Archers To Test Skills At Jim Jones Shooting Range May 17


Retired law enforcement officer and avid archer Les Conner hosted two 3D archery shoots last year that proved to be popular, especially among hunters.

The first, held in August, drew 45 archers. The second, four months later, attracted 24 adults and 11 children. Some couldn’t attend the second because it was held in the midst of hunting season.

Due to the success of the two inaugural shoots, Conner has scheduled a third to be held May 17 at the Tonto Rim Sports Club Jim Jones Shooting Range.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the shoot starts one hour later.

The registration fee is $30 for families, $20 for adults and $15 for youth 14 to 18 years of age. Children under 14 years may enter for free.

The competition is open to the public.

In 3D competition, targets are not always the circle bull’s-eye variety, rather, archers walk the new archery course at the shooting range firing arrows at McKenzie life-sized, foam, three-dimensional targets.

The targets were of bear, deer, mountain lion and other wild animals.

“There are 14 targets and they’re shot at twice from different distances, making 28 targets,” Conner said.

The sports club has purchased the targets especially for the shoots.

Among the archers who have shined in the competition is Tom Gonzales.

Last fall, he took first in the men’s compound bow division and claimed honors in clout shooting by sinking an arrow in a bull’s-eye target from 98 yards away.

Conner called it, “A great shot.”

Others who have shined in the competitions include Steve Iverson, Chris Wolf, Ken Krump and Crystal Slaughter.

Among the younger set, winning archers have included Blake Iverson, John Hughes and Karmyn Randall.

For more information about the upcoming event, call TRSC Public Relations Officer Charles Thompson at (928) 468-1521.

Track party

Payson High School track and field teams will hold their traditional awards ceremony at 6 p.m., May 18 at Green Valley Park. For it, the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) Club will host a cook-out. For more information, call (928) 474-2233.

No youth triathlon

Due to budgetary constraints and staffing, the town parks and recreation department will not hold the youth portion of the upcoming sprint triathlon.

The adult event will be held as originally scheduled. For more information, call (928) 474-5242 or visit

Calling all baseball players

Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition will be held from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, May 16, on Kiwanis fields at Rumsey Park. The event is open to all aspiring players 7 to 14 years of age and is free of charge. Participants should bring their own glove, but other equipment will be provided.

In pitching, entrants have six tries to hit a strike zone from 45 feet away.

The hitting involves measuring players’ longest three hits off of a tee.

The distance from the center of the field is then subtracted from the total distance to get an adjusted score.

Local winners will represent Payson in the Arizona team championships in June.

Call Joe Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.


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