From the Payson healthcare system, Kristi Ford, Peggy Malling, Erica Overton, Sharon Plumb, Brian Ruder, Susan Settle and Linda Swartwood volunteered.
By having physicals in the springtime and prior to the onset of fall sports, the athletes are eligible to participate in volleyball, football, cross country or soccer practices when they begin in August.
Often, those who do not take advantage of the spring exams cannot practice during opening days because they don't have the physical results turned into the school.
And scheduling a private exam during the hectic days before school opens can be almost impossible.
Which means, those who are not eligible to practice during opening days often fall behind others and are not ready to go full tilt once games kick off.
Camps, dance at Pine school
Pine Strawberry Elementary School is hosting a Basketball Camp registration meeting at 12:30 p.m. May 24 in the school gym.
School superintendent-principal Mike Clark says if enough interest is shown, the basketball camp will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 2 to 26.
Former Lady Longhorn hoop star Ashli Hererra will host the camp.
Also at the school, registration for a possible martial arts summer camp is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 24 in the gym.
The camp will be held each Saturday from June 7 to July 26.Classes will be Karate, Judo, Tai Chi, Jui Jutstu and Tae Kwon-Do.
Mark Williams, a martial arts instructor with more than 25 years experience, will teach the classes.
Fees could be charged for the two sports camps.
Clark said Matt Roxburgh, the parent of a 6th-grade student, organized both programs.
The school is also hosting, free of charge, summer dance classes taught by Patti Lawrence.lasses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon each Tuesday from June 25 to July 15. Children ages 3 to 13 years may participate. Classes will be held in the gym.
For more information, call (928) 476-3283.
Ace took plenty of practice
Troy Neal remains modest about the recent hole-in-one he tallied while playing in a Payson Men's Golf Association tournament.
He says it only took him 50 years to get his first ace, and he's hit enough practice balls to fill Sun Devil Stadium.
Although the former high school basketball coach turned rancher has always been humble, he's usually good for a solid bit of advice.
Janet Cline told the latest to him.
It goes, "Life's not about surviving the storm, it's about dancing in the rain."