Registration Is Early June For Summer Softball Teams


Registration for town-sponsored men's and women's softball leagues will be held June 7-11 at the Parks and Recreation Department offices located at 1000 W. Country Club Dr.

The leagues are traditionally some of the P&R Department's most popular offerings. Recreation assistant Ted Pettet is urging interested players and coaches to register their entries as soon as possible. The entry fee is $275 and includes an ASA registration fee. All teams must be ASA-certified for insurance purposes.

From 15 to 20 teams are expected to sign up for men's play, which will include both a recreation and competitive division. Pettet is anticipating about 12 teams will register for the women's league, which will also be separated into two divisions -- rec and competitive.

Call Pettet or Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext 272 for more information.

Yep, he did
OK, Arizona fans, admit it -- you saw Diamondback manager Buck Showalter crack a smile.

The normally stone-faced Showalter finally smiled, even through it was ever so slightly, after rookie pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim came on in ninth-inning relief to preserve a 8-7 win over the New York Mets Friday evening.

We wonder what it'll take for the stoic Showalter to smile again.

Maybe a world championship will do it.
Rodeo news
Local rodeo supporter Penny Conway is in the process of asking the Way Out West Rodeo Company of Jim Bob and Cody Custer to host barrel racing events along with the Professional Bull Riders Challenge which will be held in Payson June 25-26.

The Mazatzal Casino will be sponsoring the event. Conway attended an event called "Bulls and Barrels" in Show Low last week and it was a hit with fans, cowboys and cowgirls.

If the Custer brothers -- the upcoming event's producers --give their OK, Conway will try to add barrel racing to the PBR challenge.

The Mazatzal challenge will feature 50 bull riders per day, including finals at each of the two 7:30 p.m. performances. Admission to the challenge to be held in the local rodeo grounds is $15 per person.

Still time
A few openings remain in the older girls' division (15 years and under) of the town-sponsored girls' fast pitch softball league. Players will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $25, which includes a $5 late fee.

Flips and more
A youth tumbling camp for children ages 4-12 will be held June 7 through 25. A registration of $15 per entrant includes a camp T-shirt. Enrollment is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both beginner and advanced sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays. One group will be conducted from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the other 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Officials have not yet assigned the groups to their time slots.

Call Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272 for more information.

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