It's important for local sports enthusiasts and parents to take time to complete the parks and recreation survey that can be found on page 3C of today's Payson Roundup print edition.
The information provided will be used to help the Payson Parks and Recreation Department plan future programs for young and old alike.
Once completed, the forms can be returned to the parks office located at Green Valley Park, faxed to (928) 472-8412 or e-mailed to mcmullen@ ci.payson.az.us.
Completing it will take only a few minutes and the information is very valuable to those designing future recreation programs for the town.
We are only one game into the prep football season but the Longhorns already have a player listed among the top three in the 3A East individual standings.
Sophomore Steel Armstrong is second in tackles with 15. Alchesay's Ethan Amos leads the region with 20.
Travis Trickey of Round Valley is third with 14.
The Horns will face Amos Oct. 6 in Payson and Trickey Oct. 20 in Eagar.
Armstrong and his teammates will have the opportunity to up their personal stats and improve their team's record to 2-0 this evening, Friday, against the Winslow Bulldogs.
Winslow coach Adam Larsen, will bring his Dogs to Payson sporting a state ranked team that is among the favorites to reach the state championship game. Winslow opened the season last week with a 39-0 victory over the Holbrook Roadrunners.
Payson will counter the powerful Bulldog Wing T offense with a 4-3 defense anchored by Armstrong at middle linebacker.
In last week's season opening win over Parker, Zach Rodgers, Kevin Conner, Zak Miller and Chris Eavenson also had solid efforts.
Offensively, B.J. Hill, Nick Goodman and Gage Conway shared the rushing load.
If Payson has a secret weapon it might be Jason Sweet who is known more for his baseball exploits than football. After not playing his junior season, Sweet returned this year, as a senior, to chalk up 81 yards rushing in just two carries against Parker. One of his carries went for 71 yards.
The Alchesay Falcons have a football player named Cassius Clay. For those who don't remember, that was Muhammad Ali's name before he changed it in the 1960s after joining the Nation of Islam.
Tickets on sale
Although there is no admission charge to the Payson Invitational Volleyball tournament Sept. 1 and 2, admission will be charged at all other regular season games. Tickets to all volleyball and football games will remain the same as last year: $5 for adults and $4 for students.
Payson High does not charge admission to soccer games. In addition to PHS 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.
For $55, family passes to football, volleyball or basketball-only may be purchased. A boys and girls basketball family pass is available for $65.