Remember those good times you had romping on the Little League field savoring your first try at organized baseball? Those memories wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the many volunteers who annually give of their time to ensure play goes on without a hitch.
Even though baseball season is months away, new Payson Little League President Stephanie Dvorak is assembling her crew of volunteers which will oversee play in the 2000 season.
According to Dvorak one of the most integral parts of the Little League puzzle is a player agent.
"The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, computer literate and have a general knowledge of baseball," she said.
The initial duties of the agent will be to help with upcoming registration which begins Jan. 10 in Pine and Jan. 13 in Payson. Also, the agent should be available to attend spring try-outs and help assign players to teams.
Dvorak says the volunteer position has its rewards. "It's a way to escape the winter doldrums while having fun and making a difference in the community," she said.
Call Dvorak at 472-6500 for more information.
Middle school hoop play
At the Green Valley Park Parks and Recreation offices, Beth Kreider is busy scheduling registration for the upcoming seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league.
Sign-up will begin Jan. 3 and continue until Jan. 14. The fee is $20, which includes a team T-shirt, a minimum of seven games and a pizza party at the end of the season.
League play will begin in mid-February and continue until the end of March. Most games will be played on Saturdays, but if there is a large turnout of players, some games could be played during the week.
Are you heading to Roosevelt soon to try out that new fishing equipment you received for Christmas?
If so, you'll want to sort through the latest fishing update from the desk of Arizona Game and Fish officer Rory Aikens which says the lake level is currently steady at 29-percent full. Certainly the lake is down from its capacity, but even at 29 percent, Roosevelt is a good-sized lake encompassing over 10,000 surface acres.
Aikens says the crappie bite is still good. He suggests for best results "graph or locate schools of shad or fish, get within 10 or 15 feet of the school, then drop live minnows or small jigs and slowly work toward the school."
Also, Aikens says, "bass fishing has slowed down but anglers are still catching some slot fish."
His advice is to "try crankbaits along shorelines or Carolina-rigged worms along the major points. On windy days or afternoons, try for smallmouth along windy, rocky shorelines using crayfish-looking crankbaits and jigs."
Call 1 (800) ASK-FISH for more information.