The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for what is projected to be the Rim country's biggest and best 5th and 6th grade youth basketball tournament.
The hardwood duel is slated for April 5 and should draw both boys and girls teams from around the state.
Tournament director Teddy Pettet anticipates Globe, Lakeside, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Miami and possibly the Valley will be represented.
Both the boys and girls division will be limited to 12 teams.
Each participating squad will be guaranteed three games. Tournament rules include six-minute quarters (with stop-and-go clock), no back court defense (except in the last two minutes) and the use of an intermediate-sized youth basketball.
Players on the first-place team will receive individual awards. Team trophies will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers. The entry fee is $125. Deadline for registration is March 28.
For more information call Pettet at 474-5242, ext 7.
Let it snow
Ski buffs ought to consider a weekend trip to Sunrise Park Resort where skiing and snowboarding conditions are reported to be excellent. The storm that hit the state at midweek produced 16-to-18 inches of new snow, making the depth now about 70 inches.
For more information call (800) 772-7669, ext 2553.
MSA gears up
In the 11 years since the founding of the Mogollon Sporting Association, the MSA annual banquet has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the spring. Those considering being a part of the May 3 festivities might want to purchase tickets right away; the tickets are a hot item that usually sell out early.
This event at the Mazatzal Casino begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour. At 6 p.m. a prime rib or chicken dinner is served. The evening is highlighted by an auction, raffle and prize giveaway that begins about 7 p.m.
Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by calling MSA member Jack Koon (474-1662).
Schedules on the way
High School spring sports schedules traditionally undergo numerous last minute changes.
That is especially true in track and field and golf. Longhorn coaches and athletic director Dave Bradley are working feverishly this week to put the final touches on those schedules.
Some readers have asked when the PHS schedules will be published as is done for every sport. All will appear in next week's editions of the Payson Roundup.