Good Training Helps Athletes Reach Goals


Good athletes are always searching for ways to improve their performances.

A Valley-based training program that claims it can help athletes attain those goals will be explained at 6:30 p.m. April 28 in Wilson Dome.

The sports training company Omnibalance will present the program, which is intended for the Club Rim volleyball teams, but the public is welcome to attend.

On hand will be Tony Pearson, personal trainer and founder of the fitness program that he says is devoted to youth wellness.

Pearson also says that Omnibalance's goal is to help individuals discover his or her potential through fitness and athletic training.

Pearson has been working with athletes for nearly a decade and began his sports training background as an understudy to Denver Broncos' strength coach Cedric Smith.

Pearce was featured about a year ago in Teen Magazine.

Among those currently training with Omnibalance is PHS basketball and volleyball player Rose Hardt.

Her mother, Susie Johnson, lauds the Omnibalance program as one that can improve physical condition and performances.

There is no charge for Monday's presentation.

Seniors sights set on Disneyland

The Payson High School Class of 2008 would like to take a graduation trip to Disneyland.

But first, they need to earn the money to make the California jaunt.

Among the benefits they are hosting to earn the money is an all-comers volleyball tournament set to begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 26 in Wilson Dome.

"We are asking for all kinds of participants from the high school, middle school and community," senior Lisa Bartoli said.

"Teams can be co-ed, and players must be 12 years of age or older. The cost to enter will be $30 per team, with a minimum of six players."

In addition to hosting the tournament as a way to fund the Disneyland trip, the seniors will hold a car wash from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 in front of Auto Zone.

"It will be for donations," Bartoli said. "We are inviting everyone to come out and get their car or truck washed."

This school year to earn even more class money, the seniors have also hosted dances and have sold T-shirts and sweatshirts through the school bookstore.

"Our class feels the need to fund-raise because having money in our senior account is critical to leave a gift to Payson High School, especially since the class of 2008 is the 50th graduating class of PHS," Bartoli said. "We want to leave behind something really great."

Entry forms to the volleyball tournament are available at the Payson Roundup, located at 708 N. Beeline Highway.

D-backs to host Little League

The Arizona Diamondbacks have declared May 18 to be "Payson Little League Day" at Chase Field in Phoenix.

The game to be played that day will pit the hometown Diamondbacks against the Detroit Tigers.

With every ticket sold, the Diamondbacks will donate $2 to the Payson Little League program.

Also, the local Little Leaguers will participate in a pre-game parade around the Chase Field warning tracks. The first 5,000 in the ballpark, will receive D-backs trading carts.

Game time is 1:10 p.m.

Tickets to the game are available from local Little League players, coaches and other volunteers.

Tickets must be purchased before May 9.

For more information, call Ken at (480) 231-3674.

School sports physical

The Payson School District is offering discounted physical exams from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 in Wilson Dome.

That will be a half-day schedule for PUSD students. The fee is $10 and the exams are open to any student who will be playing middle school or high school sports during the 2008-2009 school year.

To take advantage of the physicals, students must pick up a physical and parent permission form at the school where they will be playing sports next year.

For example, eighth-graders should pick up forms at the high school and elementary students going to middle school next year should pick up forms at RCMS.

The student-athletes must take the completed forms and the $10 fee with them to the physical exams.

For more information, call (928) 474-2233 or (928) 474-4511.

HOSA to host golf tournament

The Payson High School Health Occupation Students of America will be holding a golf tournament May 10 at Payson Golf Course.

The fee is $80 per player.

HOSA is a student organization committed to recruiting qualified young people interested in pursuing a career in the health care profession. Last year, the Payson chapter of HOSA conducted CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) training for high school faculty and staff. Funds from the golf tournament will be used to purchase AEDs and place them in locations throughout the community.

The cost of the devices is about $1,200 per unit.

For more information or to enter the golf tournament, call James Vandruff at (928) 978-5276 or Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

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