Wrestlerettes Need Help Traveling To State

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Among the Payson High School wrestlerettes' goals is to support the Longhorns in their quest to win a state wrestling championship.

The only problem is the girls don't have the money needed to travel Feb. 9 and 10 to the tournament finals in Glendale.

Trip expenses can't be paid out of the school budget. So, it's up to the girls to earn the money they need.

In an effort to help the 10 wrestlerettes make the trip to Glendale, Payson Elementary School teacher and longtime wrestlerette sponsor Pat Heizer will help host a benefit steak dinner 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria.

Tickets, priced at $6 for adults, are available from Heizer, any wrestlerette or at the door.

The menu includes the usual lip-smacking delights of barbecued sirloin steak, beans, salad, baked potato, bread and Pepsi-Cola.

The steaks are cooked and meals prepared by a long list of volunteers who Heizer has assembled over the years. Also, local merchants donate many of the food items.

The benefit steak dinners, which have been held about once a month for the past two decades, have long helped support Payson School District extracurricular activities.

About the only change that's occurred over the years is the price had to be raised from $5 to $6 due to rising product costs.

Even at $6, the delicious meals are a genuine bargain.

Heizer's husband, Don, a longtime PHS coach and counselor, touts the benefit meals as more than a steak dinner.

"It's a time and place we can all gather and enjoy the fellowship of one another," he said. "These are types of things we can do in a small town."

Pat Heizer said the benefit is also well worth attending because the wrestlerettes are a hard working group deserving of a chance to travel to the state tournament.

Calling all Little Leaguers and their parents

Little League sign-ups and tryouts will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17, on the Rumsey Park south multi-purpose field.

Tryouts are for players who are "league age," 8-12 years old. League age is determined by how old the player will be on April 30, 2007.

Prospective players who are league age 8-year-olds do not need to try out unless they would like to play in the player-pitched minor league. If league age 8-year-old children do not try out, they will automatically be placed in a coach-pitch league.

All players who are league ages 9-12 years, whether they plan to play in minors or majors, must tryout unless they played on a major league team this past season.

The registration and tryouts will be the last opportunity parents have to sign up their children for Little League baseball.

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