300-Plus Show Up For Little League Tryouts

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Payson Little League officer Jeri Stockman says individual player tryouts held Feb. 28 at Rumsey Park were a huge success with 300-plus baseball and softball players showing up.

She also praised parents for their cooperation, “We would like to thank all the parents for the support.”

Despite the big numbers that turned out, more girls are needed in the 6- to 8-year-old “coach pitch” league and the 9 to 11 years “fast pitch” division.

Also on the Little League agenda, a benefit rummage sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 21 in the Walmart parking lot.

Those who would like to contribute gently used items for the sale can log on to Little League’s Web site www.eteamz.com/paysonlittleleague for drop-off information.

Also to earn much-needed funds, league officials will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and raffle tickets, $10 each or three for $25, which has a grand prize of a big-screen television.

“We invite everyone to come out and support their Little League organization,” Stockman said.

For more information about the softball openings, call Kerry Johnson at (928) 468-1236.

Get a kick out of soccer

In his parks and recreation office at Green Valley Park, Joseph Harris is scratching his noggin in bewilderment.

He can’t figure out why a sports program as popular as youth spring soccer has been is not drawing big numbers.

“We had 600 kids last year, but registration is really slow and the deadline (March 13) is coming up,” he said. “It’s odd, Payson loves the sport of soccer.”

Once registration wraps up, the league will be divided into school grade divisions including pre-kindergarten/kindergarten (4 to 5 years), first/second, third/fourth, fifth/sixth, seventh/eighth and ninth through 12th.

The entry fee is $25 per player, which includes a British Soccer jersey.

Play begins April 6.

Registration may be completed on the town’s Web site or at Green Valley Park.

The really good news in the P&R department is that the adult men’s basketball league that was once in danger of folding is now an overwhelming success with six teams participating.

Only three days before the Feb. 5 deadline for team registration, just three teams had signed up and Harris was considering canceling the league.

“But, it’s really going well right now,” Harris said. “I don’t know what happened, but the teams just started showing up after the article in the (Payson Roundup) paper.”

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

On the road again

The Payson High School baseball team should return home tomorrow, March 7, with plenty of playing experience

It will be garnered in the Mohave Valley Tournament currently being played near Laughlin, Nev.

The Horns will play four games in the fray which will allow coach Jerry Daniels the opportunity to evaluate his players before the all-important East season tips off.

A pair of the games will be against 5A schools, Yuma and Kingman, that have athletes who have the chance to play year-round.

Before leaving after school on March 4, Daniels said he anticipates all the teams in the tournament to be top-notch squads.

New scholarships

Senior students at Payson High School who have lettered in two varsity sports or one sport and band are eligible for the first-ever Ted Pettet Scholarships valued at $2,000 each.

The Mogollon Sporting Association, of which Pettet is a co-founder, is funding the new scholarships, which will go to one boy and one girl.

For more information, contact the school’s guidance office at (928) 472-5725.

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