Volunteers Important To Staging Rodeo


Payson Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong is known to be a master at spewing superlatives.

Early this week, he was at his grammatical best lauding the contributions of those volunteers who helped stage the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo held May 14 to 16 at the Payson Event Center.

First and foremost, Armstrong thanked Payson High School wrestling coach Travis Kopenhafer and the team members who cleaned up PEC after each performance.

“They were out there on their hands and knees cleaning,” Armstrong said. “They worked hard and did a great job.”

Armstrong also praised Dr. Olivia Morris, Star Valley RV and Trailers, the Arizona Public Service line crew, Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin and Albert Hunt and his water truck crew.

The bottom line, Armstrong said, is that it takes the volunteer efforts of many people to stage a successful rodeo.

Pitch, hit and run winners

Parks and Recreation youth sports leader Joe Harris announced at midweek the winners of Payson’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition held May 16 at Rumsey Park.

Kolton Ricke was the 7- to 8-year-old champion with 406 points. Ryan Rick accumulated 474 points to edge Kasey Chamberlin for the 9 to 10 years title. Chamberlin finished with 389 points.

In the 11 to 12 years group, Logan Morgan accumulated 635 points to take top honors.

Nick McMullen posted a whopping 850 points to win the 13 to 14 years championship.

All the winners are now eligible to advance to regional competition.

More from Harris

The P&R leader says longtime, local dancing instructor Pam DeVoe has joined forces with the P&R department to host youth tumbling classes.

DeVoe is the owner and operator of Dancin’ on the Rim dance and gymnastic studio.

“We are so excited to have DeVoe teaching our tumbling classes,” Harris said. ‘It brings our program to a whole new level.”

Classes tip off during the week of June 16 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks in the Payson High School wrestling room. All equipment will be provided.

The classes are open to children from 3 years of age to those in eighth-grade. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes will be offered. The fee is $25 and the registration deadline is May 26.

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

Town hosts youth golf

Aspiring golfers will soon have the opportunity to enjoy four fun-filled weeks of golf instruction from experts representing Payson High School and Chaparral Golf Club. Other longtime, experienced players will also 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 are eligible and can register at the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Camp sessions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. All golf practice and games will take place at Payson Golf Course.

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

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


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