Wild Flower 5k Saturday At Green Valley Park

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Registration for the Town-sponsored Wild Flower 5K walk/run begins Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at Green Valley Park.


Last year, Nolan Blalock and Abby Kendall were the 5k winners, but Parks and Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider stresses that this event is not strictly for the serious competitor ... it's open to all ages and abilities.


Participants who preregister by the 5 p.m. deadline this Thursday will receive a souvenir race shirt.

Entry for preregistration is $10, or $15 after the May 18 deadline.


Race time is 9 a.m. at the Green Valley Park starting line.


For more information, contact Parks and Rec at 474-5242, ext. 7.


All-East announcements soon

The results of the coaches' voting for the All-East region softball teams should be announced this week.


Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman said the coaches had to confer to firm up some of the honorable mention selections and then the teams would be made public.


With several standout players on the roster and a third-place finish in the regular season, the Lady Horns should be well represented on the star team.


Traditionally, the higher the team finishes the better the chances to have a greater number of honored players.


Be careful what you say ...

Former Payson High student, T.J. Kowacz -- a member of the Longhorn track and field team while attending the school -- is in the state's news. But it's not for his accomplishments on the turf.


Kowacz, who transferred to Greenway High and graduated from there last spring, has filed a lawsuit alleging he was slandered by his coaches and athletic director at the Phoenix school. The suit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.


Kowacz alleges in the suit that when college scouts came to track meets to scout him last year, coaches made unflattering remarks about him that cost him a college scholarship.


The actions of the coaches, the suit alleges, resulted in him having to attend college without any financial aid. The former PHS student is seeking more than $20,000 in damages.


Named in the lawsuit were Greenway athletic director Kathy Voght, track coach Clyde Voltz, and district superintendent James Keiffer.


Kowacz is represented by Phoenix attorney Christine Manno. If the judgment is in his favor, prep coaches from around the state will find themselves biting their tongues when college coaches approach to inquire about possible recruits.


Rewards of the Payson Wildlife Fair

There were plenty of free goodies being passed out at the Wildlife Fair held Saturday in Green Valley Park. Some of the most useful might have been the lures being given out at the Arizona Game and Fish booth.


Local AG&F officer Carl Lutch gave me, and others, a very nice Z-spin lure made by Whitmann Lures in Tucson.


Apparently they're specially made for the Game and Fish because they're inscribed with one of the department logos -- "Bite This -- Fish AZ."


One word of caution, Lusk advises, use a swivel with the lure to protect the line from twisting.

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