Payson Tennis Club Serves Up Lessons For Children, Adults

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Members of the Payson Tennis Club will be available from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Rumsey Park to assist with a drop-in kids program. Youngsters interested in learning the game of tennis are eligible to participate free of charge. Participants should bring their own racquet, but used tennis balls will be supplied by the club.

Also on the Rim country tennis front, adult drop-in tennis double nights are held each Tuesday and Thursday through August.

Beginners meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and intermediate and advanced from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge for the program.

Not a champion

There were no Rim country anglers among the top-10 finishers at the BestBet Team bass tournament held Saturday on Roosevelt Lake.

The event was the final tournament of the 2000 season for BestBet, which requires the use of aluminum boats.

The winning team of Lanny Wilson and Cary Courtemash, both of Phoenix, weighed in a six-fish limit that tipped the scales at 13.45 pounds. For their efforts, the pair pocketed $2,000 in prize money.

The two fished drop-shot rigs with lizards and worms on mainlake points in 10 to 25 feet of water. In their catch was a nice-sized 4.24 pound largemouth.

The 2000-2001 BestBet season will kick off next October. Call (480) 894-0642 for more information.

Free equipment

High school coaches from around the state could be receiving free sports balls as part of a new sponsorship acquired by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

The AIA has signed an agreement with Baden Sporting Goods of Federal Way, Wash. to have their product used as the official ball of the AIA in state tournaments. The deal includes the sports of basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball. As part of the agreement, coaches were sent free Baden products in order to provide feedback on the adoption of the ball for their respective sports.

AIA Executive Director Harold Slemmer said Baden had made a very generous contribution to the association. "The agreement is one of the most attractive in the country."

FCA dinner

The local chapter of the Fellowships of Christian Athletes is hosting a sponsorship dinner June 23 at the Small Cafe. All proceeds will be used for scholarships to send about 20 local athletes to sports camps in Flagstaff and Santa Barbara, California.

Dinner seatings begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the chicken or prime rib meal are $15. Call 474-8291 for more information.

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