Tour De Payson Will Be A Street Bike Event

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Hike, Bike and Run owner Mick Wolf points out that the upcoming Tour de Payson, set for May 8, is not a mountain bike ride, but rather a street bike event.

He’s concerned that a story that appeared in the April 23 edition of the Payson Roundup will mislead readers into believing Tour de Payson is on mountain trails rather that paved streets and roads.

Wolf also points out the event is not a rejuvenation of the Tour de Payson rides once hosted by Dan Basinski, Wayne Gorry and Ken Shepherd, but rather a different Tour de Payson hosted by the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club, Hike, Bike and Run and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call Hike, Bike and Run at (928) 478-6918.

Shoot for the Heart

The highly popular Shoot for the Heart outdoor seminars continue at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 29 at Mountain Bible Church.

For the event, which is the third in a series, Pat Fogarty and Bob Depugh will present “Care of Wild Game in the Field” and “Outdoor Cooking.”

Organizers promise the evening will be both informative and fun-filled, with plenty of raffle prizes and lip-smacking good eats.

Both Fogarty and Depugh are seasoned veterans on harvesting game in the field and preparing meals, including the use of Dutch ovens.

Previous Shoot for the Heart events were on the topics of bass fishing, mountain lions and mule deer hunting.

The idea behind Shoot for the Heart is to provide a stage for outdoorsmen and women to gather in a show of camaraderie to share fishing, hunting, camping and other outdoor stories, tips tips and suggestions. The church’s Web site says, “The purpose is to help families who love the outdoors become better hunters and fishermen, and build relationships with others who share the same interests.”

The hosts of past seminars have included some of the finest outdoorsmen and women in the state, including Dean Pederson, Clifford Pirch and Steve Smith. For more information on Shoot for the Heart, call (928) 472-7800.

Mavs blanked, then win

The Rim Country Middle School baseball team was shut out last week, 2-0, by a pitching-rich Fountain Hills nine.

“I believe the Fountain Hills pitcher had 14 strikeouts,” said RCMS coach Gary Chitwood.

The young players didn’t cry long over spilt Gatorade, rebounding a few days later to edge Camp Verde 3-2 behind six innings of standout pitching from Miguel Mendoza. Konner Duran pitched the final inning.

After falling behind 2-0 early on, the Mavericks rallied to tie the game and eventually win on Layne Chitwood’s RBI single in the sixth inning.

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