Swim Team Hosts Clippers

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The Payson youth swim team played host to the Cottonwood Clippers June 28 at Taylor Pool.

It was the local team's second clash of the summer season. The first meet, which was held June 21, was against Camp Verde.

According to first-year head coach Shea Hatch, both meets went off without a hitch.

The Payson team had about 60 youngsters participating from age 6 to 17 years. Hatch estimates the Clippers brought about 40 young swimmers to Taylor Pool.

The coaches plan to give the team members the Independence Day weekend off before returning to practice July 7. July 12, the Payson team hosts Prescott in a clash slated to begin at 8 a.m.

On July 19 some members of the team might travel to Arizona State University to compete in an Arizona State Parks and Recreation-sponsored meet.

Also on the agenda is the Aug. 2 Verde Valley Invitational.

According to Hatch, several of the team members also competed in the Grand Canyon State Games held June 22 in the Valley. Among those that participated were Chandler and Bailey Sylvester.

In the 100-meter individual medley, Chandler finished third.

Angling fair to good on the Rim

The word from Willow Springs, Black Canyon and Woods Canyon Lakes is that boat ramps and all three lakes are accessible. At Woods Canyon, the lake has been recently stocked with catchable-sized Rainbow trout. Fishing at all three lakes is rated fair to good. Bear Canyon has also been recently stocked.

The best advice from longtime Rim anglers is to fish early and late in the day.

Before heading out on your fishing trip, be sure and check with the U.S. Forest Service for up-to-date information on fire restrictions.

Men's soccer on tap

The Payson Independence Day Men's 35-years-and-over soccer tournament will be contested July 4, 5 and 6 on both the Rumsey North and Rumsey library fields.

Action tips off at 9:30 a.m., July 4, and continues until 9:15 p.m. The schedule will be repeated in July 5 play.

At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the playoff for third and fourth place will be held.

Immediately after, about 11 a.m., the championship will be decided.

There is no admission charge for spectators.

In the tournament format, a winning team is awarded six points and a tie is worth three points. Also, each goal scored is worth one point up to a maximum of three points. One point is awarded a team that records a shut-out win.

At the end of the first two days of competition, the top four point producers are seeded into Sunday's final two rounds.

Payson plays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., July 4. Both games are on the Rumsey Library field.

On Sunday, Payson is slated for games at 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. All are on the Rumsey North field.

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