Payson Little League will host tryouts Feb. 19 at Rumsey Park for all players not returning to a major division team they played on last season.
Tryouts for 9-year-olds will be at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m, the 10-year-olds will try out. The 11-year-olds should report at 11 a.m. and 12-year-olds at noon. Players should report in baseball gear and prepared for physical tests of throwing, base-running and hitting.
According to local Little League president Chuck Barton, youngsters involved in a basketball tournament also occurring that same morning may report for tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m.
At the tryouts, Little League officials will be accepting late registration and scheduling additional tryouts. Players who register after Feb. 19 will be placed on a waiting list and assigned to teams as vacancies occur.
Call (928) 468-1711 or (928) 474-5937 for more information.
Payson anglers hook fourth
The Rim country fishing team of Tracy Purtee and Keith Hunsinger finished fourth at the AllStar Bass team tournament Feb. 5 at Bartlett Lake.
The two anglers weighed in a six-bass limit of 9.3 pounds that earned the pair $450 in prize money. Purtee and Hunsinger fished crankbaits and Texas-rigged worms uplake near the Verde River down to 5 feet deep. The team is sponsored by Payson Community Christian School. The duo were the only Rim anglers to finish among the top 10.
Fruth listed as POY
Contained in Barry Sollenberger's 2004 Phoenix Metro Football Magazine is a list of Class 2A players of the year dating back to 1960 when Clifton halfback Ernie DeLeon earned the honor.
In 1981, Payson halfback Tom Fruth is listed as the winner. The magazine also features a picture of Fruth during a long run.
Longtime football fans will remember Fruth as one of the fines running backs to ever don a Longhorn uniform.
The magazine's website can be found at www.phoenixmetrofootball.com.
Presidents' Day Classic in CV
The inaugural Northern Arizona Presidents' Day Classic middle school/junior high boys and girls basketball tournament will be Feb. 18 and 19 in Camp Verde.
At least one Payson team, the Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade squad coached by Ross Carpenter, has indicated it will participate.
The tournament will serve as a qualifier for a National Championship Tournament June 2 through 5 at Colorado State University in Pueblo.
Qualifiers similar to the one in Camp Verde will be conducted in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and California in 2005.
In the Camp Verde tournament, teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games for an entry fee of $200. The tournament will be limited to 24 teams.
For more information, call C.J. Sells at (928) 284-5055 or (928) 300-1349.
Soccer deadline approaches
Youngsters 4 to 15 interested in participating in youth soccer must register before the Feb. 23 deadline. The fee is $20 which include a T-shirt and season-ending team pizza party.
Youngsters will compete in one of five age divisions -- 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-15 years. Players will be placed on teams by a random selection process. No special requests for player placement will be accepted.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.