Last Chance For Little League


Youngsters ages 7 to 16 years who missed the first four Little League registration periods have just one opportunity remaining to sign up for spring and summer play.

That session will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Arizona Public Service building on Longhorn Road. Those who fail to register at the sign-up will not be able to participate in the league.

Earlier sessions were held in both Pine and Payson.

Players must have an original birth certificate in their possession when they register. The fees are $40 for the first child in each family and a $5 discount for each additional child who participates.

This season, fees include an official Major League Baseball uniform that may be kept by the players.

At registration, Little League officials also will have practice uniforms, seat cushions and discount cards available for purchase.

Call Stephanie Dvorak at 472-6500 for more information.

Senior spoilers

The Payson Spoilers senior softball team --which features locals Dave Crowell, Billy Joe Winchester, Tom Neblett and Fran Doering along with a group of Valley players -- is doing quite well in the Mesa Red Mountain League. The team sports a 3-1 record after three weeks of competition and is tied for first place.

The only loss the Spoilers suffered was 12-8 to a Canadian squad.

The team plays each Wednesday at Red Mountain park.

Go fish

If a fishing trip to Roosevelt is in your future, game officials say the crappie bite is picking up in the Tonto arm of the lake.

Game officer Rory Aikens says anglers are starting to have some success fishing one-to-two inch jigs with chartreuse tails and minnows in 20-30 feet. Most anglers, he says, have been catching from five to 15 crappie a day. Bass fishing is slow, but some anglers are catching fish in the slot which must be released. Bass recommendations include using crankbaits along shorelines or Carolina-rigged worms along major points.

Call 1-800-ASK-FISH for more information.

At Green Valley Park -- which is a part of the urban fishing program and requires an urban license --anglers are catching limits of recently stocked rainbow trout.

Lots to do

With the Tim Van Horn Memorial Wrestling Tournament and the Copper State Jam in town this weekend, Payson will be a hotbed of sports activities.

But some locals have chosen to make the trek south to participate in the Let-It-Fly 4-on-4 flag football tour. Formerly known as Air-It-Out, the tournament is expected to draw more than 4,500 players to Tempe Diablo Stadium and Tempe Sports Complex. Athletes of all ages and abilities from Top Gun to Armchair Quarterback will be participating. Proceeds from the tournament entry fees benefit local charities.

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