Registration wrapped up for the town parks and recreation-sponsored fifth- and sixth-grade basketball leagues. Teams are being selected and play is scheduled to begin in January.
According to recreation coordinator Beth Kreider, it appears the league also has a sufficient supply of coaches for the teams, which is a rarity, she said.
A few vacancies do exist for those players who missed the sign-up. However, a late fee of $5 will be charged. Late registrants will be assigned to teams on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration also ended for the men's and women's volleyball leagues and schedules are currently being compiled.
In men's play, six teams will participate in a single competitive division.
Fifteen teams signed up for the women's division. Eight will participate in a competitive league and seven in a recreational league. Play will begin the week of Dec. 6 with most games being contested Monday through Thursday in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.
The league will take a brief respite from play during the Christmas holidays.
Tonto Basin angler Mark Kile won the Pro Division of the AllStar Bass Pro-Am Invitational held Nov. 20 at Roosevelt Lake. For his win, he received $2,575 in prize money. Kile was teamed with amateur partner Dave Colburn of Tempe.
Kile is rapidly building a reputation as one of the West's best pro anglers on the AllStar and other circuits.
The only Gila County fishermen, other than Kile, to finish among the winners was Roosevelt's Chi-Chi Rodriquez who was ninth in the Pro division.
In winning the tournament, Kile and Colburn fished spinnerbaits off points and large flats in the main lake down to 10 feet. The two weighed-in a six-bass limit that totaled 12.63 pounds. Kile hooked a 4.63 largemouth that tied for second in the Big Fish contest.
Big Fish prize money was pocketed by Don Geigle of Phoenix with a 4.69-pound largemouth caught on a lipless crankbait.
The next AllStar Bass Pro-Am Invitational is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2000 at Lake Pleasant.
Call AllStar at (480) 890-2547 for more information.
The 1999 Class 3A football season wraps up this evening, Friday, at Mesa College with a title clash between the final two teams remaining in the state tournament.
At 7:30 p.m., once beaten Show Low takes on number-one ranked Blue Ridge in a rematch of an earlier game the Yellow Jackets won 49-0. Show Low enters the gold-medal game as the East runner-up and BR as the East champion.
The last time Blue Ridge lost a game was in the 1998 state championship to Payson.
Because the East sported so many quality football players and teams, selecting the all-division team at season's end had to be a tough choice for voting coaches. The team can finally be announced now that the season will end this evening. For a complete list of those honored, see the Nov. 30 edition of the Payson Roundup.