Although no standings are compiled in the Town of Payson Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Basketball League, there is plenty of gung-ho fire and zeal occurring among the players.
“Overall the athletes seem to be participating at a very competitive level as each game is very close,” said town athletics coordinator Trevor LaHaye.
Most importantly about the youth league is that the athletes are receiving top-notch coaching
from experienced coaches whose goal is the best interests of the players.
“Each team is being led by a veteran Town of Payson coach; all doing an excellent job with these young kids,” said LaHaye “This
will get the kids ready for the middle school season that starts up right after the Town of Payson season ends.”
Coaches include Cameron Davis and Dan Way for the Suns and Steve Perry and Maria Cohen for the Grizzlies. The husband and wife team of Jared and Kadi Tenney coach the Heat and John Davis and Randy Herrera head up the Magic.
“These coaches offer the kids the best instruction they could ask for on and off the court,” said LaHaye
Play started Oct. 23 and continues Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 4. Games are played at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays at the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. Friday games are played at 7:30 p.m., also at RCMS.
The next challenge for LaHaye is to get the fifth- and sixth-grade basketball program up and running. Registration for the league has opened and will continue until Nov. 26. Games begin Dec. 11 and will continue until Jan. 22, 2011 at RCMS.