Saturday will be a huge day in the lives of Payson Little League players.
At season-ending ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rumsey Park's ramada 5, the all-star teams for the three divisions -- major, junior and senior -- will be announced.
It's the dream of most every Little Leaguer to eventually be chosen an all-star and go on to represent their community in post season play.
Unfortunately, some players never attain all-star status, but coaches do their best to select the top players at the end of each season.
In addition to the announcement of all-stars, tomorrow's ceremonies will include pizza, refreshments, prizes and a raffle. Little League official Stephanie Dvorak promises there will be fun for everyone. Call Dvorak at 472-6500 for more information.
Soccer to GC games
At the opening ceremonies of the Grand Canyon Games, held in America West Arena last evening, Payson was represented by several teams.
One of the Rim crews is the Predators, who will compete today and tomorrow in 15-years-and-under soccer competition. It's the Predators' fifth appearance in the GC games.
The team opens play at 8 p.m. this evening against Nick's Nuts. Tomorrow, opponents include the Revolution at 7 a.m. and the Eagles at 8 p.m. All games are played at Mesa Red Mountain Park.
The team is coached by Judy Perham and Mike Weiser.
No rain checks
Rain forced the early closure of Taylor Pool Monday afternoon. Town recreation coordinator Beth Kreider said that when such closures occur this summer, there will be no rain checks issued to pool users.
The policy includes the open swim time from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Parks and Recreation Department is requesting anyone who observes or has knowledge of vandalism at a Payson park to please contact the department at 474-5242, ext. 7.
Thanks to the generosity of Steve Rensch, who shared his season tickets to the Arizona Diamondbacks' Monday evening game against the Florida Marlins, my wife and I received our first glimpse of professional baseball in the awe-inspiring Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.
Everything there is first-rate, and what a grand first-time experience it is to witness the rolling back of the huge roof, while the state-of-the-art sound system uplifts onlookers with galactic-type music.
Peering up as the doors open, baseball fans are left to gaze into the stars and moonlit sky. As jumbo jets fly over on their way to Sky Harbor, it feels as if you can almost reach up out of the roof and touch them.
My wife, Kay, said the highlight of the trip to Bank One Ballpark for her was the majestic opening of the ceiling -- forget the fact that "Big Unit" Randy Johnson, probably the most feared pitcher in baseball, hurled the Diamondbacks to a 2-0 victory.