Punt, Pass And Kick Separates Boys And Girls

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It seems the combination of a new full-time sports coordinator for the Town of Payson, and a new fill-in wannabe sports reporter can lead to some misinformation.

Early this week, I did an interview with Teddy Pettet of the Payson Parks and Recreation Department regarding Punt, Pass and Kick competitions, scheduled for Sept. 7 at the Rumsey Park multi-purpose field.

That article contained a tiny error.

Teddy said that both boys and girls were invited to participate, but said they would be competing against each other.

"I was wrong," he said Wednesday. The official Punt, Pass and Kick program does separate the boys and girls, which logically makes for a much fairer competition.

Participants will be separated by sex into four age groups ages 8 and 9; 10 and 11; 12 and 13; and 14 and 15. The first two age groups will begin competition at 5:30 p.m.; the 12- to 15- year-olds will start at 6:30 p.m.

We apologize for the miscue. For further details about the Punt, Pass and Kick program, call Parks and Rec at 474-5242, ext. 7.

Team fishing

A new concept in team bass tournaments will be explained at informational meetings around the state. The concept is to "handicap" anglers according to their skill levels.

Representatives from the United States Team Fishing Championship will be on hand from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Ramada No. 4 at Rumsey Park.

For details of the new handicap concept or about the meeting, call Jess Nottingham at 474-5935, or Jane Haynes at 474-2982.

Ferret surveyors needed

Looking for something to do in the dead of night?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has a suggestion volunteers are needed to help survey for black-footed ferrets during September by the department's field team.

Weekend surveys three days each started in July and continue through September.

Black-footed ferrets are nocturnal animals, so the surveys begin after sunset and continue through the night. Fifteen volunteers are needed each night. Survey dates are Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 15-17.

Black-footed ferret reintroduction began in 1996 in the Aubrey Valley near Seligman. Black-footed ferret activity is at a peak in the summer and fall months as young ferrets become active and disperse.

This is a great opportunity to work with Arizona's endangered wildlife, learn survey techniques and participate in an important effort to bring back one of our native species.

Volunteers should contact Angie McIntire or Tom Silvia at (520) 422-0155.

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