Softball teams from around the state will flock to the Rim country this weekend to participate in the 2001 edition of the Payson Labor Day Classic Slow-Pitch Tournament.
The 16-year-old diamond fray is Payson's largest slow-pitch tournament of the summer season.
Started by former Payson Mayor Ted Pettet, the tournament tradition has been handed over to his son, Teddy, who serves as tournament director. The tournament will be contested in three brackets men's women's and coed.
The men's and women's tournaments will be played Sept. 1 and 2 at Rumsey Park and the high school. The coed is scheduled for Sept 2 and 3, also at Rumsey and Longhorn field.
In the men's and women's tournament, C and D divisions will be played after a round robin that will seed teams into the divisions. In the coed showdown, upper and lower divisions will be played as determined by a round robin. Each team that enters is guaranteed at least three games.
At the conclusion of the tournament, prizes will be awarded to first- through fourth-place individuals and teams in each division.
There is no admission charge to the games. Drop by and cheer your favorite team.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Event organizers are gearing up for what they hope is a rousing tennis tournament.
Slated to benefit Payson's Big Brother/Big Sister organization, the tournament will be contested from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 on the Rumsey Park courts.
The event will include both a women's and men's doubles competition. Participants are asked to enter individually, rather than as a team. Partnerships will be determined by a tournament committee after all entries are received. Organizers hope to pair a veteran player with one less experienced.
On tournament day, teams will play one another in a round robin format. The entry fee of $20 includes tennis balls and a barbecue lunch at the court.
Call Bob Zimmerman at 468-8375 for more information.
New stands for fans
Football fans who plan to attend the Longhorn's first home game, Sept. 14 against Holbrook, will quickly learn that the home stands on PHS field have been moved to the south side from the north.
The project was completed late this summer. Fans can now park in either the north or west side parking lots. For those who park on the west side adjacent to the baseball field, an entrance/exit to the field has been erected there.
PHS athletic director Dave Bradley said the new stands and the added entrance/exit should make the stadium much more fan friendly.
Kick off time for all home games is 7 p.m.