Youths Needed To Keep Basketball Program Going

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Town recreation coordinator Trevor LaHaye, who has been at his job only about a month, is concerned that the upcoming seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league might fold.

His concerns are because registration has been slow and there might not be enough players to fill team rosters.

“If (registration) does not pick up, the league will not be able to go through,” LaHaye said.

Games are played on Saturdays in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

Registration continues through Oct. 8 and LaHaye is urging parents and their children to register as soon as possible at recreation offices located at Green Valley Park or online at http://www.paysonrimcountry.com/Activities/ParksRec .aspx.

LaHaye also reminds residents that the co-ed volleyball league has only three teams signed up and registration ends Oct. 8.

His hope is for a late surge in registration enabling the league to include both recreational and competitive divisions. The fee is $200 per team and games are played weekday evenings in the RCMS gymnasium.

For more information on basketball or co-ed volleyball, call LaHaye at (928) 474-5242, ext 260.

Big crowds bound for Payson

Promoters of the Thunder Mountain Ride, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 8 to Sunday, Oct. 10 at Green Valley Park, are predicting the event will attract thousands of visitors, some well-heeled, to the Rim Country — filling up motels, restaurants and retail stores.

The anticipated onslaught of visitors prompted the town council, at a recent meeting, to temporarily suspend an ordinance preventing homeowners from renting their houses for the weekend.

Which means visitors will have a place to stay if locals decide to rent.

There are those who have expressed their concerns that the ride might attract the true motorcycle gangs — such as the Hell’s Angels — to the Rim Country.

Town officials and promoters, however, hope that the event will cater to middle-aged motorcycle riders who during the week work as lawyers, teachers, business professionals and doctors.

Police chief Don Engler says his officers will have a show of presence, but he is one of those who believes the hard core, violent bikers will not be among the visitors.

The ride will be highlighted by live entertainment, fireworks shows, “Ride in the Pines” day runs, local and national vendors, stunt shows, food and beverage concessions, wild and fun contests and an array of prizes that include 11 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, two Yamaha motorcycles and $5,000 in cash prizes.

There will also be two special raffles to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10 at GVP for a 2010 Yamaha TR50 and a 2010 Polaris 500 ATV.

Basic entry fee into the ride is $60, which includes drawing tickets for five of the motorcycles to be given away.

The all-inclusive entry fee is $120 and includes tickets for all 13 motorcycles and a souvenir T-shirt.

The rally will be the first of its type to be held in the Rim Country where horseback and quad riding on backcountry trails has long been a popular recreational attraction.

The rally is being co-sponsored by the town tourism department along with Fargo’s Steakhouse, Mazatzal Casino, Majestic Mountain Inn, Arizona Public Service, Crabdree Insurance, Mogollon Health Alliance and others.

All proceeds from the ride benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, American Legion and Mogollon Health Alliance. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

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