Randy Wilcox and Greg Marrs have been two of the busiest men in the Rim country, while they've prepared for the annual Payson Summer Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The two-day hardwood shoot-out, for high school age boys, will be held June 9 and 10. Players from Tucson, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale will be in Payson to participate. See the June 6 issue of the Roundup for a complete listing of game times.
Team up to fight cancer
The Rim Country's Second Annual Relay for Life, an all-night community effort to fight cancer, is the highlight of this weekend's activities. Organizers emphasize that this is not an athletic event; rather it's a fun night to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Some of the activities include a live auction, entertainment, food, raffles and a luminary lighting ceremony at 10 p.m. today (Friday).
The activities begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until 8 a.m. Saturday. Rim Country Middle School leads the list of team entries with four relay squads. One team sports the unusual moniker "Super Chicken Heroes."
Included among the lengthy list of auction and raffle items is an official Diamondback baseball autographed by catcher Kelly Stinett. Owning that gem is sure to make some baseball fan a very happy camper. Also on the list is an 18-hole round of golf for two with a cart at Payson Golf Course and a guided one-day fishing trip donated by Clifford Pirch owner/operator of Copperstate Guide Service.
All events will be held on the Payson High School football field, and the festivities are open to the public. Call 472-7448 for more information.
Payson Parks and Recreation officials huddled up this week to draft the plans for this year's youth summer recreation program.
Last year, there were problems a-plenty due to on-going construction at the Rim Country Middle School gym, where the program has been held for many years. Early indications are that there will be no such problems this summer when the program kicks off June 12.
Chuck Hardt and Bruce Haught are expected to return to head the program. Haught helped develop the program more than 10 years ago. Hardt has been involved for six years. The program is free and will be heldfrom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
Men's and women's softball
Registration for the Men's and Women's Summer Softball Leagues began Tuesday, May 30 and will continue through Friday, June 9. Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division. The fee is $250 per team (not $275 as previously announced). Games are scheduled to begin in mid to late June.