A golden opportunity awaits local athletes and their parents.
On Wednesday, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Wilson dome, six or seven local doctors will be on hand to provide physical exams for students in sixth through 11th grades.
The cost of the examination is only $5. In a physician's office, that cost can be as much as $25.
All funds earned at tomorrow's sessions will be used to purchase athletic training supplies, tape, pre-wrap, etc., for school district sports teams.
In addition to the low cost of the exam, the benefit of having it early is that it saves on last-minute, hectic rushes to the doctor's office next August when fall sports begin.
Each season, throngs of youngsters cannot participate in crucial drills and conditioning because they have not yet gotten their physicals and are awaiting doctors' appointments.
In some worst-case scenarios, the delays have slowed the player's development and had adverse effects on his or her athletic success.
Waiting until only days before the season begins for a required physical is a king-size pain for doctors, coaches, trainers, athletes and parents.
A physical now means no headaches in August.
In addition to a complete physical, youngsters may also receive, free of charge, two types of innoculations.
The Gila County Health Department will be on hand for T-d boosters, or "tetanus' shots that are required of public school students every 10 years.
Another innoculation available is the MMR #2 booster, which is a measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.
Students with last names beginning with letters A through G will be given physicals and/or shots from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Last names beginning with H through P will receive their exams from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., last names beginning Q through Z should report.
At 3:30 p.m., the doors will be shut and no more student/athletes will be allowed in.
If you've got a son or daughter who will be involved in Rim Country Middle School or Payson High School sports next season, don't miss this unique opportunity.
Missing classes is not a problem since the district will be on a half-day attendance schedule.
Figure this one out?
Via the Internet, the Roundup receives weekly state baseball rankings from the Arizona Baseball Coaches' Association.
On April 26, the Longhorns -- who had been ranked sixth in the state --fell out of the top 10 despite a pretty darn good 14-5 record. Ranked ahead of the Horns in eighth place was a Fountain Hills team sporting a 15-7 record. Making the slight even worse was the fact the Longhorns only days earlier had 10-run-ruled Fountain Hills 18-8.
Coach Teddy Pettet said the rankings don't mean much to him, as any good coach will say, but it does to the kids.
The only thing Pettet can figure out is that the pollsters received inaccurate information about the Horns' record.
At last weekend's state tournament, Pettet -- politely of course -- expressed his displeasure to officials who compile the poll.
Are the rankings always accurate? Sometimes, sometimes not.
In the final four at the upcoming state semifinals are the two top-ranked teams -- number one Cactus Shadows and second-seeded Benson.
In the other state semifinal bracket, Winslow and Payson are unranked.