Payson Crew Jumps Into Valley-Based Summer League


A group of high school baseball players will represent the Rim country in the Valley-based Arizona Prep Summer League.

The Payson team, coached by Teddy Pettet, will spring into action at 6 p.m. June 5 in Fountain Hills. Action continues at 6 p.m. June 8 on Payson High field, also against Fountain Hills. Both meetings will be double-headers.

Pettet formed the youth team to give aspiring PHS varsity players the opportunity to fine-tune their diamond skills. Also in the league are teams representing Scottsdale Saguaro, Phoenix Christian, Tempe and Scottsdale Christian.

Diamondbacks prepare

Word out of Phoenix is that Jeff Rodin of the Arizona Diamondbacks is gearing up for the youth baseball camp to be held in Payson July 9 to 13.

A regular Diamondbacks Training Center will be held from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This week-long camp is for youth 7 to 14 years, and its curriculum is endorsed by the Diamondbacks baseball staff. The curriculum is also matched to the age and skill level of the student.

An advanced camp, for those at least 11 years old who are playing organized baseball or have previously attended a training center, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Camp instructors, which will include PHS coach Teddy Pettet, are hand-picked by the organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, base running and specific position play.

Registration is $150 and includes a Diamondbacks Training Centers T-shirt, cap, bat bag and two tickets to a D-backs home game.

Both camp sizes are limited and instructor-to-student ratios are monitored for hands-on learning.

Call (800) 821-7152 for more information or to register for the Diamondbacks Training Center in Payson.

More camps

Former Lady Longhorn basketball star and ASU assistant coach Laura Hughes will join PHS girls coach Shaun Hardt at the Youth Girls Basketball camp to be held June 11 to 14 in Payson High School gyms.

The camp is open to girls 8 to 14 years of age. Registration fee is $30 per camper.

The camp is co-sponsored by the Lady Longhorn basketball program and the Payson Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration may be completed at P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.

Call 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.

Tennis, anyone?

Tennis pro Diane Jackson is gearing up for summer lessons she hopes will be a popular draw among local court buffs.

Lessons begin June 5 and continue June 7.

Lessons will also be held the following two weeks on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., children 6 to 10 years of age will take to the teaching court. Children 11 to 15 years will receive instruction from 10 to 11 a.m. Beginning adult lessons are slated for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Adults with intermediate skills may enroll in lessons to be given from 7 to 8 p.m.

Registration is $20 per participant, and is limited to the first eight who sign up for each age group.

Stop by Parks and Rec at Green Valley Park.

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