Sign Up Early For Trout Contest


Only the first 100 who register will be able to participate in the 20th Annual Payson Community Christian School Trout Tournament, 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3, at Woods Canyon Lake.

The registration fee is $20 if paid before May 7. On the day of the tournament, the fee is $25.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to purchase student computers at PCCS.

Registration for the tournament opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 7 a.m. All pre-registered anglers must check in prior to participation.

The weigh-in, at the dock house, begins at 3 p.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Catch and release is permissible. An awards ceremony will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Woods Canyon store. Trophies for first, second and third place will be awarded. The trophies will be awarded for the largest fish and total weight of all fish caught.

There is a six-fish limit per angler. Entry forms are available at the Payson Community Christian School located at 1102 W. Lake Drive.

For more information call 474-8050.

Tournament rules

1. Minimum fish size that may be kept is 8-inches.

2. Valid Arizona fishing license and trout stamp is required.

3. Entries must fish Woods Canyon Lake only.

4. No prefishing after April 28.

5. Tournament will take place in all types of weather.

6. The tournament director will make all final decisions.

In Salt Lake

Teddy Pettet enjoyed a nice break from his job as Payson High School's baseball coach.

Following a March 19 baseball game in Peoria against an Arkansas high school team, Pettet headed for Salt Lake City to take in the NCAA baseball tournament. He was on hand to watch both Arizona and Duke University battle in the tournament's first round.

Umpires needed

Looking for a few extra dollars to supplement your income?

If so, a good option might be part-time work as a Payson Little League baseball umpire.

For those interested, an organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 27 at the Payson Library.

A portion of the evening will be dedicated to a training program for umpires. Follow-up training sessions also will be held.

A typical working evening for umpires could begin about 4:30 p.m. Games continue until about 9:30 p.m.

The season begins April 26 and continues until June 20. Games are played on weekday evenings only.

Currently, about nine umpires are ready for the season but league officials would like to have at least six more on the roster. Candidates do not have to be certified, but should have a working knowledge of the sport.

High school students are eligible to apply.

Minor league umpires receive $15 per game. Major umpires earn $18 a game. Senior league umpires who work behind the plate earn $25 per game. Those who work the field are paid $22.

For more information, call Tracy Purtee at 478-4337.

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