Town recreation specialist Charlene Hunt is fretting that with just one day remaining in the registration period for men's and women's volleyball, many local players have yet to sign up.
"Some wait until the last minute," she said.
Failure to register promptly makes it doubly difficult for the department to schedule games and plan for payment.
Registration, which can be completed at the parks offices located at Green Valley Park, began Nov. 1 and wraps up at 5 p.m. Nov. 23.
Hunt's goal is to have enough teams register to have both recreational and competitive divisions in separate men's and women's leagues.
To have two divisions, Hunt said, a four-team minimum is needed in both.
The regular season will tip off in early December and will conclude a month later with a post-season tournament. The entry fee is $175 for each team.
Call Hunt at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.
Youth hoop sign ups begin
For the younger set of athletes, registration for third and fourth grade basketball began Nov. 21 and will continue until December 14. League play begins in early January.
Those who register after the deadline will be placed on teams only if space permits. The registration fee is $20 per player which includes a minimum of 10 games, a team T-shirt and a season-ending pizza party.
Call (928) 474-5242, ext. 7 for more information.
FAN club meets
The Payson High School FAN (Friends and Neighbors) club is in the process of planning the season-ending football and cheer awards banquet. It is tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Tonto Apache gymnasium.
Football coach Jerry Rhoades anticipates the event will be lengthy because cheerleaders, freshmen, jayvee and varsity players will be honored with certificates and letters, and postseason honors will be doled out by coaches and sponsors.
The East region's long domination of the Class 3A football tournament came to a screeching halt Nov. 18 at Mesa College where the Winslow Bulldogs whipped the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets 19-14.
The Jackets were the lone East team remaining in the tournament.
Payson, an East No. 3 seed, was eliminated Nov. 4 in the first round, 15-14, by Safford.
Round Valley, the East's top seed, lost 63-0 to Wickenburg in the second round.
Snowflake fell, 48-0, to south champ Coolidge in the first round.
The championship game, at 7:07 p.m. Nov. 26 at Tempe McClintock, will pit north champion Winslow against Coolidge.
Lot of Hardt
Former Rim Country Middle School and Payson High School student Kari Hardt -- now a senior at Queen Creek -- posted the best girl's time (18:42.45) in Arizona at the state cross country championships.
In addition to winning the state crown, Hardt captured titles of the East Sky region meet, Doug Conley Tempe meet and the Tucson Los Mesquites championships.
Along the way, she set meet records at most of the competitions.
Kari is coached by her mother, Ellie, a former PHS basketball star.
Kari has inked a letter of intent to Arizona State University where she will join her older sister Whitney on the Sun Devil track and cross country teams.