Basketball Registration For 5th, 6th Grades Closes Nov. 30

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Registration is now open for fifth and sixth grade basketball in the town youth league. 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 and women’s volleyball league and will continue until Dec. 1. Games are scheduled for Dec. 6 to Jan. 28 at RCMS.

Recreation coordinator Trevor LaHaye says he hopes to have enough teams to offer both competitive and recreational division. 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.

Upcoming hikes

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 area 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.

Final four tomorrow

The semifinal round of the 2010 3A football tournament will be played tomorrow, Nov. 20 at Paradise Valley High School.

A 4 p.m. No. 2 Blue Ridge takes on No. 3 Florence. That clash will be followed by a 7 p.m. game pitting No. 1 Show Low vs. No 4. Snowflake.

The Cougars and Lobos have been rivals since the late 1970s when Show Low High School first opened draining Snowflake High School of Show Low area students who were bused there for decades.

There were those in the White Mountains who predicted Show Low High would become dominate in football because most of the Snowflake finest athletes from earlier years were from the Show Low area.

However, it wasn’t until 1983 that a Show Low high school football team finally beat Snowflake.

That win set up the mother of all celebrations in Show Low that spilled over into Snowflake when Cougar backers drove to the town, built a bonfire near the main street and continued to celebrate.

The two schools continue to be heated rivals and that won’t change tomorrow evening at PVHS.

Almost everyone is predicting a Blue Ridge vs. Show Low championship final on Nov. 27 at Northern Arizona University.

But, hey, it’s the state tournament and upsets are commonplace.

That’s what makes the tournament so exciting.

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