Hardt Still Dominates Hardwood

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Former Lady Longhorn basketball star Whitney Hardt is now weaving her hardwood magic for the Round Valley Elks.

In RV’s 43-34 win over rival St. Johns Tuesday evening, Whitney finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Last season while playing point guard for PHS, Whitney helped lead the Lady Longhorns to the state quarterfinals.

Whitney will have the opportunity to challenge her old teammates when Payson High and the Elks collide Jan. 14 in Eagar.

She returns to Payson Jan 28 when the Lady Horns play host to the Elks in Wilson Dome.

Whitney has a lot of friends in Payson and you can bet they’re anxious to renew old acquaintances with her.

No fear here

Payson High physical education teacher Peggy Miles is hosting an innovative school program, “Fitness Factor,”

The program is based loosely on the TV program “Fear Factor.” The program is an activity and nutrition program that is open to all students at the school.

The participants, mostly non-athletes, meet three days a week for 45 minutes during the lunch hour. In addition to receiving daily nutritional snacks and monthly nutritious meals, the students participate in a variety of physical activities.

Among them are aerobics, Tae Bo, power walking, circuit weight training, tennis, handball and other sports. Miles tries to make the challenges as fun as possible by incorporating other activities in them.

The Fitness Factor challenge focuses on having the students eat foods that are good for them and they might not like. Examples thus far have been lima beans and beets.

The students’ progress is measured by individual charts that are kept by the participants. The program is being funded by a mini-grant that Miles received from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The goal of Fitness Factor is to increase the proportion of high school-aged students who participate in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day.

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