Preseason Programs For Cross Country And Girls Soccer

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PHS cross country coach Jonathan Ball is inviting all prospective runners to participate in off-season workouts at 8 a.m. weekdays.

Runners should meet on the PHS track to begin the workouts, which include running and strength training.

The workouts are not mandatory, but Ball is strongly urging all student athletes who wish to be a member of either the girls or boys team next season to take advantage of them.

Ball also reminds all prospective team members to have their physical exams completed and on file in the PHS administrative office before the start of practices on Aug. 9.

Coach sets preseason soccer

Newly hired Lady Longhorn soccer coach Amy Wilcox, herself once a PHS soccer star, is hosting off-season workouts at 8 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Rumsey Park. To participate, simply show up dressed out and ready to play.

Last call for football

Parents who have not registered their children for play in the 2010 youth football program may do so by visiting Chapman Auto Center and registering with board member Bill Mansoor.

The registration fee is $100 and parents must present a birth certificate or copy at the time of registration.

Draft day beings at noon, Saturday, July 31 at Rumsey Park.

“They (the players) really need to be signed up before that,” said football board member Pamela Way Way.

This season, the Payson football program will return to the Northern Arizona Youth Football Association — formerly the Central Arizona Youth Football Association — in which it competed for a decade before deciding last summer to depart CAYFA in favor of Northern Arizona Youth Football League.

With the move, the Payson teams will now be playing squads representing Cottonwood, Prescott, Flagstaff and other northwestern Arizona towns.

Last year, Payson played against teams from Show Low, Snowflake and Pinetop-Lakeside.

The biggest difference in the two leagues is that in the White Mountain league, players were placed on teams according to their grade level in school.

In NAYFA, players will be slotted on teams according to their size and age.

Another difference is that high school freshmen will be eligible to play if they do not turn 15 years of age before Aug. 1.

That rule was instituted partly because Flagstaff schools have eliminated freshmen programs due to budget cuts.

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