The long-awaited lights were erected this week on the new south Rumsey Park artificial surface, multipurpose field. With the lighting system in place, the field may now be used after sundown.
Town-sponsored T-ball and soccer are among the programs that could play some of their games at night.
It's not yet known whether the Arizona State University Sun Devil football team will use the field as it did last August during the team's stay at Camp Tontozona.
If head coach Dirk Koetter wishes to return to Rumsey, he could now schedule night practice sessions when temperatures are much cooler.
If there ever has been the mildest criticism of the new field, it's that it turns very warm in the heat of a summer day.
The installation of the lights stalled earlier this spring when workers struck water while drilling installation holes. To ensure the light poles were stable, workers needed to drill the holes about 15 feet. They struck water at about 10 feet. The town does have a production well in the vicinity.
Arizona prep action
Payson's junior/senior entry into the Arizona Prep Summer Baseball League will be in action at 6 p.m. this evening (Friday) on Payson High School field against Phoenix Camelback.
Payson's freshman/sophomore team plays a doubleheader at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow on PHS field against Scottsdale Christian and Scottsdale Saguaro. There is no admission charge.
Payson's two summer teams comprise many of the players who were members of the Longhorn and inaugural Rim Country Middle School baseball programs last spring.
Grand Canyon Games set for June 20-22
Local athletes interested in participating in the Grand Canyon Summer Games can pick up booklets and entry forms at 76/Circle Ks and Bashas' in Payson.
More that 10,000 amateur athletes are expected to participate in the games that will run from June 20 to 22 at various sites across the Valley.
The most popular sports are basketball, soccer, track and field and baseball. Competitions also are held in 34 other sports like arm wrestling, badminton, BMX racing, bowling, cycling, diving, flag football, synchronized swimming, table tennis, wrestling, weight lifting and others. Everyone is invited to participate regardless of age or ability.
Call (480) 517-9700 for more information.
The Payson Women's Golf Association nine-hole group held its monthly meeting May 29 at Famous Sam's. At the meeting, winners of May tournament play were honored.
For an even-holes tournament played May 1, Joan Johnson received the first-place medal. Ardie Poole and Norma Failers tied for second.
In a low-net tournament played May 8, Poole and Johnson tied for first.
On May 15 in a six-best-holes formatted tournament, Mary Nolan was first. Poole, Johnson and Julie Lynch tied for second.
In a low-net tournament May 22, Sue Covert and Johnson tied for first. Connie Gyde and Joanne Kirchgassner tied for second.
On May 29, in low net play, Johnson was first. Sue Covert and Dorothy Hardman tied for second.
During the month of June, members will be competing in the state medallion tournament in low-gross and low-net formatted play.