To register for any of these tournaments, visit tennislink.usta.com/tournaments and enter tournament ID#: 750023619. For more information, call Lineberry at 928-300-5394 or email him at: email@example.com.