Fall Sports For Participants And Spectators

RIM REVIEW

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Fall sports abound for Rim Country residents of all ages. If participating in a game is not your cup of tea, then there are plenty of sports to watch.

Turn and Burn series

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Payson Little League third baseman, Chance Randall.

Progressive, no age group, pole and barrel racing begins Aug. 9 and continues through September.

Books open at 5:30 p.m. Races start at 6:30 p.m.

Entry fee is $5 per event.

For more information, contact the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive; call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7, or visit the Web site www.paysonparks.com.

Monsoon 5K Run

9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

The pre-registration fee is $15 for the 3.1-mile course around Green Valley Park. It costs $20 to enter the day of the race.

For more information, contact the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, 1000 W. Country Club Drive; call (928) 474-5242 ext. 7, or visit the Web site www.paysonparks.com.

Here fishy, fishy, fishy

Fishing for information on the Arizona Department of Game and Fish's Web site www.gf.state.az.us is a breeze.

Shortly before monsoon thunderstorms hit, fishing can be excellent according to the July 25 "Rory's Tip."

But he recommended taking cover in the event of lightning.

The best biting at Willow Springs Lake is at first and last light.

An angler caught an 11-pound large mouth bass on Roosevelt Lake the third week of July.

Roosevelt is at 58 percent capacity.

"As this quality fishery continues going through the new lake syndrome, there will likely be a long parade of these super hawgs coming out of Rosey," Rory Aikens wrote.

A general statewide fishing license is $18 and is valid for all species except trout. A trout stamp is $10.50.

The lakes at Green Valley Park are part of Arizona's Urban Fishing Program.

Payson angler Eric Smith pulled a potentially AzG&F record breaking 7-pound, 15-3/4-ounce rainbow trout out of the lake in January.

The GVP lake was last stocked with trout in March. It is not scheduled to be restocked until October.

Fishing at GVP or other Arizona town lakes requires a license if a person is older than 14. The cost is $16 per year.

Payson Parks and Recreation has a limited supply of fishing gear for little fisherfolk to borrow.

Fishing licenses are for the calendar year.

On the hunt

Hunting tags have been drawn for this season's big game hunts, but permits and tags are available for other hunts, including:

Pheasants: September, October and November dates

Quail: October through February

Partridge: September through February

Blue grouse: Sept. 15 through Nov. 26

Squirrel: September, October and November dates

Rabbit: year-round

Mountain lion: year-round

Each area has specific hunting dates dependent upon the bird or mammal hunted.

There are separate dates for hunting with a bow and arrow. Consult www.gf.state.az.us to download complete regulations.

The 2007 deadline to submit applications for most big game hunts is May 31. Most drawings are held in June.

Striking the pins

NFL Bowling is the newest league now forming at Rim Country Lanes. Adults and children will bowl Monday nights beginning Sept. 18. Monday Night Football will play on the game screens and bowlers get an NFL logo bowling ball.

A new senior league is beginning Sept. 5. Bowling is at 2 p.m. Tuesdays.

The high school intra-mural league starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

There are 11 other leagues to choose from including Bed Pan Alley (mixed), Pizza and Beer (mixed), Alley Cats (ladies) and the Superman Bowling Club (youth).

School athletic events

Payson High School

Athletes at Payson High School have a selection of sports to choose from, giving Rim Country residents a variety of games to watch.

The school year starts with soccer, cross country, volleyball and football. Basketball and wrestling follow in the winter and baseball, softball, track and golf begin in spring.

The following schedules list only the first freshman, junior varsity and varsity games of the season and the first home games for PHS athletes. PHS has complete schedules.

Admission to PHS games is $4 per person for freshman and junior varsity events, $5 for varsity events.

Family season passes are available.

A pass that includes all home games for a particular sport costs $50. One that includes all home games to all sports the 2006-2007 school year costs $120.

Passes are for family members living under one roof.

Football

  • Varsity vs. Florence, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, home.
  • Freshman and junior varsity vs. Winslow, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug 31, home
  • Homecoming, varsity vs. Snowflake, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, home

Boys Soccer

  • Varsity vs. Sedona, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, scrimmage, away
  • Junior varsity vs. Blue Ridge, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, away
  • Varsity vs. Round Valley, 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, home
  • Junior varsity vs. Holbrook, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, home

Girls Soccer

  • Varsity vs. Sedona, noon Saturday, Aug. 26, scrimmage, away
  • Varsity and junior varsity vs. Blue Ridge, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, home

Cross Country

  • 3A East Preview, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 (golf course run)

Volleyball

  • Freshman, junior varsity and varsity vs. Globe, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, home

Rim Country Middle School

The following is a schedule of the first few Rim Country Middle School games and meets. RCMS has complete schedules. Dates and times subject to change.

There is no cost to attend games at RCMS unless they are part of a tournament hosted inside the school gym.

Softball

  • Seventh-grade vs. Snowflake, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, home
  • Eighth-grade vs. Snowflake, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, away
  • Seventh-grade vs. St. Johns, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, home
  • Eighth-grade vs. St. Johns, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, away

Football

  • Seventh-grade vs. Snowflake, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. home
  • Eighth-grade vs. Snowflake, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. away
  • Seventh-grade vs. St. Johns, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, home
  • Eighth-grade vs. St. Johns, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, away

Cross Country

The first cross country meet for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Camp Verde.

Editor's note: These are only a few of the contests in which the high school and middle school students will participate. Check with the school for a complete schedule, or see the Roundup.

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