Swimmers Can Compete In First Community Meet

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A first-ever communitywide swim meet will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 30 at Taylor Pool.

While the program is still be planned by parent coordinator Chris Giarrizzo, town recreation leader Deb Rose and Pikes swim team coach Wendy Ward, the meet will be open to swimmers of all ages for a registration fee of $5. Swimmers will compete in age groups from 6-years-and-under to 70-years-and-older.

Swimmers will be allowed to compete in three events.

The possibilities are freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and individual medley.

Lifeguard relays will also be featured.

Giarrizzo also anticipates a snack bar will be open and a silent auction will be held.

For more information, call Ward at (928) 468-0137 or log onto www.paysonparks.com.

Devils escaping?

Could the opportunity to host a national-class girls softball camp in Payson be slipping through our fingers?

Town Recreation Specialist Charlene Hunt, who was instrumental in convincing Arizona State University Sun Devils coach Clint Myers to host a camp June 23 to 25 at Rumsey Park, believes losing the camp is a possibility.

It’s because only six girls have registered for the camp, none from Payson.

“I think Clint will set a deadline and if it’s not filled by then, the camp will be canceled,” said Hunt.

Hunt went after the camp, taking it from the White Mountains arguing that hosting the camp would be a boon for the Rim Country and also a great opportunity for local softball players to learn the game from the coach who last year led the Sun Devils to a 66-5 record and the NCAA national championship.

“We did heavily pursue (the camp),” Hunt said. “We think it will be good for the players, coaches and hopefully a boost for the local economy.”

PHS Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman has also thrown his support behind the camp.

The camp fee is $300 and the coaching clinic fee is $50.

Registration forms are available from Hunt at the parks office in Green Valley Park or online at: www.freewebs.com/sdscamps/

For more information, call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 260.

Wildlife Fair on Saturday

Payson’s 14th annual Wildlife will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at Green Valley Park.

The free fair is an opportunity to learn about local wildlife and the outdoors with instructors representing the Arizona Game and Fish Department and others.

The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Payson Ranger District, Mogollon Sporting Association and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Town hosts youth gold

Aspiring golfers will soon have the opportunity to enjoy four fun-filled weeks of golf instruction from experts representing Payson High School and Chaparral Pines Golf Club. Other longtime experienced players will be on hand to instruct. The fee is $30 to play golf Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays during the weeks of June 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Youths 10 to 16 years old are eligible and can register from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism office.

Camp sessions will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All golf practice and games will take place at the Payson Golf Course.

Each child who registers will receive a golf shirt as well as an end-of-season T-off at the Payson Golf Course. Equipment is provided for both right- and left-handed players. Those who want to bring their own clubs may do so.

For more information, call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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