Lady Longhorn basketball coach Kelly Krieg is hoping to build her program from the ground up by attracting aspiring players to youth camps.
She says her goal is “having a fun basketball camp in which we can build skills and have a positive experience with the game of basketball.”
Another of her goals is to develop in the young athletes “a love of the game.”
As the daughter of a high school basketball coach, Krieg knows what the experiences gained at a youth camp can mean down life’s road.
“Some of my best memories of basketball were attending my dad’s camps when I was in elementary and junior high school,” she said.
The opportunity to experience the thrills of attending hoop camp will occur June 11 and 12 at the inaugural Lady Horn Basketball Camp for players entering the third- through eighth-grades.
Two-a-day sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. in Wilson Dome.
Krieg is hoping to attract 30 to 40 day campers, but says, “We would love to have as many as we can get.”
During the two days Krieg and her fellow coaches, which could include some varsity athletes, will teach basic skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and moving without the ball. Of course, anyone who watched Krieg coach last season knows she will undoubtedly include sportsmanship and character building in the camp curriculum.
There will also be some fun games and scrimmages.
The registration fee is $30 and sign-up can be done at: www.paysonrimcountry.com/activities or by calling (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
Little League golf
A Little League benefit golf tournament will be played tomorrow, May 1, at Payson Golf Course.
The four-man scramble tees off at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. The fee is $65 per player and all profits benefit Payson Little League.
Tournament chairman Duane Kaufman anticipates a banner day saying the fray has attracted two sponsors for each hole and there will be a variety of fun contests and competitions including closest to the pin, longest drive and a big screen television prize for any entrant who scores an ace on No. 14.
Kaufman also is planning a “Las Vegas Hole” in which players can wager on setting their tee shot into an eight-foot circle around a par 3 hole.
Following the 18-hole tournament, a lunch will be served during the awards ceremony.
For more information, call Kaufman at (928) 978-1946 or Bob Ferkol at (928) 978-3772.
Gila Trout Chapter #530 of Trout Unlimited is having its first fund-raising banquet Saturday, May 8 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. To get a ticket, call Dorothy at (928) 472-7396 or e-mail email@example.com.
Cocktails, from a cash bar, will be served starting at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and auctions.
The evening’s guest speaker will be Jim Burl of www.adventuresinfishing.com, a professional guide from Oregon, specializing in the Deschutes and McKenzie rivers.
All proceeds will benefit habitat restoration on streams under the Mogollon Rim and the East Verde River, and continuing the Trout in the Classroom project at Payson High and Julia Randall Elementary schools.
The 15th Annual Payson Wildlife Fair is expected to draw hundreds to Green Valley Park when it is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May. 8. It offers a myriad of free activities including fishing and outdoor games.
The fair is a cooperative effort of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Mogollon Sporting Association, U.S. Forest Service and the Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.
For the event, fishing opportunities will be greatly enhanced by a stocking of trout that will be twice the amount usually placed in the lake.
Each year since it was founded 15 years ago inside Rim Country Middle School gymnasium, the Wildlife Fair has grown in leaps and bounds. It now attracts hundreds of visitors from around Gila County and the Valley area.
It is especially popular among the younger set who enjoy the free fishing, angling lessons, children’s game and the fascinating glimpses of wildlife.