Swim Team In Need Of New Coach

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The Payson swim team is in need of a head coach.

Kristi Ford who served as interim coach last summer replacing Dani Hatch will not return as the head coach. She will, however, remain close to the recreation team to lend her expertise when needed.

Applications for the head coaching position are being accepted by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department. Parks and Rec oversees the summer swim program for youths 6 to 18 years of age.

According to Parks and Rec's Beth Edstrom, prospective applicants should have good knowledge of swimming strokes, have a competitive swimming background, work well with children and be available to work the months of June and July.

The coach will oversee from 60 to 100 team members each summer.

Swim team practices are conducted each weekday morning from 6:30 a.m. to about 9 a.m. In addition to daily practices, the team competes in a series of six recreational meets held at Taylor Pool.

On meet days, coaches' hours begin about 6:15 a.m. and continue until about 1 p.m. The Payson swim team, originally known as the Pikes, was founded in 1986 by current Taylor Pool manager Jim Quinlan.

Anyone interested in applying for the position should contact Edstrom at 474-5242, ext. 272.

Big thanks

Duke Wilbanks says thanks to all who support local wrestling programs.

Among those he'd like to acknowledge are Rick and Diane Lukwig of Sparkletts Water, Steve Perry of Pepsi Cola and Wal-Mart's Lou Desomma.

All, Wilbanks said, "are great people who have helped many times with donations to the wrestling programs at the (middle) and high school."

Because of support like theirs, Wilbanks said, local athletes have become outstanding representatives of our town and school.

Hardwood action

The Payson Elks Club will host its annual Hoop Shoot Jan. 26 in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and competition at 10 a.m.

Boys and girls 8- to 13-years-of-age are eligible to participate free of charge. All youngsters must take to the event proof of age.

Boys and girls will compete in age divisions based on their ages April 1, 2002. Each contestant takes 25 shots from designated locations on the floor.

The boys and girls in each age group with the best score advance to the Elks North District competition next month.

Winners there can advance to state, regional and national showdowns.

According to Elk officials, more than three million youngsters from around the country compete in the Hoop Shoot each year.

Call Bob Troutman at 474-8931 for more information.

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