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Yavapai College to celebrate Ol’ Ruff’s birthday Saturday

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Yavapai College logo.

Yavapai College logo.

Yavapai College welcomed a new costumed mascot, nicknamed Ol’ Ruff, at the start of fall 2018 semester.

The original, endearing character on a white horse was created in the fall of 1973 by then-student artist Yvonne Johnson. Earlier this year, the college reimagined Ruff, debuting his updated persona in both graphic and costumed-human form.

The college is celebrating Ruff’s legacy and his 45th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 13, during halftime of the Roughriders soccer team’s 6 p.m. game versus Paradise Valley Community College at Ken Lindley Field in Prescott. The first 100 people through the gates will receive a birthday gift – a Roughrider bandana.

For more information, call Janice Soutee, Yavapai College’s student engagement manager, at 928-776-2125.

— Courtesy, Yavapai College Community Relations

Mile Hi Horseshoe Club’s open tournament Oct. 13

The Mile Hi Horseshoe Club will play an open tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Watson Lake Park courts off North Highway 89 in Prescott.

Club President Cal Cordes said all pitchers are welcome, no matter their age or ability level. Participating pitchers should arrive around 9:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Entry fee is $10 per pitcher, whether he or she plays singles or doubles.

For more information, call Cordes at 928-583-4258.

Prescott Champions Vintage Base Ball Club returns Oct. 13

As modern-day baseball enters its final weeks of deciding a World Series champion, Arizona vintage baseball is just beginning its season.

The season opener for the Prescott Champions Vintage Base Ball Club is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Ft. Verde in Camp Verde. The Champions will play the Fort Verde Excelsiors in a match using the rules of 1860. Both teams have adopted the names of clubs that actually played in Prescott and Fort Verde in the 19th century.

You don’t have to be a baseball nut to enjoy this demonstration of how baseball was played more than 150 years ago. Come out, relax, and you’ll get a chance to meet the 1962 National League MVP Maury Wills, who will throw the first pitch.

The Champions’ first home game is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ken Lindley Field. Wills will toss the first pitch in that game, too, as will a surprise guest, another former major leaguer.

For more information, email Champions player Mike “Ace” Adrian at: mradrian06@yahoo.com.

— Courtesy, Mike Adrian

BMHS softball’s ‘100 Inning Game’ fundraiser set for Oct. 20

Bradshaw Mountain High School’s softball team is conducting a “100 Inning Game” as a fundraiser for the Bears’ softball program from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the school’s varsity field in Prescott Valley.

If necessary, a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 27, has been scheduled.

The game features the varsity softball team competing as an intra-squad of two teams, with the varsity coaches serving as umpires. Pitchers and catchers will play in the game from 8 to 9:30 a.m. A pitching machine will be used for the remainder of the innings. Teams will play nine outs, clearing the bases after three outs, and the score will be kept on the softball field’s scoreboard.

The fundraiser is being used to buy equipment, uniforms, tournament fees and transportation, and player gear. Players will collect pledges per inning completed or seek a flat donation for participating in the 100-inning game. Each player’s goal is to raise $250, with a team goal of $4,500.

The community is welcome to attend the game at any time during the day and present a donation to the softball program. A corn-hole tournament will be played throughout the day, too, and a team barbecue will conclude the festivities.

For more information, email Bears coach Sharon Haese at: sharon.haese@humboldtunified.com.

Chino Valley Fall Hoops Classic 3 on 3 Tournament Oct. 20

The Chino Valley Fall Hoops Classic 3 on 3 Tournament will be played starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the town’s high school, 760 E. Center St.

There is a three-game guarantee for the tournament, which is open to all students in Yavapai County. Entry fee is $50 per team, with four players maximum per squad.

There are three age divisions of play, including an Open 18 and Under (must be in high school), an Open 13-15, and a Girls 18 and Under (must be in high school). There will also be a 3-point shooting contest.

Trophies and sweatshirts will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place teams, depending on the entry.

To register, call Chino Valley boys’ basketball coach Ravi Shetty at 928-225-0374 or email him at: rshetty@chinovalleyschools.com. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 10.