Softball Team Doing Great In Tourney Play

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The Payson Cougars senior slow-pitch softball team is off and running with a 4-1-1 record in Fountain Hills Winter League play. About 20 local seniors are playing on the team that travels each Wednesday to Golden Eagle Park in Fountain Hills for double headers.

The seniors practice Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Rumsey Park.

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The Cougars senior softball team participates in the Fountain Hills League each Wednesday morning.

Cougars manager/player Abe "Skipper" Yamada said the team will also participate Feb. 25 to 26 in the Fountain Hills Great Fair Tournament, at a Cinco de Mayo tournament in Nogales and in the fall at the Senior World Series in St. George, Utah.

Yamada predicts the Payson team has the talent to be competitive against the top-notch teams that annually enter the World Series.

Good catch

The Rim Country fishing team of Bobby O'Donnell and John Browning joined forces to take fourth place at the first BestBet Aluminum Boat bass fishing tournament of the year. The fray was held Jan. 28 at Bartlett Lake.

The Payson pair weighed in five bass that tipped the scales at 9.95 pounds. In the catch was a 5.25-pounder that turned out to be the "Big Fish" of the tournament.

For their finish and the big fish, the two shared $1,025 in prize money. Tournament organizers say the duo "fished spider jigs on main lake points down to 20 feet."

Little League sign-ups continue

Parents who missed the first two Little League registrations have just two more opportunities to sign up.

The next will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

A final registration will be held during the same hours Feb. 11, also in RCMS gym.

The fee is $60 for the first child in a family and $55 for each additional sibling. Parents will also be asked to volunteer in some form during the 2006 season.

Tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Feb. 25 on the Rumsey south multipurpose field. They are mandatory for players 9 years of age and older hoping to play in the majors division.

Little League officials stress the importance of signing up players as soon as possible so that plans for play can be finalized.

Call Linda Schreur at 472-9331 for more information.

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