Phs Game Sites, Time Change

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A scheduling conflict involving boys basketball and wrestling has resulted in a change of playing sites for the hoop team.

Games Dec. 7 against Fountain Hills will be played in old Payson High School gymnasium rather than Wilson dome.

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Basketball game times have changed now that Payson is aligned in the 3A East region.

In the dome, beginning at 3 p.m., the Longhorn wrestling team will host an East region multiple meet involving Show Low, Blue Ridge and Snowflake.

Basketball game times in the gymnasium will be 4 (freshmen), 5:30 (jayvee) and 7 p.m. (varsity).

In recognition of Pearl Harbor Day, the Payson High School boys basketball team is inviting all veterans and active duty personnel to a flag ceremony presented by the Civil Air Patrol Cadets.

The ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. in the PHS gym. After the posting of the colors, all veterans will be honored. All guests are invited to stay, if they wish, and watch the game after the ceremony.

Game times change

The start times for the clash against Fountain Hills are for non-region games only.

East region games begin at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The varsity girls and freshman boys play at 6 p.m. The freshman 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 this year be played at the same site.

Individual admission tickets to all East region games are now $5 for adults and $4 for students.

Youth hoop sign-ups begin

Registration for third- and fourth-grade basketball began Nov. 21, and will continue until 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.

Calling all sharpshooters

For those looking to improve their marksmanship in hopes of bagging wild game, the Jim Jones Shooting Range is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p .m. each Saturday.

The fee is $5 per person, with no charge for children under 18.

During the hours the range is available to the public, a volunteer safety officer is on duty.

The range is located south of Payson and east of Highway 87. Take the first left turn, .4 of a mile past milepost 249, then drive 1.8 miles to the range.

Originally, the range was known as Northern Gila County Shooting Range, and began operating in 1981 under a United States Forest Service special use permit.

Since its inception, the range has been developed, maintained and operated by the Tonto Rim Sports Club.

A few years ago, the facility was renamed the Jim Jones Shooting Range, in honor of the late Gila County supervisor who helped secure the permit and design the facility.

The facility features three ranges -- high-power rifle, covered training and archery.

On the high-power range, all rifles are allowed and target frames are set up at 100 and 200 yards.

The covered, training range is for pistols only, but rifles may be used during training or match shooting.

No firearms are allowed on the archery ranges, and target frames are located at 50 and 60 yards.

"It's a great facility, and we are hoping to make it even better by obtaining some grants," TRSC member Otto Weeden said.

The improvements could possibly include additional parking, a 14-lane field archery range and a picnic area.

The Tonto Rim Sports Club was founded in 1979 with an expressed purpose of encouraging organized and safe shooting among Rim Country sportsmen.

Members are taught safe handling and proper care of firearms, and have the opportunity to improve marksmanship on the range.

TRSC's creed states, "It is a further purpose of the club to foster the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team play and self-reliance. These are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of patriotism."

The club produces a monthly newsletter and hosts a number of organized monthly competitions. TRSC meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Payson American Legion building. Guests are welcome.

Membership in the TRSC is open to any United States citizen, and the yearly dues are $35.

For more information about the range or TRSC, call Weeden at (928) 472-4279.

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