Now that the 2010 state high school wrestling tournament has wrapped up, and plans for a team tournament championship have been scrapped, Payson High coaches, including Joseph Harris — also town recreation coordinator — are turning their attention toward the upcoming Little Longhorn Wrestling camp.
Although the original deadline to sign up was Feb. 11, Harris says registration will remain open until the camp tips off on Feb. 23. The fee is $25 and the program is open to students in the third through eighth grades. Once camp opens, it will continue for four weeks.
Among those assisting as volunteer coaches will be varsity wrestlers.
Harris has a special affinity for the program because he knows it is the foundation that molds Longhorn wrestlers of the future.
Originally the campers were to be allowed the option of volunteering to assist at the Arizona State High School Dual Meet Championships on Feb. 19 and 20 in Wilson Dome. However, with the cancellation of that tournament, there will be no option to volunteer.
Harris said he did not know why the dual meet championship was canceled except some coaches “were on the fence about whether to host it and then decided not to.”
To learn more about the upcoming camp, contact the parks department Monday through Thursday at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
Friends of NRA dinner, auction
The Zane Grey Friends of NRA is hosting their Annual Dinner and Auction. It will be held at the Mazatzal Casino Saturday, Feb. 20. Doors open at 5 p.m.
For ticket reservations, please call Tallie at (928) 474-3630 or (928) 595-0546 or stop by the office of Hinshaw Associates at 405B W. Main Street.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes
Tai Chi and Qigong classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community, 807 W. Longhorn Road. This program is especially designed for seniors 50 years or older, but is beneficial for all ages. The low-impact exercises help increase flexibility, boost immune power and improve balance and coordination.
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and gym shoes should be worn. The program is free to seniors, although donations are appreciated.
For further information, contact Christine Harrison at (928) 468-1983 or e-mail cwailand@npg cable.com.
Arizona Elk Society
The Arizona Elk Society, a statewide nonprofit 501 c-3 organization based in Phoenix, is hard at work gearing up for its 9th Annual Banquet March 20, 2010. The money raised at the banquet funds wildlife habitat restoration and improvements across the state for the benefit of elk and other wildlife.
This year, the Arizona Elk Society is proud to be auctioning three of the Special Commissioners Big Game Tags. These include the commissioner’s elk tag, commissioner’s buffalo tag and the commissioner’s antelope tag. The season for these tags runs from Aug. 15, 2010 to Aug 14, 2011. For information on open hunting areas, please see the AZGFD Web site.
Buying one of these tags is a great opportunity to help out Arizona’s wildlife management and possibly harvest a great animal. Along with the commissioner tags, there will be some great big game hunts in the auction.
Those interested in donating to the AES, looking for information on the Commissioner Tags or the banquet and other events, please visit the Web site at www.arizonaelk society.org. Banquet tickets are also available online.