As president of Rim Country Middle School's Builders Club, eighth-grader Calvin LeGassie recently became involved in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. He is the event's youth chairperson this year.
The 2002 edition of the relay will be June 7 and 8 at Rumsey Park.
Calvin says the benefit is held annually to raise money to help the Cancer Society fund research, education, programs and services.
The evening also is "a way to raise (cancer) awareness and to bring the community together for a common cause," Calvin said.
In the relay, teams of eight to 15 participants take turns walking or running around a track at Rumsey Park for 15 hours. That feat is a symbolic way of demonstrating that if cancer doesn't sleep at night, the participants won't either, Calvin said.
The teams are made up of community groups, municipal employees, students, service clubs, families and corporations who want to have fun and make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The participants pay a $10 registration fee and raise dollars from pledges they receive from sponsors.
Prizes are awarded to the top fund-raising individuals and teams.
Thursday night, Calvin attended a Relay for Life kick-off party held at Julia Randall Elementary School. Calvin described the party as "a great time to learn about how people can join in and help to fight cancer."
Call Calvin at 474-9324 for more information.
Fruth has them runnin' and gunnin'
Former Lady Longhorn coach Tim Fruth has the Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team off to a 2-0 start.
On Tuesday, the Lady Mavs whipped Holbrook 34-16 after leading 24-7 at halftime. The big gun for RCMS was Tori Wilbanks with 18 points.
The team, Fruth said, played "very aggressive on defense and cut down on its turnovers."
This Saturday (Feb. 9) Payson Little League officials will host one final player registration period. It will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the training room at the Payson Police Department.
The decision to host a late registration was made because turnout at five earlier sign-ups was short of what was expected.
To date, about 200 youngsters have signed up for this spring's play. Last season, about 280 youths participated in the program.
League officials expected more than that to participate this spring.
Youngsters ages 7 to 15 (as of July 31) are eligible to participate in the league.
This season, the league will field four divisions farm (7 and 8 years), minors (9 to 11), majors (9 to 12) and seniors (13 to 15).
Call Michelle Halenar at 474-6635 for more information.