Nail-Biting Moments In Softball Showdowns


A pair of town parks and recreation department coed softball tournaments, which were played at the end of the regular season, turned into exciting, nail-biting showdowns.

In the gold medal finale of the competitive division, Waste Management scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to edge Kevin Dick Investments 22-21.

In the recreation division, Team Grover pulled off the upset of the year defeating regular season champion Roadrunner for the title.

Next on the P&R agenda is the adult coed sand volleyball league, which will begin play June 16 at Rumsey Park and continue each Monday until about Aug. 1.

The men's and women's softball leagues begin June 23 also at Rumsey Park.

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

More on AIA domicile infractions

A copy of the Arizona Interscholastic Association legislative minutes provides more information regarding an Extra Points column that appeared in the June 10 edition of the Payson Roundup.

The subject of the column was the AIA legislative council's recent approval to hire private firms to investigate alleged infractions of student-athlete domicile requirements.

According to the legislative minutes, during which the proposal was passed, "if the executive board determines that circumstances warrant, the board may conduct its own investigation ... in order to make a determination whether a member school has committed a violation of the constitution or bylaws."

Which means, the investigation is no longer conducted on the honor system by the schools, but rather by an independent hired firm or investigator.

The motion passed 25-11.

Also, if a school is found to be in violation of bylaws, it has 10 days to appeal.

If the school is found to have committed a violation, it can be assessed the cost of the investigation and any related proceedings.

Considering most Arizona public high schools already operate on strapped tight athlete budgets, adding penalty charges could be crippling financial blows.

A reminder

Katie Parks wants to remind everyone that the Justice McNeeley Foundation benefit will be held tomorrow, June 14, at the Rimside Grill located on Beeline Highway just south of Pine. The benefits will include a quad poker run, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, live band entertainment, raffles, auctions, giveaways and breakfast specials.

This year's event kicks off with a 9 a.m. registration for the poker run, which begins one hour later.

During the ride, which gets off to a roaring start at the Rimside Grill and travels to the Twin Buttes area before wrapping up back at the original starting line, there will be five stops where participants will receive a single playing card.

At the conclusion of the event, the entrants with the two best poker hands will be awarded prizes.

The volleyball tournament features as a prize, $500, donated by Hat Creek Electric. Of that, $250 will benefit the McNeeley Foundation and the remaining amount will go to the winners.

While Rimside Grill doesn't at first appear a likely spot for a volleyball tournament, the restaurant/bar actually features a very nice sand court.

Horseshoe tournament winners will also receive prizes.

The entry fee for all three events, horseshoes, volleyball and quad run, is $10 each.

Before taking off on the poker ride, entrants can enjoy a $3.25 breakfast special to be served at Rimside Grill from 7 to 9 a.m.

The live band, led by Rockin' Ron Gibson, will play from about 3 to 6 p.m. when the auction, raffles and giveaways will also be held.

"We have lots of prizes, raffle and auction items," Parks said.

For more information or to help the McNeeley Foundation, call Parks at (928) 476-2233 or Chuck Collins at (928) 476-3479.

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