Police Turn It Up On Sports Scene

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In Dennis Pirch's May 26 Outdoors Under the Rim column, he writes of attending an inaugural law enforcement officer competitive bass tournament.

Police officers must be turning it up a notch on the sports scene, because they've also added a Law Enforcement Rodeo Association competition to be held June 10 and 11 at the Payson Event Center.

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A Law Enforcement Rodeo Association competition will be held June 10 and 11 at the Payson Event Center.

Performances begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

There is no admission charge.

Bryan Sepulveda of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office organized the first-ever rodeo with the help of long-time Payson Rodeo Boss Bill Armstrong.

Sepulveda said the rodeo will feature all the same events of a PRCA event.

The LERA rodeo is sponsored by Corral West, Chapman Auto Center, Phil White Ford, Arizona Public Service and Bud Light.

Pippen off base

What was ESPN's Scottie Pippen thinking, or not thinking, when he said Steve Nash was not deserving of the NBA MVP award?

That criticism came from a player who once refused to enter a game in the waning moments of a crucial playoff because the coach had not drawn a play for him to take the final shot.

We might not have even been seeing Pippen on television had he not gained fame by having the good fortune of playing on the same team as Michael Jordan.

Without Jordan, he would have been just another NBA player.

Thankfully, Nash responded in game seven with one of his finest efforts of the post season to show up Pippen for what he is -- a rattle-brained chump.

Morris tournament set

The third annual Jack Morris Memorial Golf Tournament tees off at 7:30 a.m. June 17 at Payson Golf Course with a shotgun start and best-ball format.

The entry fee is $85 per player, which includes green fees, cart, food and prize money.

The field is limited to the first 110 golfers who register by the June 10 deadline.

Prizes include closest-to-the-pin awards on all par-3 holes, longest drive in the fairways and a hole-in-one prize on a preselected hole.

Other prizes are being gathered by the tournament golf committee.

In addition to accepting players for the tournament, the golf committee is searching for more event sponsors.

All donations are tax deductible and a tax ID number is available.

Entry forms are available at the Payson Roundup, 708 N. Beeline Highway.

For more information, call tournament director Gary Cordell at (928) 474-4401.

Pro ball in Payson

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host both baseball and softball training centers July 10 to 14 at Rumsey Park.

The camps are conducted each day from 8 to 11 a.m. and are open to both boys and girls 6 to 12 years old.

This summer, more than 95 week-long camps will be held in 35 Arizona towns over a nine-week period beginning Memorial Day.

The camp fee is $150, which includes a Diamondbacks hat, T-shirt, wristbands and two tickets to a 2006 Diamondbacks home game at Bank One Ballpark.

The camp curriculum, which is endorsed by the Arizona baseball staff, is matched to the age and skill level of the campers, Smith said.

Instructors are handpicked by the organization to teach the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing and base running, as well as specific position play.

Each camp day and session is highly choreographed to maximize participation and activity time. Instructors are from a group of former professional players, as well as local collegiate and high school coaches.

In previous years, the camps have not only drawn from the Rim Country, but also from young players from the Valley whose parents are eager to escape the heat with the hour-and-a-half commute.

Registration can be completed online at www.dbacksoutreach.com or by calling (800) 821-7152.

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