The school's summer break has just begun, and Payson High School coach Chuck Hardt is already planning for next school year and the fall cross-country season.
The coach is counting on the incoming freshman class for a strong group of young runners to go along with the running veterans he has returning for the 1999 season.
Hardt says the freshmen most interested in cross-country are those not playing football, volleyball or soccer.
Why run cross-country, Hardt is often asked. He responds by saying it's great training for basketball, wrestling and track and field.
Also, Hardt says, cross-country helps youngsters develop a good work ethic and is "lots of fun."
Practice begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at Rumsey Park, but before that, Hardt will host a sand volleyball game and hamburger fry for prospective athletes. That date will be announced later.
Freshmen interested in participating should call Hardt at home, 474-5570.
For the summer
With school in recess for the summer, youngsters will be looking for things to do. Youths in 4th through 10th grades are invited to attend the recreation center in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. The center offers basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, billiards and a variety of other activities, including day trips to Arizona Cardinals Camp and to Camp Tontozona to watch the Sun Devils train. The rec center opens June 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays, until July 30. There is no registration required and admission is free.
Call Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272 for more information.
Lots of goodwill
The local competition of the 1999 Junior Goodwill games will be held June 15 at Rim Country Middle School. Both boys and girls ages 8 to 13 will compete in track and field beginning at 10 a.m. Basketball tips off at 11 a.m. and swimming at 2 p.m. at Taylor Pool.
Pre-registration at the Town Parks and Recreation office at Green Valley Park is encouraged. There is no fee.
Call Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272 for more information.
Drop in tennis doubles is held at Rumsey Park each Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee for this program, and adult players of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Players must bring a can of balls and racquet.
The town has a few openings in the girls' 15-years-and-under fast pitch softball league starting this week. Anyone interested in participating should call Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272.
Openings will be filled on a first come, first served basis.