Little League Still Needs Volunteers

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Despite numerous public appeals, local Little League President Don Bell is having difficulty finding volunteers to fill the vacancies on the league's board of directors.

The failure to attract those persons, Bell said, could adversely affect the functioning of the league when it begins to field teams next spring.

Originally, the deadline for volunteers to serve on the board was Nov. 23. But due to the lack of interest, Bell is continuing to accept applications for the board.

According to Bell, statutes dictate that the majority of board members must be nonmanagers and noncoaches.

Call Bell after 4 p.m. at 474-4303 for more information.

Ex-Rim player now a Toro

Former Shelby School and Payson High School basketball standout Dallas Rensch paced Mesa Mountain View to an 80-53 victory over Carl Hayden Saturday evening in the finals of the Toros Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament.

Rensch, a swingman for coach Gary Ernst, led the Toros in scoring with 18 points.

After starring for Tonto Village Shelby School's junior high team, Rensch played one year at Payson High as a freshman starter on the Horns' junior varsity team.

Following that season, he transferred to Mountain View.

Last fall, Ernst a part time Payson resident, told me Dallas was performing well enough in the summer program to be a candidate to start once the season rolled around.

With Ernst and Dallas in the Mountain View mix, the Toros now 4-0 sport a Rim country flair.

Big claim

Blue Ridge head football coach Paul Moro apparently told an Arizona Republic reporter that his son Adam was "probably the best player in Arizona."

That claim has to raise a few eyebrows around the state in light of the fact the 4A and 5A conferences are filled with gridiron stars, especially quarterbacks college and university scouts are clamoring for.

Paul is a great high school coach and Adam is a star at both linebacker and running back. But there will be plenty of debate whether Adam, as his Dad claims, is the best player in the state.

Where did they go?

If there is a common thread that runs through early season drills on the Payson High School campus, it's that some talented athletes did not try out for teams this fall.

Coaches at all levels are scratching their heads wondering why the players decided not to participate.

The reasons are probably many, but the phenomenon is understandably perplexing for the coaches.

Big night

This evening (Tuesday) will be a great opportunity for parents, fans, teachers and students to preview the Longhorn boys basketball team.

First year coach Mike Loutzenheiser's charges will play host to Fountain Hills at 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Dome. The varsity showdown will be preceded by a freshman game at 4:30 and a junior varsity clash at 6 p.m.

A big crowd in Wilson Dome would provide a huge boost for the young players eager to put their hoop skills to the test.

Coach Shaun Hardt's Lady Longhorns will probably have a nice-sized crowd of supporters to travel to Fountain Hills. The junior varsity game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. with a varsity showdown at 7 p.m. There will be no freshman game.

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