New Times Announced For Basketball Games

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Start times for region boys and girls basketball games have been changed.

When basketball schedules were released two weeks ago, start times were listed at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Those were the start times for basketball games when Payson High was a member of the Class 4A Grand Canyon region.

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East region game times this season will be 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. -- one-half hour different than last season.

Now that PHS is a member of the 3A East, all region games will begin at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. instead.

The varsity girls and freshmen boys play at 6 p.m. The freshmen girls and varsity boys play at 7:30 p.m. The junior varsity teams play at 4:30 p.m.

Since all East schools have at least two gyms, both boys' and girls' games will be played at the same sites.

Nonregion game times and playing locations on the original PHS schedules remain the same.

Individual admission tickets to all East region games are now $5 for adults and $4 for students. Last season, tickets were $4 and $3.

In addition to individual tickets, a variety of passes are available for purchase.

The options include a $120 family pass that will be accepted at all sports events this school year.

Payson High School athletic director Dave Bradley warns, however, that the pass is valid only for immediate family members living in the same home.

"Not cousins, aunts and uncles," he said.

For $55, family passes to either boys or girls basketball only may be purchased. A basketball family pass to both boys' and girls' games is available for $65.

According to Bradley, the $55 family passes are not being sold for wrestling because the Longhorns probably will not have enough home dual meets to justify the cost.

Student passes for all sports are $30 and individual adult passes are $42.

Call (928) 474-2233 for more information.

Registration jumps $5

Early registration for the town of Payson-sponsored Turkey Trot ended at 5 p.m. Nov. 11, which means registration fees have increased from $15 to $20. But that doesn't mean walkers and runners can't still enjoy a fun, healthy experience at the annual event, set to begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at Green Valley Park.

Registrations continue to be accepted at the P&R department offices located at 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

On the day of the race near the Veteran's Memorial, late sign ups will begin about 7 a.m.

Following the 3.1-mile walk/run, awards will be given to the winners of eight age divisions and the overall male and female race winners.

At the 2004 Turkey Trot, a pair of runners with Payson High School cross country and track ties ran to first place showings.

In the men's competition, David Cluff, a Horn cross country team member the past three seasons, took first in 17:18. Cluff was entered in the 13- to 19-year age group.

Among the women, former Lady Longhorn running sensation Rachelle Jones was first in 20:35.00. Jones, now a Northern Arizona University student, was participating in the 20- to 29-year age group.

Four men's competitors toured the course in less than 18 minutes. In addition to Cluff, Tanner Morgan (17:28), Carlan Pontious (17:33) and Carlos Lopez (17:47) were the leaders. Pontious and Lopez are members of the Longhorn cross country team along with Cluff. Morgan, a former team member, was an Arizona Coaches Association cross country all-star three years ago.

The toughest competition for Jones came from Julia Cluff, who was timed in 22:57.

A total of 92 runners competed last fall.

For more information about the Turkey Trot, call the P&R Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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