Young Athletes Featured This Weekend


Athletes among the Payson High underclassmen will have plenty of opportunities Dec. 10 to hone their skills for the days when they will be varsity competitors.

Both the junior varsity wrestling team and the Lady Longhorn frosh will be in action in clashes that do not appear on early editions of PHS sports schedules.


Girls basketball will be fast and furious Dec. 10 in Wilson dome, where the PHS frosh meet Camp Verde and Sinagua.

The wrestling match, which is expected to draw about 10 teams to Payson, will begin at 8 a.m. in Wilson dome and continue into the afternoon hours.

The showdown will allow mat fans the opportunity to preview a foursome of Payson High School fledgling wrestlers that were at their best during a junior varsity multi-meet held Nov. 28 at Marana Mountain View.

Taylor Byers (103), Jordan Bulcher (125), Dan McGee (135) Issac Cluff (135), Nick Goodman (152) and Steel Armstrong (189) all compiled 4-0 records during the tournament and drew praise from coach Rich Ormand.

He described the wrestlers as aggressive on their feet and tenacious.

In old PHS gymnasium, the Lady Longhorns will join Camp Verde and Sinagua in a round robin of games.

Athletic Director Dave Bradley said the series was added to the schedule to replace some freshman games that were not played because opponents do not have frosh teams.

The round robin tips off at 10 a.m. with Payson taking on Camp Verde. At 11:30, Camp Verde plays Sinagua and at 1 p.m. Payson challenges Sinagua.

There is no admission charge to the wrestling match or the basketball games.

Youth hoop sign up

Registration for third- and fourth-grade basketball ends Dec. 14. League play begins in early January.

Those who register after the deadline will be placed on teams only if space permits. The registration fee is $20 per player which includes a minimum of 10 games, a team T-shirt and a season ending pizza party.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

10K's return

It's been long time since the Rim Country hosted a 10K run.

The last one, the Christopher Creek to Kohl's Ranch Run for MS went by the wayside about 10 years ago. The event once drew the support of the Lions Club, but even its backing couldn't keep the 10K on track.

The 6.2-mile course, which began on Highway 260 in front of the Creekside restaurant and extended west on the highway until winding south through Camp Tontozona and wrapping up behind Kohl's Ranch, was one of the most scenic in the state.

Many who enjoyed the run regret it is no longer a part of the Rim sports scene.

Without it, the Payson Parks and Recreation Department has stepped up to provide a replacement. The P&R's offerings, which once only included 5K runs, will now feature the 10K Resolution Run. In it, will also be a two-mile fun run.

The event begins at 9 a.m. Jan. 28 in Green Valley Park.

Registration is now being accepted for the run. The entry fee is $15 for those who register before the day of the race. On race day, the fee increases to $20.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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