Little League Holds Tryouts This Saturday

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Payson Little League officials will be conducting tryouts for all non-returning 13- to 15-year-old players (Senior Division) March 4 at Rumsey Park.


Tryout times will be:

13-year-olds -- 10 a.m.

14-year-olds -- 10:30 a.m.

15-year-olds -- 11 a.m.

Any 9- to 12-year-old athletes who did not attend the Feb. 26 session for those age groups may participate in the March 4 tryouts.


Players must have in their possession an original or certified copy of their birth certificate.


Each player will be evaluated on ability to hit three pitches, catch three fly and ground balls as well as speed from home to first base.


The tryouts are used to help managers establish teams with comparable playing ability.


Also, the local Little League board has three volunteer vacancies to fill with the opening of the season only weeks away.


The league needs a major division director, coach for the Senior League Pine team and a coach for a 16-year-old team that will travel to nearby towns and cities for interleague play.


Those interested in the major director position should call Little League President Stephanie Dvorak (472-6500). To inquire about the senior coach positions, call Bob Sharp (472-8473).

Youth hoop play

The Town of Payson Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting fifth- and sixth-grade boys' and girls' basketball tournaments April 1. The tournaments are open to all teams, both local and out-of-town. Registration is $100 and is limited to the first 12 teams to register. Registration deadline is March 24. Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

P&R coed softball

Registration for participation in the Parks and Recreation-sponsored adult coed softball league will be held March 6 through March 17 at the P&R Green Valley Park office. League officials say if enough teams sign up, both competitive and recreation divisions will be offered. The fee is $200 per team which includes a postseason tournament. Awards will be given for tournament play only. Games will be played in April.

Skiing at Sunrise

Sunrise Park Resort in Pinetop is open all the way to the top. That means it's safe to pull that ski equipment out of storage.


Bill London, marketing director, admits Sunrise has seen better seasons, but the skiing is still excellent. At press time, open trails included Nastar, Upper Spruce Ridge, Lodgeview, Fairway, Pinedale, Bunny Hill and the Pumphouse Snowboard Park.


For nonskiers, there's plenty of downhill tubing, winter horseback riding and even ice fishing. For the romantic snow fan, try a cozy horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forest. Sunrise also offers daycare and a Funland for families with kids.


Sunrise Park Resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. For more information, call 1-800-772-SNOW or (520) 735-7669.

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