Diamondbacks To Conduct Payson Youth Training Center

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are returning to the Rim country.

Diamondbacks' spokesman Jeff Rodin announced this week that the professional baseball team's youth training center will conduct a camp in Payson similar to the highly successful inaugural one held last summer.

Only this year, the training center to be held July 9 through July 13 will expand to include two daily sessions.

A regular training center will be conducted each morning from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

An advanced camp will be held in the afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The afternoon session is open to players at least 11-years-old who have advanced skill levels. Also, afternoon campers should have previously attended an ADTC camp and currently play in a youth league.

The morning sessions are designed for youths from 7 to 14 years of age of all skills levels.

However, previous campers are also eligible for the morning session.

Rodin said the second daily session was added to the Diamondbacks' Payson visit because of the success of last year's Rim country training center.

Call (800) 821-7152 for more information or to register for the camp.

Halenar introduced at BOB

Young baseball phenom Ridge Halenar made a name for himself Sunday when he was introduced along with the rest of the winners of the Arizona Diamondbacks' Skills Competition at Bank One Ballpark.

Ridge, a 10-year-old Payson boy, made his fourth trip to the home of the Diamondbacks. Since he was a 6-year-old, Ridge has dominated regional and state age-group competition. Once again he played his way to his age division championship and was introduced, along with his father Bob, at the beginning of the D-Backs-Tigers game on Father's Day.

Get a kick out of it

Yavapai College soccer coaches Mike Pantalione and Hugh Bell will be in the Rim country July 23 to July 26 to host a youth soccer camp. The camp is open to boys entering next year's freshman class to incoming high school seniors. Sessions will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on the Rumsey Park soccer field.

The fee is $120 per camper which includes T-shirt, water bottle and soccer ball. Call Penny Navis-Schmidt at 474-2391 or Roger Wholly at 474-2233 for more information.

Summer Recreation Center

Youth who have completed fourth through 10th grade are invited to attend the Payson Recreation Center at Rim Country Middle School gym this summer. The center offers basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, billiards and a variety of other activities. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 4 to July 27. No registration is required and admission is free.

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