Phs Teams Moving Toward Season Titles

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PHS baseball and softball games to be played March 22 vs. Round Valley were postponed due to wet playing fields at Payson High School. Because both games are crucial East region clashes, they will be played at a later date this season. The date will be announced soon.

Both the baseball and softball teams are scrambling for all the East wins they can muster in order to make a run at the region title and an advantageous berth in the state tournament.

In baseball, Payson is currently 2-1 in the East and 5-1 overall. Blue Ridge sits atop the East standings with a 4-0 mark, Show Low is second at 3-0 and Snowflake is tied with Payson at 2-1.

Neither Round Valley nor Alchesay have won an East game this season.

In softball, Payson is 0-1 with almost a full slate of games remaining to be played.

So, with the two games against RV called off, the race for honors is still up in the air. It appears, however, the three teams the Lady Horns must overtake are Snowflake, Show Low and Blue Ridge. In conference power rankings, Snowflake is sitting second, Show Low is third, Blue Ridge holds down the No. 9 slot and Payson is 13th.

Moore or less

Little League official Felicia Moore is adamant that parents have only until April 2 to register their children for baseball and softball. Those who don’t sign up by that date risk the heartbreak of their child not being eligible to play this spring and summer.

“Parents can go online at www.sportsfee.com or go into National Bank or Jackson Hewitt to register,” said Moore. “Tryouts will be April 2nd at the Kiwanis fields.”

Softball tryouts are 9 a.m. to noon, and baseball is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 pm. 

“We would love to see every boy and girl on the field this year,” said Moore.

Also, she added, “Curtis Johnson will be starting pitching clinics for the girls after the April 2nd deadline.

 “He will be doing two different times to work with the beginners and a time for the more advanced.”

Exact dates for the clinics will be announced soon.

Call Moore at (928) 476-5440 for more information. 

Lady linksters

The Payson Women’s Golf Association Nine Hole Club begins 2011 season play Thursday, April 7 at Payson Golf Course.

The “Payson Niners” play every Thursday morning beginning April 7, with tee times at 9 a.m. Golfers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.

Any women interested in joining the league should call Debbie at (928) 595-1176, or Ann at (928) 468-6686.

The 2011 season for the Payson Women’s Golf Association 18 hole group begins 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 29 with the annual kick-off breakfast at the Mazatzal Casino.

Interested golfers are invited to bring their clubs for a just-for-fun round of golf afterwards.

The PWGA plays every Tuesday morning at the Payson Golf Course. League play officially begins on April 5 and continues until Oct. 25. The season includes weekly games, a mix of fun tournaments and competitive tournaments, monthly luncheon meetings and a variety of social activities.

Call Kelly O’Neill at (928) 478-0003 for more information.

Play for hunger

The St. Vincent de Paul Tee Off for Hunger’s 10th annual golf tournament will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 30 at Payson Golf Course.

The entry fee is $75 and all proceeds benefit the Rim Country Food Bank.

Call Mike Haynes at (928) 474-2191 for more information.

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