Little League Needs You

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Local Little League official Chuck Barton has a stern warning to Payson Little League players and parents:

"Unless positions on the (governing) board are filled, the league may not be able to continue," he said.

Considering the success the local major league all-star team enjoyed last summer when it won the area championship and advanced to state, not having Little League play in the Rim country would be a travesty.

The opportunity for adults to volunteer services to the youth league and ensure that the league continues will present itself at a general meeting at 7 p.m., Oct. 30 in the Payson Library meeting room.

One of the most important positions that has not yet been filled is that of player agent. The player agent conducts the annual draft which places players on their respective Little League teams. The agent also supervises the selection of players by team managers, among other duties.

Barton also hopes that the position of minor league director can be filled at the upcoming meeting. The director supervises daily play in the younger age divisions.

For more information, call Barton at (928) 468-1711.

Ex-Horns battle

A pair of former Payson High School football coaches locked horns when Queen Creek played Higley Friday evening in a Class 3A showdown. Curt LeBlanc is the head coach of the Queen Creek Bulldogs which slipped past coach Jim Beall's Higley team 22-17.

At Payson High School in 1998, LeBlanc was the defensive coordinator on the Longhorn team that won the state championship. Beall was the head coach of the championship team. After leaving Payson High at the conclusion of that season, LeBlanc coached at River Valley High School before taking over at Queen Creek. Beall left Payson in 1999 to coach at Higley.

LeBlanc's state fourth-ranked Dogs are off to an 8-1 start.

V-Ball, 5K on tap

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department has a couple of challenging athletic opportunities on its schedule.

Registration for the popular men's and women's volleyball league runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 21.

During the volleyball season, which will begin in early December and continue through February, two divisions will be offered by Parks and Rec. The competitive division is designed for the hardcore players who enjoy challenging and spirited court action. The recreation division is for athletes who are playing for exercise and enjoyment. The entry fee is $175 per team which includes end-of-the-season tournaments.

The annual Turkey Trot 5K Walk-Run at 10 a.m., Nov. 22, will provide everyone an advance opportunity to offset some of those calories they'll most likely pile on during Thanksgiving dinner.

The 3.1-mile jaunt begins and ends at the Green Valley Park amphitheater. By registering early, participants will guarantee themselves a $5 savings. The registration fee before Nov. 21 is $15. On race day, the fee increased to $20. Also, those who pre- register will be given a nifty souvenir race shirt. If you're one of the gifted athletes with the ability to win the race, you'll receive a free turkey.

Call (928) 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

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