Cancelation Draws Old Coach's Wrath

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As the former football and basketball coach and math teacher of David Nicholas, you could bet the winning lottery ticket -- if you're lucky enough to be clutching it -- I'll soon give the Show Low baseball coach a brutal jousting.

It seems David called PHS athletic director Dave Bradley Friday and canceled the Payson vs. Show Low baseball game scheduled for yesterday (Monday).

Dave Bradley says he tried to convince David into going ahead with the game, but the Cougar coach was reluctant to come to Payson because he was scheduled to play Snowflake today.

Now, that's not the David I remember as the starting quarterback on our 1983 East region championship football team.

The David lodged in my memory was the feisty, hard-nosed kid who never backed out of a competition.

I recall asking him not to play town and church-league softball games between two-a-day preseason football practices.

But, he persisted and continued to spend all his waking hours either at football practices, on the softball diamond or shooting baskets in the SLHS gymnasium.

David was a fiery competitor who thrived on athletic challenges whether it was football, baseball, basketball or softball.

As a player, he especially looked forward to taking on the Longhorns. I don't even want to consider what his reaction would have been to telling him a Horn vs. Cougar game had been canceled.

Like all of us, age might have mellowed David a smidgen. After all, he's now a very fine husband, father, teacher, coach and highly respected community member.

But, his new-found accountability doesn't mean he's not going to be on the receiving end of a mouth-full of high powered smack talk from his old coach.

Little League needs seniors

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 and 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.

New players who register will participate in tryouts and a draft from 9 a.m. to noon April 24. The location has not been finalized, Barton said. Players should attend the tryouts dressed in baseball gear and ready to play. 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.

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

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