The Phoenix edition of the Grand Canyon State Games formally kicks off at 7 p.m. June 20 at America West Arena.
Athletes who have registered for the games are invited to participate in the ceremonies.
Highlights of the event will include the Parade of Athletes, Oath of Athletes and the arrival of the State Games torch.
The Rim country has always been well represented in the games and is again expected to send a large group of athletes to the competition.
From Thursday until June 23, competition in 36 sports will be held at various Valley venues. The games are a multi-sport Olympic Festival for Arizona's amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.
For more information, visit the website www.gcsg.org or call (480) 517-9700.
At the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star Cross Country meet last week in Casa Grande, Payson's Leighann Haynes finished second and Amy Davis was third. Both teens helped the Lady Longhorns win the Class 3A state championship last fall. The pair graduated with the PHS class of 2002.
Ex-Horn stars at Boise
Former Payson High School wrestling stars Collin and Tyler Robertson have forged a name for themselves on the Division I collegiate level.
Last season, Collin finished second in the PAC-10 Conference tournament and was one match from earning All-American honors.
Tyler recently wrapped up a successful career that was hampered the last two seasons by knee surgeries. Last spring, he received all-conference academic honors and graduated with a degree in Spanish.
After leaving Payson, both served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were bound for Brigham Young University.
After BYU dropped its wrestling program, the two transferred to Boise State University.
Both were state champions at Payson High School.
After preparing in grueling practice sessions most of the summer, members of the Payson High School wrestling team will travel tomorrow (Wednesday) to Shreveport, La., where they will compete in the AAU Grand Nationals. There, the locals will be pitted against some of the best wrestlers from around the country.
Among the local grapplers coach Dave LaMotte anticipates will make the trip are George Coleman, Nathan Lee and Zack Lee.