Lady Horns Welcome Community Support

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A great gesture would be for students, parents, fans and boosters to show up today, Friday, and tomorrow in Wilson Dome and old PHS gymnasium to support the Lady Longhorn volleyball team as it plays in the Payson Invitational. There’s no admission charge, thus no excuse for not backing our hometown team.

Coach Arnold Stonebrink, assistant Jadyn Walden and the girls have worked long and hard since the onset of the summer improving their skills and conditioning in order to represent themselves, their families and school to the best of their abilities.

They deserve our support.

And while you’re there, don’t forget to hoot and holler their every play.

All athletes, no matter the level, from Little League to professionals, relish cheering sections and the support of their fans.

In addition to cheering on the Lady Horns, fans will have the opportunity to see some of the top teams in the state play. The tournament has drawn 18 teams representing Class 1A to 5A.

The Northern Arizona reservation schools, which usually are among the best in the state, will be well represented with Chinle, Tuba City, Ganado and Window Rock.

ASU comes to Payson

Mary McMullen, trails and outdoors recreation coordinator, says she received a recent phone call from Crystal Kanyuck, a reporter for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State. The reporter says she and a video crew will be in Payson Tuesday, Sept. 8 to do a feature on the town’s Elk Watching Workshop.

The workshop will be held at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 8 at the Payson Police Department meeting room.

McMullen says the workshop has filled and there is a waiting list.

“We didn’t know how well this watchable wildlife program would be received, but the turnout is tremendous,” she said.

Among those to be on hand to lead the workshop will be former PHS teacher-coach Bruce Sitko, now an Arizona Game and Fish officer. He will be joined by Randy Babb.

The workshop includes a trip to near Green Valley where elk viewing sessions will be held.

Also from McMullen

McMullen is also excited that “Hurray — It’s a Half-Day” program for elementary-aged school children will soon be a town recreation offering.

“It is in line with our focus to get kids into the outdoors,” McMullen said.

It will be run by Michael Rose and his GeoKidz program which was the subject of a feature article in the sports section of the June 9 Payson Roundup.

McMullen says the town program will incorporate experimental, nature-based activities and field trips for kids to keep them busy and in nature while parents work.

“I think it is a fantastic opportunity for our Rim Country children to experience the outdoors in a safe environment,” McMullen said.

The only problem is, enrollment is not yet up to expectations and Rose and McMullen would like more children to become involved in the program.

The first class will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Drop off and pick up of children will be at Rumsey Park. Each program will include a field trip via a school bus.

Tackle Box hosts sign-up

Call or stop by the Tackle Box (928-479-2493) in Tonto Basin to sign up for the upcoming two-man bass, crappie and catfish fishing tournament that will benefit the Tonto Basin Little Red Schoolhouse.

The tournament will be held safelight to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at Roosevelt Lake with weigh-in at the Windy Hill Launch Ramp.

The entry fee is $110, of which, $60 will go to the Little Red Schoolhouse Fund and $50 to payouts to winning fishermen.

Payouts will be awarded to first through fifth places for a five-fish limit (one slot fish per angler) and a $25 big fish option.

The limit for crappie is 10 and is three for catfish.

Although the tournament will be the highlight of the day, a barbecue lunch, raffle and awards ceremony will be held at the Butcher Hook after the weigh-in. Two lunches and two raffle tickets are included in the tournament entry fee.

Additional raffle tickets will be available at the barbecue for $1 each or six for $5.

Additional barbecue tickets are $5 per person.

The Butcher Hook will liven up with music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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