Poker Run Is Great Fun

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Those who have participated in previous Justice McNeeley Foundation Quad/Poker Runs know what great fun they can be.

At the inaugural event held in the summer of 2004 at Sidewinders in Pine, three years ago, my son and two granddaughters participated. Son, Kyle, took one girl on his quad and I took the other on mine.

At the end of four stops, I was holding three queens. But at that point, son asked to swap places with me and requested I ride behind him because he was tired of eating dust.

As luck would have it at the fifth and final stop, he received a queen which would have been my card had we not swapped running places.

And guess what?

Four queens would have been the winning hand. If memory serves me, the prize was a very nice rifle.

The 2007 Justice McNeeley quad run will begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Rimside Grill south of Pine. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the entry is $10 per person.

There will be prizes for first and second place.

Since this year's run is in the fall, rather than the summer, as it has been in the past, riders should plan to bundle up for cooler weather.

Also during the event, a volleyball tournament will be held with a generous prize donated by Hat Creek Electric. The entry fee is $10 per team. A horseshoe tournament ($10 entry fee) will be held and there will be a live band, raffles and giveaways. A breakfast will be served from 7 to 9 a.m.

The Justice McNeeley Foundation was began four years ago to buy the boy, then a 5-year-old kindergartner at Pine School, a state-of-the-art wheelchair called a Go-Bot.

The event eventually earned the money needed to purchase Justice the Go-Bot. But the foundation continued to grow and it now holds various benefits to earn money for other needy Pine residents.

From Parks and Recreation coordinator Joe Harris

Payson Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a street-ball 3-on-3-basketball tournament Nov. 2 and 3 at Rumsey Park. Prizes will include $150 from Chili's and a bunch of movie tickets.

At 5 p.m. on opening day each team will play in a round-robin seeding series of games. The following day at 9 a.m., the tournament begins. Admission is $50 per team for up to six players. There are three divisions (a) men's, (b) women's, and (c) coed. There must be a minimum of four teams for a tournament to be held.

Also on the P&R recreation scene, adult coed volleyball games begin in mid-October.

There are eight teams currently entered -- five in the competitive division and four in the recreational league. The competitive teams are a) Ludke Custom Builders, b) Wingnit, c) Red, d) Just Made It and e) Trinity Homes.

The recreational teams are a) Payson Regional Medical Center, b) Mixed Up, c) Boys & Girls, and d) NTLB. Games will being Oct. 22..

Women's and men's volleyball play begins in early December.

Registration is Oct. 22 through Nov. 9. The entry fee is $200 per team.

Entry fee includes an end-of-season double-elimination tournament

Competitive and recreation divisions will be offered.

Call Harris at (928) 474-5242 ext. 7 for more information.

Flycasting 101

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department is offering a flycasting class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

Register today for this free program, offered in cooperation with the Payson Flycasters Flyfishing Club.

A professional fishing guide from McKenzie River, Ore., will present a slide show on flyfishing on the McKenzie River, and will be available after the presentation to teach correct flyfishing methods of flycasting at Green Valley Lake.

Pre-register at the Payson Parks and Recreation Office, or on-site the day of the event if you are already a member of Payson Flycasters.

For more information on the Payson Flycasters, you can visit their Web site at www.paysonflycasters.com.

Look for more joint offerings in the near future.

Coed Softball Tournament

Fall Coed Softball 2007 ended Thursday night. Yellow Snow won the tournament and they were the upset being the third seed.

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