Little League Tryouts Postponed

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Payson Little League tryouts slated for Feb. 19 at Rumsey Park were postponed due to rain, snow and poor field conditions.

The tryouts have been rescheduled for Feb. 26, providing weather doesn't once again make the field unplayable. If that should happen, the tryouts will be moved ahead each Saturday until they are completed, Little League president Chuck Barton said.

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The Little League baseball tryouts scheduled for Feb. 19 were postponed until Feb. 26.

If the Fieldturf all-weather surface near the library remains playable, tryouts might be moved from the Rumsey I diamond to there.

Tryouts for 9-year-olds will be at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. the 10-year-olds will tryouts out. The 11-year-olds should report at 11 a.m. and the 12-year-olds at noon. Players should report in baseball gear and prepared for physical tests of throwing, base-running and hitting.

Any prospective players that may be involved in town fifth- and sixth-grade basketball play during the time of tryouts, my report from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for individual tryouts.

A final player registration also will be held during the tryouts.

Call (928) 468-1711 or (928) 474-5937 for more information.

Deadline approaches

Town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt is emphasizing that youngsters who do not register for play in the youth soccer league prior to the deadline at 5 p.m. Wednesday run the risk of not being placed on a team.

After the deadline, players will be put on teams only as vacancies occur and there will be no guarantees of placement, Hunt said.

Also, she added, players will be placed on teams by a random selection process. No special requests for player placement will be accepted.

Registration may be completed at the Parks and Recreation offices located at Green Valley park. The fee is $20 which includes a T-shirt and season-ending pizza party.

Youngsters will compete in one of five age divisions: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-15 years.

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

USA Wrestling heats up

Each Tuesday and Thursday until June 4, Payson USA Wrestling club practice will be in the Wilson Dome wrestling room. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., wrestlers in second- through sixth-grades will train. The 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. training sessions will be for wrestlers in seventh-grade and older.

The fee to participate is $30 which is used to purchase each individual an USA wrestling participation permit.

Qualified wrestlers will be eligible to participate in 14 tournaments on the USA spring and summer calender

Lots of Hardt

Former Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School running sensation Kari Hardt has been named one of azcentral.com's "Performers to Watch" during the upcoming track and field season.

Now a senior at Queen Creek High School, Hardt is one of the state's best in the long-distance runs including 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters.

Expect to see Hardt qualify in the future for such prestigious meets as the Great Southwest (June 4 at the University of New Mexico), Golden West (June 11 in Sacramento) and possibly the Nike National Outdoor (June 18 at the University of North Carolina).

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