'Grandmas' Hope To Start Senior League

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The team doesn't yet have a name, but the players might want to consider "Over-the-Hill Grandmas" as their calling card.

For the past 20 years, the group of 10 slow-pitch softball players have been active on the local scene, but now want to form a Rim country traveling squad that will participate in 50-year-plus senior tournaments in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and California.

Spearheading the move to form the squad are Charlene Hunt, Ginger Sparks, Sandee Koon and Robin Bossert. The foursome are inviting all women 50 years and over to join their efforts to form the inaugural senior team.

The nucleus of 10 players who have already committed to play is not enough, Hunt said.

"We need more so that we can travel and practice," she said. "We're looking for a few good women."

Koon agreed with her teammate.

"We're so happy to be old," she said. "We'll be the grandmas on the road."

If the group can attract enough players, the founding foursome plans to play in at least one senior tournament each month.

A practice schedule would be formalized when enough locals have expressed an interest, Sparks said.

The seniors are hoping local women don't count themselves out because of age, injuries or a lack of conditioning.

"I've had three knee surgeries and I'm still at it," Sparks said.

"We can still hit and we can still throw, we just can't run any more," Hunt, a former Payson Police officer, chimed in.

"We're old, but we're still playing," Koon said.

Anyone interested in participating on the senior team is invited to attend a first-ever practice session to be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 25 on the Rumsey I playing field.

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