Young Local Rider First In Bicycle Race

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Hours of practice and dedication paid off for 14-year-old Andrew Karlowski Saturday when the youngster won his first mountain bike race championship.

At a Mountain Bike Association of Arizona event held at White Tank Regional Park near Phoenix, Andrew won the Beginner's Class championship, covering the 14-mile course in about one hour and five minutes. Andrew rides a Cannondale Headshok bike and says he's looking forward to even more wins during the MBAA season.

P & R notes
Registration for the Payson Parks and Recreation Department's spring coed softball league ends Friday, April 2. Hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the P&R offices located in Green Valley Park. According to Recreation Coordinator Beth Kreider, both recreational and competitive divisions will be offered if a minimum of four teams sign up for each division. League play will begin in mid-April and continue through May. Post-season tournaments will begin in early June. The entry fee is $200 per team.

The Horton Creek hike scheduled for April 22 is a "go," Kreider said. She's lined up Dan Basinski to guide the hike and Jack Belmont, of the Plant Fair Nursery, to go along as a wildlife specialist. The trail is eight miles round trip and is rated moderately difficult.

The trek travels through the tall pines to Horton Creek Spring, which bubbles out of the base of the Mogollon Rim. Participants should be in good health and accustomed to physical activity.

The fee is $10 per person and includes transportation and a light snack and beverage after the hike. The registration deadline is April 16.

For more information, call Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272.

Good angling
Fishing prospects are said to be good at both Woods Canyon and Willow Springs lakes. Successful anglers are using baits from shore and from boats, small spinners such as Mepps or Panther Martins.

The water level at Willow Springs is down about three feet, but boats can still be launched from the ramp. The Woods Canyon store will open this weekend.

At Black Canyon, fishing should be good since Arizona Game and Fish officials recently stocked the lake with catchable-size rainbows. Powerbaits, meal worms, salmon eggs and corn have been successful for those fishing from shore. In boats, try trolling with colored flies. The water level is down about 10 feet.

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