Having two all-weather playing surfaces for the Men's 35-years-and-over Independence Day Soccer Invitational was a big boost for the tournament.
According to Payson team member Lee Woods, holding games on both the North and South fields resulted in many more encounters being played over the course of the three days.
The favorite field among the players, Woods said, was the newly built Rumsey South field. Most enjoyed it because the field is regulation size about 120 x 70 yards. The older field at Rumsey North is only about 100 x 60 yards.
According to Woods, the tournament players most of whom were from metropolitan Phoenix like the regulation field better because that is what they are accustomed to having played and practiced on that size most of their careers.
Marshall, Browning win
At a locals-only bass tournament July 2 at Roosevelt Lake, Brian Marshall and John Browning claimed top honors boating 8.78 pounds of fish. Willy Brown and Tanner McLaws finished second with 7.11 pounds.
The tournament's big fish, a 3.04 pounder, was caught by Doug Kreie and Guy Pfister.
First-day links blues
16-year-old Brandon Kelley finished 15th in the 70-player field that participated in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona State Tournament last week at Randolph North course in Tucson.
Brandon could have finished much higher had it not been for a disastrous first day in which he turned in an 85 on the par-72 course. On the second day, Brandon rebounded for a 71 to finish at 156.
In the tournament, Brandon was competing against some of the best young golfers in the state.
Yavapai coaches visit Rim
Coaches Hugh Bell and Mike Pantaloine of Prescott Yavapai College will host a boys soccer camp July 22 to July 25 on the multipurpose field at Rumsey Park. Sessions will be each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp is open to all boys who will be entering high school next school year.
The tuition is $5 per player, which includes a souvenir T-shirt and a soccer ball.
Call Roger Wholly at 474-2233 for more information.
PYFA to host physicals, registrations
The Payson Youth Football Association will soon be offering free sports physicals to local players.
Athletes who wish to take advantage of the opportunity may do so at a football registration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 at Julia Randall Elementary School.
Local doctors will be on hand to administer the mandatory physical exams.
Also from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 13 at the Rumsey Park North multipurpose field, a player and cheerleader registration will be held. However, no physical exams will be available at that site.
The fees are $70 for players and $60 for cheerleaders.
For families with more than one child participating in the program, discounts are given.
Also, families that have adults volunteer two or more times during the season will receive a $20 refund. Volunteer duties could include running the game clock, working at the concession stand or announcing the games.
Athletes who cannot attend the July 13 sign-ups should call Hugh Schrank (474-5613) or Angela Parker (468-6482) to register. After July 13, the registration fees will increase to $120 for players and $100 for cheerleaders. For hardship cases, scholarships are available.