What a fine gesture it was for the Longhorn wrestlerettes to donate the proceeds from their benefit spaghetti dinner to the family of Julia Wright.
Julia died last week in an ATV accident east of Beaver Valley.
She was a junior at Payson High School and a member of the wrestlerettes.
Pat Heizer, the group’s coach and sponsor, said the girls donated their hard-earned money because they wanted to help with Julia’s funeral expenses. The funeral was held Jan. 24 at Mountain Bible Church.
The money the girls raised was to be used to pay the expenses of the wrestlerettes’ Feb. 12 to 14 trip to Prescott. The girls have a goal to be there to support the wrestling team during the 3A state tournament.
A gesture as equally as generous as what the wrestlerettes did would be for townspeople to drop off a donation at the high school designating it for the trip to Prescott.
The girls were willing to make sacrifices to help their fallen classmate, maybe it’s time for us to step up and make sure their dreams of being at the state tournament become a reality.
The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Watchable Wildlife seminar from 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 18 at P&R offices in Green Valley Park. The fee is $5.
Trails and Outdoor Coordinator Mary McMullen says the course is an opportunity to learn where and when to look for wildlife, as well as steps for successful wildlife viewing in the Rim Country.
Arizona Game and Fish Urban and Watchable Wildlife Program Manager Joe Yarchin will present the program. Topics to be covered include how to view wildlife responsibly to minimize impact on the animals and the habitat.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7, for more information.
Senior students at Payson High School who have lettered in two varsity sports or one sport and band are eligible for the first-ever Ted Pettet Scholarships valued at $2,000 each.
The Mogollon Sporting Association, of which Pettet is a co-founder, is funding the new scholarships, which will go to one boy and one girl.
For more information, contact the school’s guidance office.
Sign up now for Little League
Registration for the 2009 Little League season has begun for all aspiring softball and baseball players between the ages of 6 and 14.
Registration forms are available at the National Bank of Arizona and online at: www.eteamz.com/payson
Forms can be turned in to National Bank of Arizona weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Players must bring a copy of their birth certificate.
The registration fee is $75 for the first player and $70 for each additional child in the same family.
Officials say no child will be turned away for financial reasons — scholarships will be available.
Players who sign up before Feb. 6 will receive free tickets to a celebrity baseball game Feb. 8 in Scottsdale Stadium.
Tryouts for boys and girls ages 9 to 12 years will begin at 10 a.m., Feb. 28 on the two Rumsey west fields, sometimes known as the Kiwanis fields.
Also, the league is in need of even more adult volunteers.
“If you would like to volunteer to help Payson Little League, please submit an application available at National Bank or online at www.eteamz.com/paysonlittle
league,” LL official Jeri Stockman said.
“A copy of your driver’s license will be required to volunteer.”