Mavericks Football Practice Begins Soon

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Rim Country Middle School Athletic Director Bill Bowling has set the start date and practice times for Mavericks 7th- and 8th-grade football.

Practices officially kick off Aug. 7 and will be held weekdays from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Before an athlete can participate, however, he must have all the clearance forms including a physical examination on file in the RCMS office. Also, the $20 participation fee must be paid.

The teams open the season Aug. 24 against Capps Heber School.

Slated to coach the 7th-grade teams are Dave Blalock and Ned Schall. Blalock, a Payson police officer, is a longtime local youth league coach. As a sixth-grade teacher at RCMS, Schall has coached on both the middle- and high-school levels.

Local businessman Scott Crabdree, also a veteran youth coach, will head the 8th-grade program. Bowling is still searching for a second 8th-grade coach.

Passing league

Gridiron fans shouldn't forget to stop by Payson High School football field after 5 p.m. today or during daylight hours tomorrow.

High school summer passing league action will be fast and furious with Mesa Red Mountain, Glendale Mountain Ridge and Canyon State Academy (formerly Arizona Boys Ranch) in town to work on their passing games.

One of the coaches escorting Red Mountain to the league is former PHS head coach Dan Dunn who will be fresh off sponsoring an athletic/cultural exchange to Australia.

PHS first-year coach Mike Wheelis anticipates Bradshaw Mountain and Phoenix Christian could also show up for the league.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

Labor Day softball

Teams from around the state are gearing up for play in the 2000 Labor Day Classic Slow-pitch Softball Tournament to be contested Sept. 2 to 4 in Payson. The event is the community's largest tournament of the year, drawing upwards of 25 teams.

Competition will be held in men's (C and D), women's and coed (upper and lower) divisions. Teams must be ASA registered to participate. ASA sign-up can be completed for $20.

The tournament entry fee is $165 per team. Registration forms are available at the town parks and recreation offices located in Green Valley Park. Call 474-5242, ext. 260 for more information.

Summer Recreation Center

The Summer Recreation Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday through July 28. Scheduled closures include July 19, 20 and 21. Youth who have completed grades 4 to 10 are invited to attend.

The center is held at the Rim Country Middle School gym, and offers basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, billiards and other activities.

No registration is required; admission is free.

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