Parks & Rec Seeks Soccer Players

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Town of Payson Sports Coordinator Joseph Harris is pitching a plea for an upcoming youth soccer league.

“It’s such a neat program and so many of our young athletes participate in it,” he said. “I want everyone to have a chance to be a part of it.”

So, parents who have not yet registered their children for play, should do so as soon as possible on the town’s Web site or in person at the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.

Registration, which began on Jan. 26, wraps up March 13 and games will begin at the end of this month. All will be played at Rumsey Park. The registration fee is $25, which includes a team jersey and an end of the year pizza party.

Also, a soccer camp for both players and coaches will be held at the onset of the season.

Age group division this season will be: Pre-K-K (ages 4-5 years), first- and second-grades, third- and fourth-grades, fifth- and sixth-grades, seventh- and eighth-grades and high school.

Other upcoming youth programs include a spring break sports camp and T-ball.

For more information, call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.

Help needed to continue pro play

Playing professional golf has been a longtime dream of Brandon Kelley. After a highly successful college career, he’s now knocking on the door of big time success having just won his first professional tournament. But playing professionally requires a substantial amount of money to pay entry fees, traveling costs and other expenses.

As Brandon continues his quest to make good as a pro and represent his hometown to the best of his ability, he’s in need of donations from sponsors.

So, if you’d like to see one of Payson’s finest young men continue to pursue his dreams, a monetary contribution would be a huge boost.

You can bet the family farm, Brandon will be extremely grateful for any financial help he receives.

Donations can be mailed to him at: Brandon Kelley, 706 W. Sherwood, Payson, AZ 85541 or call him at (928) 978-1562.

Playing Little League

Longtime Little League official Slade Gibson, now the LL baseball president, admits he’s concerned some children might not play this season for lack of the $80 registration tion fee.

“With the economy the way it is, some parents might not have the money,” he said

If that is the situation in a family, Gibson is urging parents to go ahead and register their children and league officials will do what they can to assist with scholarship help.

In an effort to ensure that every child who wishes to play either softball or baseball can do so, regardless of family financial situations, Gibson has issued a plea to the community to jump in and help with much-needed financial help.

All monies donated will be used to pay the registration fees for needy players. Those wishing to help or to register their children should call Gibson at (928) 200-3049 or Felicia Moore at (928) 476-5440.

For coaches, a clinic hosted by Curtis Johnson will be held later this month. The exact date is yet to be determined.

Johnson is a former Lady Longhorn varsity coach who also coaches at Rim Country Middle School.

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