Players Sought For Senior Little League

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The Senior Division (13 to 15 years old) of Payson Little League is in desperate need of enough players to form a fourth team for upcoming spring and summer play.

According to league president Chuck Barton, only enough players to form three teams are currently registered.

Officials say, a three-team senior division would not be competitive or in the best interests of the young players. So, a public plea has been made to try and attract 13 to 15-year-old players for another senior team.

"As far as I know, Little League won't conflict with school teams," Barton said.

New players who register will participate in tryouts and a draft from 9 a.m. to noon April 24. The site will probably be Rumsey II, but the location has not been finalized, Barton said.

Players should attend the tryouts dressed in baseball gear and ready to play. The athletes will participate in drills designed to test the basic skills of hitting, throwing, base running and fielding.

Players should also have their birth certificates at the tryouts.

Returning players who were on a team last season will remain on that squad.

The registration fee is $40 and discounts are available for families with more than one child participating in the program.

Those interested in participating in the senior division can register by calling Barton at (928) 468-1711, Mark Frantzke (928) 474-2746 or Tony Wise (928) 468-6839.

Run for cash

For the first time in the history of the event, The Payson Area Habitat Home Run 5K will offer cash prizes to the overall top three male and female finishers. First place is worth $100 and second place finishers receive $50. Third place runners earn $25. Medals will also be awarded to the top three men and women in each age category. All racers are also entered in a raffle.

The 5K will be held May 15 at Green Valley Park. The annual event, which draws both walkers and runners, will get off to a booming start at 8 a.m. Registration and T-shirt pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. Immediately after the run, until about 10 a.m., a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony will be held in the park. The registration fee is $15 if paid before May 7. After May 7 and on the day of the race, the fee is $20. The registration fee includes participation in the race, an event T-shirt and breakfast.

The loop course begins near the Veterans Memorial in GVP and continues down Country Club Drive where it takes a U-turn and returns along Country Club to GVP and the finish line at the memorial.

The event is held each year to benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity and its mission to build affordable housing in the Rim country.

Registration forms are available at the Payson Athletic Club located at 400 E. Highway to 260 or the PAHH offices at 1013 S. Goodfellow Road. Call (928) 474-0330 for more information.

Nine Hole Golf League

The Nine Hole Golf group will have a kick-off brunch at the Crosswinds Cafe at the airport at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 25. Any ladies interested in joining the group can contact Jane Patterson at (928) 474-7090 and plan to attend the brunch. This is a fun group and anyone interested in playing with us is encouraged to come and join. The first day of golf will be Thursday, April 1, with tee off at 9 a.m., arrival time at 8:45 a.m. If you cannot attend the brunch and plan to play on April 1, call Jane Patterson to sign up.

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