One League Ends, Another Begins


Town Parks and Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen has stamped the recently completed adult volleyball leagues as ample fun and competition for all who played.

In the men's division, the team with the unlikely name of "Hit It With Your Purse, Alice!" won first place by outdueling runner-up Precision Intricast.

Ludtke's Likers took third.

In the Women's Recreation Division, Off the Wall came off the ropes to take first. In the Net finished second and Team PMS third.

Legacy Home Furnishings claimed the title in the Women's Open Division, digging past Serves You Right. Cha Ching was third.

Little League tryouts on deck

Payson Little League coach Craig McMullen wants all parents and Little League players to show up promptly at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Rumsey Park south multipurpose field for tryouts.

McMullen emphasizes that although the tryouts are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the players should be at the park by the start of the session.

Those who have not yet registered should arrive early to complete sign-up requirements.

"This is the last chance (to sign up)," McMullen said.

The tryout is for players, ages 8- to 12-years, which did not play on a major league team last season.

League age for all players will be determined by their actual age on April 30, 2007.

Aspiring 8-year-old players do not need to try out out unless they would like to participate in the player-pitch minor league. Those 8-year-olds who do not try out will be placed in the coach-pitch league.

With the Little League season rolling around, reminders of last year's banner campaigns are still fresh in our minds.

In late July of 2006, Payson wrapped up play with the finest showing ever turned in by a Rim Country 9- to 10-year-old All-Star team.

In the postseason, the team posted a 9-2 record that included Area One and District One championships.

In both tournaments, Payson posted undefeated records winning most games on the 10-run mercy rule.

In the postseason, Payson outscored its opponents by a whopping 177-37 margin.

In the Arizona state showdown, the Rim stars outscored their foes 71-28.

The elimination of the Payson stars turned a bit unsettling when a complicated tie-breaking system, involving "runs scored per defensive inning in pool play," was used to unravel a dead knot in the final standings.

Payson finished with a ratio of .908 and Sabino was .933 so the Tucson team advanced and the Rim stars returned home.

Little League officials called the finish the closest in state history.

As disappointing as elimination was, McMullen, the all-star coach, made no excuses, blamed no poor officiating calls, never complained and asked his kids to walk tall, hold their heads high and remember with pride their efforts in the state tournament.

McMullen said, "The players represented themselves, their town, their league and parents and coaches with sportsmanship, heart and dignity."

He also lauded the parents.

"The superior commitment and support provided by the parents was absolutely critical to the level of success and the quality of the experience for the players," he said.

The coach also thanked the sponsors who donated time, money, equipment and supplies during the Little Leaguers amazing ride into the state tournament.

Here's hoping the 2007 Little League organization has another banner season.

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