As the Grand Canyon State Games Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Tonto Apache Track and Field team will be special guests at an appreciation celebration and awards banquet to be held Oct. 26 at Rawhide Old West Theme Park in Scottsdale
Following a cowboy-style barbecue dinner, the local team will take part in a celebration that will recognize sponsors of the annual games.
The grand prize for the event is airline tickets and accommodations for two to the 2001 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
One month ago, officials of the Grand Canyon State Games which bills itself as "Arizona's Olympics" tapped the local track team for the athletes of the year award.
According to GC game officials, the Tonto team was selected because of its longtime success in the competition.
The squad is coached by Billy Joe Winchester.
Mikey Waterman, 14 one of the most accomplished team members said he is eagerly looking forward to the experience of representing the Tonto Apaches at the event.
Just as game biologists predicted, quail numbers are down in most parts of Arizona due to last spring's drought.
Reports from hunters who were in the field on opening day (Oct. 13) indicate there are much fewer younger birds than inpast years and coveys are not as large.
Which means, to experience any type of success, hunters must stalk older birds which survived the 1999 season. Those quail are elusive and tough to find.
The chances of bagging a 15-bird limit are diminished by the poor spring crop but that doesn't mean hunters have to give up on the season.
Decent hunting areas for the Gambel's species areas can be found near water holes in the high deserts south of Payson.
Before setting out for a hunt, purchase a Class F, G or H license. They're available at most sporting goods stores.
The season will continue until Feb. 12, 2001.
Got a hankerin' to put your fishing pole to use? Then head over to Green Valley Park.
Yesterday (Oct. 19), trucks from the Blue River Fish Hatchery brought loads of trout to the GVP lake to replenish the urban fishing program there.
The cooler temperatures at the lake makes it a perfect home to the these trout, which are expected to be between 10 and 13 inches.
Trout stockings will continue from October to early May at three-week intervals.
After this first seasonal trout stocking date on Oct. 19, exact dates of other trout stockings will not be announced.
This is the third year that Green Valley has received trout stockings as part of the Urban Fishing Program.
Anglers age 14 and over must purchase and possess a Class U (urban) fishing license to fish at Green Valley lakes.
The Class U license covers all species of fish, so a trout stamp is not necessary.