Independence Day Soccer Match Planned

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The Payson Football Club will host an Independence Day soccer tournament for players 35 years of age and older.

The tournament will kick off the evening of July 5 on both the old and new multipurpose fields in Rumsey park.

Action continues, also on both fields, July 6 and 7. The local men's team will join five teams from the Valley in the tournament.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

Pfister and Kreie fish to win

The fishing team of Guy Pfister and Doug Kreie won a locals-only tournament held Tuesday evening at Roosevelt Lake. The two weighed in 13.74 pounds of fish that included the tournament's big fish a 4.44 pound largemouth caught by Kreie.

The duo fished Texas-rigged worms with 3/16 ounce weights near the bottom of the lake.

In second-place with 12.66 pounds was the team of Brian Marshall and John Browning.

Emery McKeen and Anita Hall boated 8.86 pounds to finish third.

More wins

Payson Roundup columnist and fishing guide Clifford Pirch hooked up with friend Mark Kile, a professional angler, to win the Angler's Choice Tournament held last week at Roosevelt.

The all-night tournament began at 6 p.m. and continued until 6 a.m. In winning the fray, Pirch and Kile weighed in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 14.5 pounds.

Racquetball anyone?

There is some interest locally in trying to reopen the racquetball courts at the old Payson Athletic Club. The courts closed when PAC relocated to its new digs in the Rim Country Mall.

Anyone interested in joining in the effort should call Chuck Hallock from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 474-6402.

On the diamond

A group of local high school youngsters has been participating in the nine-team Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League that will wrap up play July 3.

The Payson team has compiled an 11-9 record and is playing well, coach Teddy Pettet said.

The summer tournament provides the local athletes the opportunity to fine-tune their skills for high school competition next spring.

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