The Payson Cougars Senior Softball Team is still active andxtends their gratitude to Darla and Roger Annabel for sponsoring and supporting the team since September, 2006. They are the proprietors of "Crossroads Restaurant" at the airport and "Knotty Pines" restaurant on the Beeline Highway (south side of the town).
The Annabels have tremendous experience in the restaurant business. Prior to their relocation from Mesa to Payson, Darla was employed as "general manager" of Perkins family restaurant for 17 years and Roger teamed up as "kitchen manager" for 14 years. They have now combined their talents and operate two very prominent restaurants in Payson. They are constantly patronized by loads of out of town airplane flying enthusiasts and tourists as well as our local Payson townspeople.
In November of 2002, the Annabels took a double giant step. First was their move to Payson and then purchasing the "Airport Crosswinds". The Knotty Pines was purchased later in April, 2005. Both restaurants were purchased from Neil MacVicar who is one of the key players on the Cougar's softball team.
Roger is originally from Flint, Mich. and Darla, Lajunta, Colo. Meeting and exchanging vows, they settled in Mesa where they raised a son and daughter. Darla and Roger currently have a combination of six adorable grandchildren. Daughter Valerie is seen at both restaurants helping Mom and Dad wherever she is needed.
While growing up, Mrs. Annabel, was very athletic. She was mostly involved in women's softball and played for the high school and the summer leagues of Mesa, Ariz. Darla's current hobbies are bowling, Bunco and horseback riding, while Roger loves ranching and chef de cuisine, which takes up most of his time.
Striving to become a championship team, you'll find the Cougars working out daily (10 a.m., with the exception of Wednesday and Friday) at Rumsey 2.
We are known in the leagues as The Knotty/Crosswinds, a name that's well known amongst the "Valley" teams. Darla and Roger are sports enthusiasts and whenever the Cougars senior softball team plays an opponent here in town, they're in the bleachers supporting us at every chance.
On April 9, playing the top team in the Fountain Hills League, the Payson Cougars, aka Knotty/ Crosswinds, won both games. By doing so, it boosted the Knotty/Crosswinds to an 11 and 5 record which crowned us the champs in Fountain Hills'winter league. We are a proud team. I've been aanager for this team approximately five years and I'm always proud of all the players. Thank you Roger and Darla Annabel!!
Abe "Skipper" Yamada