Local Runner's Commitment Gets Longer

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Beth Boyers says "I'm hooked."
What she's telling us is she's serious in her commitment to running, having competed in 5Ks, 10Ks and 1/2 marathons around the state over the last 15 years.

Beth is well known locally for winning the women's division of the Christopher Creek to Kohl's Ranch 10K and her long training runs down Control Road.

During the past year, Beth decided to step up her training and devote all of her energies to longer races -- marathons.

Thus far she's competed in three of the long-distance events. Her most successful was the Albuquerque, N.M. Marathon held Sept. 27, where she ran a personal best of 4 hours and 11 minutes and finished first in her age group.

Beth's goal now is to compete in at least one marathon a year on different courses around the United States.

Hard to find
Heather Branstetter was tough to locate last weekend for an interview regarding her All-Central Division volleyball selection.

The PHS honor student was elk hunting with her father. Upon her return home, she said the father/daughter team didn't have much luck, but the hunt was great fun.

All-star volleyball player, honor student and hunter -- Heather is a busy teen-ager. You can bet she's not one to complain that there's nothing for young people to do in Payson.

Twin cities
Trivia question: What two cities are on the Shelby School boys' basketball team?

Stumped?
It's Chicago (Houdek) and Dallas (Rensch).

Good fishing
Arizona Game and Fish officer Rory Aikens is hinting that bitterly cold days can actually result in a good crappie bite.

Aikens says two anglers fishing Bartlett Lake during the snowstorm Dec. 6 found a cove full of hungry crappie. Using live minnows, they reeled in a crappie bonanza, with many measuring 14 and 15 inches.

Aikens says that sometimes minnows are good but other days 1/16 or 1/32 crappie jigs on ultra-light equipment is preferable.

"Look for fish holding in a Christmas tree-like pattern -- those will be crappie. If you cast out, watch your line -- if the jib or minnow stops dropping and you haven't hit bottom, chances are its being nibbled on by a crappie," Aikens said.

In addition to Bartlett, Roosevelt and Alamo are cold-weather hot spots for crappie.

Youth hoops
Registration for the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league will be held Jan. 11 to 15 in the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation offices, located at Green Valley Park.

The fee of $20 includes a minimum of eight games of play, a team T-shirt and a pizza party at season's end.

The league will begin play in February.
For more information on the league or any other recreational offering, call Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272.

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