Little League Leadership Organizing

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Although the Little League season wrapped up only three months ago, officials are already laying the foundation for the 2009 campaign.

League president Slade Gibson says a meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Payson Elementary School to elect the next board of directors.

Only those members in good standing will be eligible to vote for the directors.

Those who cannot attend may obtain an absentee ballot from Gibson at bgibson@npgcable.com

Also the Little League front, current board of director members Craig McMullen and Eddie Duran will resign at the end of their terms.

Gibson said the two, both long time contributors to the local youth baseball program, decided to step down to devote more time to managing teams.

The two have been managers and coaches for several seasons and have guided teams into the post-season area, district and state playoffs.

“I would like to thank Craig and Eddie for their commitment to the kids and parents of Payson Little League,” Gibson said. “They have served and sacrificed for many years while trying to manage at the same time.

“We will miss them greatly.”

Does schedule strength count?

Those pollsters who continue to elect the Wickenburg Wranglers (5-0) the No. 1 football team in the 3A conference might want to re-think their votes.

Sure the Wranglers are undefeated, but the team is lacking when it comes to strength of schedule.

Wickenburg’s opponents have only 13 victories this season, while No. 2 ranked Payson’s opponents have piled up 28 triumphs.

One of those wins was over state fifth-ranked Fountain Hills (4-1).

No. 3 ranked Blue Ridge’s first five foes have recorded 27 wins.

Those numbers seem to reveal Wickenburg has not played many quality opponents.

Apparently strength of schedule doesn’t carry much weight with the prep pollsters.

But as Arizona State University basketball fans painfully know, it was a lacking strength of schedule that kept the Sun Devils out of last spring’s NCAA tournament.

Home cookin’

Following two road games, the Longhorn football team returns Oct. 10 to the friendly confines of PHS stadium. Kick off is 7 p.m. against Round Valley.

For that game, the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) club will be selling 50/50 split (raffle) and Spirit Couch tickets.

The 50/50 tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The Spirit Couch tickets are $5 each or three of $10.

“The couch is being moved to be closer to the fans and the auction of the football field,” a representative of the group said. “The winner will be able to have three friends sit with him or her.”

The FAN club is donating all the proceeds to the junior class to help with next spring’s prom.

All proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will be used to purchase a scorer’s table in Wilson dome.

FAN club meetings are held 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in the Pioneer Title Building. New members are always welcome.

Disc golf Oct. 4

The Payson Parks and Recreation Department and the Arizona Disc Golf Club are set to host the Second Annual Rim Country Open Oct. 4 at Rumsey Park.

Check in is 8:30 a.m. and a players meeting will be held one hour later. Round one begins at 10 a.m. A second round will be held at the conclusion of the first.

A trophy presentation will begin immediately immediately after round two.

For the tournament 18 temporary holes will be set up at the Payson park.

The entry fees are $35 for the open division, $30 for open women and master, $25 for advance and advanced master, $20 for intermediate and intermediate women and $15 for novice.

For more information, call the parks and recreation office at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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