Hunt Inherits King-Sized Tournament Task

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Former town parks and recreation sports coordinator Teddy Pettet left his successor, Charlene Hunt, a formidable challenge before departing for his new teaching position in Idaho.

Hunt's job has been to oversee men's and women's softball league postseason tournaments in seven playing divisions.

The men's tournament featured five divisions -- Wood Bat, Men's Open, Rec. A, Rec. B and Rec. C.

In women's play, there were Rec. A and Rec. B divisions.

Action in the myriad of tournament brackets wrapped up this week after rain-outs had forced games to be postponed.

Women's results

In the Women's A division finale, Hunt's Waste Management team defeated runner-up Total Wrecks for the crown. The Wrecks were coached by Peggy Felton.

To win, WM defeated the Wrecks two out of three games.

In the Women's B double-elimination tournament, Denise O'Donnell's Mazatzal Casino team claimed the championship over silver medalist Phil White Ford and third place Auto Life Support. The casino finished 3-0, Phil White was 3-2 and Life Support posted a 2-2 mark. Callie White coached Ford and Katy Taylor headed ALS.

Men's results

In men's Wood Bat play, Mike Conway's Rustic Mountain Homes took first with a 3-0 tournament record. The Splendid Splinters of coach Chris Avakian were 2-2 and the tournament runner-up.

It was the Men's Open tournament where Pettet turned extremely creative in his formatting. Every team began in Men's Open and those that lost a first-round game dropped into the Rec. A bracket. Losers there were seeded into Rec. B play and finally to the Rec. C division.

The most hotly contested bracket turned out to be the open where Rick Finley's Mountain Bible (4-1) team came back through the loser's bracket to beat former Longhorn football and baseball star Chad Martin's Lumberman (2-2). To win the crown, MB edged the Lumberman in a championship showdown and again in an "if' game.

In the Rec. A division, Ray LaHaye's Old and the Bold (4-1) also had to win an "if" game to claim the title over Southridge Homes (5-2) coached by Rick Sokol.

Ken Gouker's Who's squad finished 3-1 to claim Rec. B laurels.

The Mountain Bible Thumpers were 2-2 and in second place. Rick Finley also coached that team.

In the Rec. C division, Andre Newell and his CCI teammates were 3-1 and the gold medalist. Manny's Batting Cage took second by posting a 2-2 mark.

More coed teams needed

With the men's and women's tournament over, the parks and recreation department is gearing up for the upcoming coed season.

However, the P&R department is facing a huge problem --only four teams have registered for play and the registration deadline is Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. There will be no late registration period.

To continue to offer the league, Hunt would like to have a minimum of eight teams. Hunt said it's possible that the parks and recreation could field a six-team league but that would not be an ideal situation.

With only six teams, there would be just one division of play. Hunt plans to have two divisions -- open and recreational.

In the open division, the men would use a 12-inch softball and the women an 11-inch one. In recreational play, a 14-inch softball would be used by men and an 11-inch by the women.

If enough teams sign up by today, play would begin Sept. 7 and continue for about five weeks. Games will be played Monday through Thursday at Rumsey II. The registration fee is $175.

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

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