Fear Of Cold Not A Factor For Fishermen


For Pine anglers Jake Randall and Paul Randall, fear of the cold is not a factor.

The cousins braved freezing temperatures to win the Best Bet Aluminum Boat team bass fishing tournaments, held Jan.15 at Roosevelt Lake.

Best Bet officials are calling the tournament, "one of the coldest on record."

The winning team boated a six-bass limit that tipped the scales at 9.28 pounds. In their catch was the tournament's "Big Fish" winner -- a 4.45 pound largemouth.

For the frigid win, the Pine team received $3,350 in prize money.

The two fished drop-shot finesses, worms and spider jigs down to 30 feet in the Humburg Cove and Castle Creek area.

The team is sponsored by The Tackle Box in Tonto Basin.

The next Best Bet Aluminum Boat Bass Tournament will be held Feb. 3 at Bartlett Lake. Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.

Girls 3A basketball rankings

Polls usually mean very little once postseason tournaments roll around. But here's one circulating around the state that makes some sense.

No. 1 Ganado

No. 2 Winslow

No. 3 Payson

No. 4 Monument Valley

No. 5 Coolidge

No. 6 Chinle

No. 7 Round Valley

No. 8 Seton Catholic

No. 9 Alchesay

No. 10 Parker

Little League signup

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Payson High School gym and on the PHS baseball field, aspiring Rim Country Little League players will have the opportunity to register for spring and summer play, meet former Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks star, Mark Grace, attend a four-hour training camp and enjoy free pizza and soda pop.

Payson Little League, Arizona Public Service and the Arizona Diamondbacks are jointly sponsoring the festivities.

The contingent of Diamondback representatives scheduled to attend along with Grace include pitcher Doug Slater, catcher Chris Snyder, coach Glenn Sherlock and broadcaster Jeff Munn.

That contingent will arrive at 11 a.m. and depart at 12:30 p.m.

Later, they will make stops at other communities around Arizona.

During the stay in Payson, the Diamondback representatives will participate in an autograph session, answer fans' questions and host a Little League awards ceremony in which members of Payson's 2006 all-star teams will be recognized.

Also, the first 100 aspiring Little League players who register will be eligible to participate in the baseball clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register for the clinic, call Ann Henley at (928) 474-7627.

During the clinic, Diamondback coaches will teach the proper baseball fundamentals of throwing, catching, hitting and base running.

Campers and parents can anticipate the clinic will be a shortened version of the Diamondback Training Center camps held each summer in Payson.

Also during the day, parents may register their children for 2007 spring and summer play. Information booths will be set up to accept registration.

Aspiring players ages 6 to 15 are eligible to participate, but all those new to the program must present birth certificates.

The registration fee is $75 and discounts are available for families who have multiple children involved in the league.

For parents who cannot afford registration fees, scholarships are available.

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