Coaching a high school varsity team single-handedly is almost an insurmountable task. Coaching two teams takes on Herculean proportions.
But that's just what Chuck Hardt amazingly accomplished during the fall sports season.
As coach of both the boys' and girls' cross country teams, Hardt was single-handedly responsible for more than 20 teen-agers for almost a four-month period.
Hardt modestly says he received a good deal of help from Payson well wishers. He mentions Joel Goode and his staff at the sanitary plant for opening their facilities for use by the athletes on the day of the "Sludge to the Judge" Homecoming run. He also thanks the Payson Police Department for monitoring traffic during runs.
Justice of the Peace Ronnie McDaniel is to be thanked for serving as the official judge at the homecoming run and for personally sponsoring some of the awards that were given.
Hardt also is grateful to Don and Pat Heizer, who have a daughter on the team. Seems the Heizers would open their Payson home for team meals.
A huge "thank you" all coaches want to give more often is to their wives. Sometimes wives' efforts go unnoticed as they work quietly and silently in the background. But behind every good coach there is a very supportive and understanding wife.
A grateful coach Hardt thanks Shirley for "the meals and tying all those last minute lose ends together."
Hoopin' for heart
Many residents have probably been asked by Payson High School physical education students to be sponsors of a Hoops for Heart event that will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 in the PHS gymnasium.
Sponsored by PHS teacher Peggy Miles, the American Heart Association and American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the contributions collected by the students will fund research and education about heart disease and stroke.
Miles says Hoops for Heart is a fun way to involve young people in the charity effort and also make them aware of the importance of exercise.
The event will also include a "Hot Shot Blitz" in which the students shoot for a designated time from different locations on the floor. Participants can win prizes based on how much money they raise during the blitz.
For more information about participating in Hoops for Heart, call the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721.
At the Town Recreation Department, Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider is inviting everyone to participate in the Turkey Trot 5K, beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at Green Valley Park. Entrants can run or walk the course. Early registration is $10 per person or $15 on the day of the event. The fee includes a souvenir Turkey Trot T-shirt.
To register, stop by the Parks and Recreation Department at 1000 W. Country Club Dr. Kreider may be reached by calling 474-5242, ext. 272.
A pair of anglers who visited Roosevelt Lake last weekend returned saying they had fair to good success with bass. The two fished in about 14 feet of water with crankbaits and Carolina-rigged lizards near Goose Flats.
They also fished in about 20 feet in the north end of the lake using the same lizards and power worms.