A field of 36 enthusiastic, but fledgling baseball players turned out March 14 for the inaugural Future Longhorn Baseball Camp held on PHS field.
“It was a great crowd and the kids worked hard and had fun,” said coach Brian Young.
The coach believes most important at the camp was, “The way the varsity players interacted with the kids to teach them skills.”
Young’s goal is to make the camp an annual sports offering.
Also on the baseball scene, Longhorn players are scouring the community to gather food for the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.
On Thursday, the players hope to gather even more by asking fans to bring a can of food to that day’s game vs. Fountain Hills.
“We are hoping to have a good crowd,” Young said.
Game time is 4 p.m. A jayvee game will begin at 2 p.m.
PWGA tees off
The Payson Women’s Golf Association will host a kick-off breakfast meeting followed by a round of golf at Payson Golf Course Tuesday, March 26. It all begins at 9 a.m. at Miss Fitz 260 Cafe located just east of Payson and continues with the links play at PGC.
After opening day, the group meets each Tuesday morning at PGC.
“The Payson Women’s Golf Association is looking forward to a great season of golf this year,” said PWGA secretary Judy McKenzie.
To join PWGA or for more information, call McKenzie at (303) 358-6118 or e-mail her at pwgaonline @gmail.com.
MSA banquet set for May 4
Thee 21st Annual Mogollon Sporting Association banquet will be held May 4 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a no-host happy hour. A prime rib buffet will be served at 6 p.m., with the always-jovial raffles and auctions to follow.
Those who purchase tickets before April 1 will be eligible for a special Early Bird raffle that will have as a prize a Weatherby .338 Winchester Magnum rifle.
Giving away guns is nothing new for MSA. Following every banquet, lucky ticket holders have walked away with a myriad of rifles, pistols, shotguns and other high dollar prizes.
That won’t change this year, “We have a lot of guns to be raffled,” said MSA member Jack Koon.
There will also be a “Major Drawing” that has as prizes $10,000 worth of Vortex Optics. The 10 items are valued at $500 to $1,500 each.
The first winner can take his choice of any of the 10 items. The second will choose from nine optics and the third from eight optics until all 10 optics have been raffled. Tickets are $50 each and tickets may be purchased until all 10 items are gone. The winner must be present.
Banquet dinner tickets are $75 each and available from any MSA member. For tickets, call Jack Koon at (928) 474-1662.
The MSA, a nonprofit organization, has as a mission to raise funds to benefit youth and wildlife programs around Rim Country. All members are volunteers, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to enhance the community.
Sign up for Co-ed Softball
Registration is taking place from March 25 to April 15 for the town’s Adult Spring Co-ed Softball League. The season begins April 22. Recreation and competitive divisions will be offered as long as a minimum of four teams sign up for each division.
A player cannot play in more than one division or on more than one team. All participants must be at least 16. The fee is $275 and includes the ASA registration fee.