Register For Youth Wrestling Program Now

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It’s not too late for parents to register their children for the upcoming Little Longhorn Wrestling program.

Registration began Jan. 11 and will continue to Feb. 11. The fee is $25 and the program is open to students in grades three through eight. The camp begins Feb. 23 and continues for four weeks.

Among those who will help conduct the camp is town youth sports coordinator Joseph Harris.

He’s particularly fond of the program because he’s also a Payson High School assistant wrestling coach and knows the program is the foundation where Longhorn wrestlers are molded.

“Be a part of the future wrestling team for Payson High School,” says Harris.

At the conclusion of the camp, a tournament will be held in Wilson Dome.

A bonus, Harris says, is that each camper has the option of volunteering to assist at the Arizona State High School Dual Meet State Championship to be contested Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 in Wilson Dome.

That opportunity will give fledgling grapplers an up close and personal glimpse of high school wrestling at its finest.

To learn more, contact the parks department Monday through Thursday at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

Group hike planned

Like to hike, but not sure where to go? Join parks and recreation hiking instructors for a Payson Area Trails System group-led hike on the Monument Peak Loop Trail Saturday, Feb. 13 starting at 9 a.m. Participants will meet at the Monument Peak Loop Trailhead, which is approximately 3.3 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road. The hike is three miles long and is easy hiking, with a mostly crushed granite trail surface and only a few inclines. Expect a little seasonal water on the trail. This is a free event to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but participants can also register the day of the event. Please call the Payson Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 474-5242, ext. 358 for more information, or visit www.paysonparks.com.

Watchable wildlife

Learn where and when to look for wildlife from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18. The fee is $5 and it will be held at the parks and recreation office, 1000 W. Country Club Drive. Space is limited, so register early. For details, call the parks and recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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