Please don't mess with the track.
That's the appeal from Payson High School Athletic Director Dave Bradley, regarding the new track construction that began Monday on the school's new 400-meter track.
The gates around the facility will be locked and absolutely no one is to go near the track for the next two to three weeks, Bradley said.
During that time, the Phoenix firm of General Acrylics will be laying the rubberized all-weather surface on the track.
It is a delicate process, Bradley said, and the simple act of walking on or touching the surface could mean the crews would have to redo the project.
The cost to lay the surface, $133,999, was recently approved by the Payson School District Governing Board.
Since the fall youth-soccer program is one of the most popular offerings of the parks and recreation department, officials are urging parents to register their youngsters for play as soon as possible.
Sign-up for boys and girls 7-years-and-under began July 15 and will continue until Aug. 7. The fee is $20 which includes a T-shirt and team pizza party.
After the deadline, the fee is $25 and players will be placed on a team as space permits.
Parents may request to be placed with a certain team, but those requests are not guaranteed.
Games will be played week nights beginning Sept. 3.
Also, the department is in need of youth team coaches.
Soccer for youngsters ages 8 to 15 will be held in the spring.
Call 474-5343, ext. 7 for more information.
Padre not high on D-back fans
In an article published in the July 27 edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Padre third baseman Phil Nevin took a big-time shot at Arizona Diamondback fans.
"It's amazing," Nevin said. "In Arizona they have spring training every year, and they won the World Series last year, but they have the most uneducated people about baseball that I've ever seen."
Nevin's comments apparently were spurred by concerns that Arizona fans had expressed about Diamondback pitcher Randy Johnson's spotty performance following the all-star game.
On Sunday prior to Nevin's comments, the Padres clobbered Johnson.
His poor outing had Arizona fans wondering if age and injuries had finally caught up to the three-time Cy Young award winner.
Five days after the loss to the Padres, Johnson returned to the mound to whip San Diego 12-0 and improve his record to 14-4.
After Johnson's first loss to San Diego, Nevin was quoted as saying Johnson simply had a bad day and the Padres would have heck to pay the next time they faced the Big Unit.
Nevin's predictions turned out to be on target. Johnson's seven-inning, four hit performance erased any doubts Arizona fans had about him.
Nevin wasn't the only one in San Diego who was amused by the concerns Arizona fans had about Johnson.
Tom Krasovic, a San Diego Union-Tribune staff writer, referred to Diamondback fans as "the desert's Chicken Littles."
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