Presentation On Alaskan Sled Dogs Tonight

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Don’t forget tonight to stop by Mountain Bible Church this evening, Jan. 15, to enjoy Dr. Alan Hallman’s sure to be excellent seminar on the Iditarod sled dog race.

The presentation, which begins 6 p.m., will also include door prizes and refreshments.

The last time Dr. Hallman made a presentation at the local church, Feb. 16, 2012, he drew an overflow audience, which organizers are again expecting.

At the first seminar, he spoke on his veterinary work with the sled dogs competing in The Yukon Quest.

Today, his presentation will center on the Iditarod, which after beginning in Anchorage continues to the finish line in Nome. The race can take nine to 15 days to finish.

For the race, Hall will be on the staff of volunteer veterinarians from around the world.

It is their job to look after the health of the dogs as they compete in sub-zero Alaskan temperatures.

Anyone who has enjoyed one of Hallman’s presentations realizes he has a deep admiration and respect for the sled dogs whom he calls “Elite marathon athletes.”

Coach slates mat camp

All great high school sports programs are built on the foundation of comprehensive youth offerings that build interest and help mold the fledgling athletes for later years.

Payson High wrestling coach Casey Woodall realizes the importance of building his program from the ground up, which is one of the reasons he’s hosting the upcoming Junior Longhorn Wrestling Camp.

It will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 in the Wilson Dome wrestling room.

The camp is open to boys in grades three through eight and will be coached by Woodall and his staff with help from some of the varsity wrestlers.

The $30 fee includes a Longhorn wrestling T-shirt. All fees benefit the high school wrestling program.

Registration, which opened Jan. 14, may be completed at the Payson Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park or at:www.paysonrim country.com/ParksRec.aspx

Hoop Bonanza

Payson’s version of the Phoenix Suns Bonanza Skills Basketball competition begins 9 a.m., Jan. 26 in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium. The event is open, free of charge, to both boys and girls, ages 9 to 14 years of age.

In the competition, boys and girls will participate in one of six age/sex divisions: 9-10 years; 11-12 years; and 13-14 years.

In the local event, players can compete in one or all of two basketball contests — hot shot and three-point shoot-out.

In the hot shot competition, players begin on a referee’s whistle at the half-court line and must dribble into shooting range where they must shoot from a minimum of three different locations, of seven pre-designated spots, during a one-minute period.

Each shot location will be assigned a point value based on its difficulty.

Those who attempt shots from each of the seven locations will receive a five-point bonus.

The youngster scoring the most points in the time period will be deemed the division winner.

In the three-point shoot-out, a rack of five balls will be placed at five locations around the three-point line, 19 feet, 9 inches from the baskets.

Each player will have one minute to shoot as many times as possible around the arc. Each successful shot with one of the first four balls on the rack is worth one point. The fifth ball, deemed the “money ball,” is worth two points.

The winners of the local competition will be eligible to advance to a statewide Basketball Bonanza in Phoenix.

At the state level, players can compete in just one skill contest.

Complete rules are available at the parks and recreation offices at Green Valley Park.

Call Mary Wolf at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

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