Registration Begins For Little League

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Registration for play in Payson Little League begins Jan. 18 and will continue on Jan. 20 and 27.

Registration is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Payson Town Hall Council chambers. The following Saturday, parents can register their children from 9 a.m. to noon at the council chambers. A week later, Jan. 27, registration is 9 a.m. until noon in the Payson Police Department training room located northeast of Town Hall. Youngsters ages 7 to 15 years of age are eligible to participate in the program.

Ages are determined as of Aug. 1, 2001.

Registration fee is $40 for the first child in a family. Second child sign-up is $35 and $30 for the third.

The fees include complete uniform, which may be kept by the players.

Call Ron Miller (474-5093), Don Engler (474-4609), Don Bell (474-4303) or Kim Sleeper (476-5275) for more information.

Think snow

Rim country ski buffs are reveling in the recent snowstorms that blanketed both Snowbowl near Flagstaff and Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains.

At Sunrise, officials say snow flurries and breezy conditions began Friday morning. In just a few hours, several inches had fallen. In all, the storm dumped over 10 inches of snow on the resort.

At Snowbowl, reports say conditions are very good, with 30 inches of base at 9,500 feet and 64 inches at 10,800 feet. All four chair lifts are operational and road conditions are clear except for a few slippery spots.

For more information on conditions at Sunrise, call 772-7669. Call 779-1951 for information about Snowbowl.

From the midwest

An e-mail arrived on the sports desk early this week from Wisconsin resident Norman Wilcox. He's the brother of Payson High School boys basketball coach Randy Wilcox and was in Payson over the holidays enjoying a break from the frigid Wisconsin temperatures.

After watching the PHS boys play in the Camp Verde holiday tournament and the girls in their tournament, Norman had plenty of praise for both teams.

"I have never seen a scrappier bunch of athletes as I did during those games," he said of the Lady Horns. "I have to tip my cheesehead to those girls."

After reading articles in the Roundup about budget woes the Payson Unified School District is facing, Norman said he hoped budget cuts wouldn't adversely affect sports programs.

A decade ago, a series of budget cuts meant the end of all freshman sports programs at Payson High.

The cuts severely crimped most of the athletic programs and hindered the success of the youngsters.

Thankfully, a few years later the school board restored the freshman programs and even extended freshman football into the middle school.

Hopefully, budget cutbacks won't mean the end of any extracurricular programs in the district.

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