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season begins. Coach Frank Kush

had a vision and it worked out

very well. I want to perpetuate

that tradition.”

Set within the cool mountain

country near Payson, Ariz., the

camp borders the Tonto National

Forest, which provides the first

two syllables of Tontozona. The state of Arizona offers the last pair.

Mountains skirt the camp with water, contributing much of the

beauty to the area with clear-running Tonto Creek just a moment’s

walk from the practice field. As a matter of fact, the bubbling

springs on the camp property are a popular place for a cold drink

or a refreshing natural whirlpool after practice. But the creek is

even more popular after drills.

Three man-sized waterfalls and clear-

bottom swimming holes serve as refreshers

to the Sun Devils. Wildlife is another

prominent specialty of Tontozona; deer

roaming the surrounding country and hawks circling the morning

and evening skies are not uncommon sights.

Just minutes away by car are other attractions such as the

spectacular Mogollon Rim

and its breathtaking view and

countryside that provide a

haven for campers, horseback

riders, hikers and picnickers.