Adults Will Play In 'Open' Division Basketball League

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The Payson Parks and Recreation-sponsored adult basketball league, which began play Feb. 22, is missing two of the divisions it's featured in previous years.

Instead of hosting a competitive and recreation division, all eight teams that registered for play have been combined into one "adult open" division.

According to town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt, all teams were placed into one division because not enough squads signed up for a separate recreation, less competitive, league.

"We only had three teams, so we had to go with one (division)," she said.

However, the three teams that hoped to register for recreation play only will just play the competitive squads once during the year.

At the conclusion of the season, March 24, the teams that wish to participate in a double-elimination championship tournament may do so for an entry fee of $100. The deadline for entering the tournament is March 18.

According to Hunt, if at that time there is enough interest in two divisions, she will schedule a separate recreation tournament bracket along with a competitive one.

"But we need at least four teams in each division," she said.

In addition to the adult open league, the town is hosting an over-30 hoop league that has attracted six teams including the aptly named "Old Age and Treachery."

Games in both leagues are played Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Payson High School's old gymnasium.

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