Fitness Factor Out Of Funds

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Funding for the Fitness Factor program at Payson High School has dried up.

Unless new sources of revenue are found, Peggy Miles might have to discontinue the program that has proven to be popular among students eager to maintain their physical fitness.

The program, which Miles started last year, is loosely based on the television program "Fear Factor."

As part of voluntary lunchtime physical education activities, the teens receive a daily healthy snack and nutritional education. The cost of the snacks run about $15 a day.

With the original grant at an end, Miles must find a new source for the snack money. Funds also are needed to purchase PE equipment.

Those interested in helping the Fitness Factor program continue can contribute through the Credit for Kids tax program. When filling out the Credit for Kids paperwork, donors simply designate that they'd like to have their money appropriated to the program.

For more information about Fitness Factor, call Miles at (928) 474-2233.

Getting ready

There's a lull in games competition at Payson High School while winter teams gear up for the coming seasons.

Most of the campaigns will open in late November. Coach Randy Wilcox's Lady Longhorn soccer team is the last to debut. It travels Dec. 3, 5 and 6 to a tournament in Higley.

This season, with PHS now a member of the 4A conference, some athletes have been forced to make tough decisions on whether to compete in soccer or basketball.

When Payson was in the 3A conference, athletes could participate in both because soccer was played in the fall and basketball in the winter. Now both sports are played in the winter.

Raider nation on the move

The unbeaten Payson Raiders travel tomorrow (Nov. 15) to Cottonwood hoping to earn the Central Arizona Youth Football Association major division champions. For the Raiders to nail down the title, they'll have to the whip once-beaten Chino Valley Trojans.

The only loss the Trojans have suffered this season was two weeks ago to the Raiders, 34-8.

Nothing is etched in stone in the world of youth football, but the Raiders' play all season has made them a favorite to win.

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