Register Now For Town Fall Sports Programs


Trevor LaHaye has only been in his job as town athletics coordinator for about a month, but he’s already gearing up for the onset of sports programs.

He announced at midweek that registration for co-ed volleyball begins Sept. 22 and ends Oct. 8.

Games, he said, will be played in the Rim Country Middle School gym and the registration fee is $200 per team.

Also, registration for Junior NBA Basketball seventh- and eighth-grade teams began on Sept. 13 and will continue to Oct. 8. Games will be played from Oct. 16 to Nov. 20 in the RCMS gym. Registration is $25 per player.

For more information, call LaHaye at (928) 474-8425, ext. 260.

Learning outdoor skills

Valley resident Scott Streich, a man with plenty of Payson ties having married the former Sonja Swartzbauer, is teaming with Arizona Game and Fish officer Henry Apfel and members of the Mogollon Sporting Association to host the inaugural “Spend a Weekend Learning Outdoor Skills” camp to be held Oct. 1 to Oct. 3 at Indian Gardens off Highway 260 east of Payson.

Streich says he, Apfel and members of the ADA and MSA will be on hand to teach “the inexperienced how to get the most out of their time in Arizona’s beautiful wildlands.”

During the course of the weekend, campers will be given opportunities to learn how to fish for trout in Rim Country lakes, participate in wildlife and nature hikes, set up a safe camp and hunt for squirrels.

Those campers who are successful in the hunt will be taught how to care for a bagged animal in the field.

The setting up camp session will include what food to bring along, how to store it and how to keep unwanted wildlife out of the camp.

On hikes, biologists will teach lessons on plants and animals in the area and help campers look for birds and other wildlife.

Apfel says that fall is a “great time to be outdoors — It is one of my favorite times of the year, the elk are bugling, the fall colors are starting to show and the mornings are crisp and cool.”

Apfel contends that the more people learn about the outdoors, they’ll be more “comfortable in the woods and spend more time enjoying them.”

During the weekend, food will be provided and cooking done by Streich Streich, who is an accomplished outdoor chef.

“I’ll be up there on the Thursday before the camp getting things set up,” he said.

Participants must bring their own camping gear and hunting or fishing license if they intend on participating in those two activities.

Campers should also bring plenty of water and binoculars if they own a pair.

Space is limited to 50 participants.

To register, call Streich at (602) 369-0713 or Apfel at (928) 476-6426.

Rally time

Scheduled for Oct. 8 to Oct. 10 at Green Valley Park, the Thunder Mountain Ride on roadways around the Rim Country 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.

Among the top prizes are 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 Hotel & Casino, Majestic Mountain Inn, Arizona Public Service, ERA Young Realty, 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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