Town of Payson Athletic coordinator Trevor LaHaye is emphatically reminding parents and their young children that registration is now open for fifth- and sixth-grade basketball. It will close Nov. 30. The registration fee is $30 per athlete, which includes a Town of Payson reversible basketball jersey. All games will be played Dec. 4 to Jan. 22 at Rim Country Middle School gymnasium on Friday evenings and Saturdays.
Registration for the third- and fourth-grade basketball will be Jan. 3 to Jan. 21. Games will be played Jan. 29 to Feb. 26, also at RCMS.
On the adult scene, registration is now being taken for the men’s and women’s volleyball league and will continue until Dec. 1. Games are scheduled for Dec. 6 to Jan. 28 at RCMS.
LaHaye says he hopes to have enough teams to offer both competitive and recreational divisions. The entry fee of $200 includes regular season play and an end of the year double elimination tournament. All participants must be at least 16 years of age.
For more information, call LaHaye at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.
Trot on Saturday
The town-sponsored Turkey Trot 5K will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13 at Green Valley Park.
Early registration wrapped up Nov. 1 and the entry fee has increased to $25 from $20. Check-in and a race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at GVP. There are no T-shirt guarantees for race day registrations.
On the town’s outdoors recreation calendar, Payson Area Trail System (PATS) hikes will be held Nov. 20 and Dec. 4, both to begin at 9 a.m.
On Nov. 20, the hike will be from the Payson Event Center to Peach Orchard Trailhead, and the Dec. 4 will be along Cypress Trail and Boulder Loop Trail.
The Peach Orchard hike is about four miles in length and is described as “moderate” in difficulty.
Hikers will meet at the event center and a shuttle will be set up to get hikers back to the center at the end of the hike.
Along the way, participants will take in views of the Mazatzal Mountain Range and visit riparian areas areas and old mining ruins.
Organizers describe the Cypress and Boulders Loop Trails as offering views of Granite Dells.
The hike beings at the east end of Phoenix Street at the Cypress Trail access, and goes around Boulder Loop before returning to the original start.
It is about five miles and also described as “moderate” in difficulty.
Studying wild game
The Arizona Game and Fish Department, along with the town, will host a waterfowl natural history seminar from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17. For the younger set, that date is a one-half day of school, which will allow district students to attend the seminar. Mike Rabe, the A. G. & F’s Migratory Game Bird Supervisor, will be on hand to lead the seminar. It will include a slide show, followed by identification of waterfowl at Green Valley Park. Participants should bring binoculars, but some loaners will be available.
Registration closes Nov. 12.