Sports Briefly: Kokopelli Scorpions win Vegas tourney
SR. SOFTBALL: KOKOPELLI SCORPIONS WIN VEGAS TOURNEY
THE KOKOPELLI EYE INSTITUTE SCORPIONS’ ages 75-plus senior softball team from Prescott won the Southwest Championships in Las Vegas in late April, recording its fourth tournament win in as many tries in 2016.
Teams in the tournament included: Git-Done 75 (California); Hui Ohana 75 (Hawaii); Kokopelli Eye Institute 75 Scorpions (Arizona); Las Vegas 75 Coyotes; Lighthouse 75 (California); Palm Springs 75 Sage (California); Top Gun Silver 75 (California); and Fairway Ford 80 (California). All Teams are senior Triple-A, except for Fairway Ford, a Majors squad. The Scorpions dedicated the tournament to honor the memory of Robert Glick, general manager of the Scorpions who recently passed away. On April 19, the Scorpions opened the tournament with a 14-11 victory over Top Gun Silver 75 before losing to Fairway Ford 80s Majors, 15-14. The Scorpions bounced back, though, beating Fairway Ford, 15-10. On April 20, the Scorpions edged Hui Ohana 75s, 10-9, and routed Top Gun Silver 75s, 19-9. With those victories, the Scorpions earned the top seed into the bracket round. They beat losers’ bracket champ Hui Ohana, 14-9, for the championship.
The Scorpions are now gunning for the Grand Slam of Softball, which is done by winning the Western Nationals, beating the Eastern National champions and winning the World Masters. A Grand Slam victory is the goal of every team, but one few teams have accomplished.
The Scorpions’ five MVP players for the Vegas tournament were Johnny Bellavia (.888 batting average), John Seigla (.789), Mel Bentley (.765), Ken Ponzio (.733) and Larry Richey (.647). The Scorpions players include: John Bellavia, Mel Bentley, Joaquin Bustamontes, Dennis Colbert, Bob Cord, Al Grefsheim, George Harrell, Gene Monk, Bob Mucha, Ken Ponzio, Wayne Poindexter, Larry Richey, Edward Romero, John Seigla, Pete Vargas and Wayne Sutton. They are playing in the Tobin tournament this weekend at Pioneer Park in Prescott.
AYSO PRESCOTT PREDATORS WIN DURANGO TOURNEY
THE U14 AND U15 AMERICAN YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION (AYSO) Prescott Predators teams both took first place at the 2016 Durango Shootout soccer tournament May 7 and 8 in Colorado. As for upcoming tryouts for the Predators, those with 2000-2001 birthdays will go from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 14. Those with 2001-2002 birthdays and 2003 birthdays will go from noon-2 p.m. May 14, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19. All tryouts will be conducted at Mile High Middle School in downtown Prescott.
TALKING ROCK OPEN HOUSE/DEMO DAY
AS IT HAS for at least the past five years, Talking Rock Golf Club in Prescott will play host to an open house and golf demo day in honor of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 21. As part of the festivities, the private golf course will be open to the public and offer a special on greens fees for U.S. military veterans. Golf demo day, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will include top club manufacturers such as Ping, Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra and Mizuno. In addition, select homes in the community will be available for public tours between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Those interested in demo day or special golf rates should call the golf shop at 928-493-2600.
ED COMPTON, a PGA life member with 29 years’ experience, is offering on-course golf lessons for players in the quad-city area of Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt. Learn while playing nine holes with a cart, followed by a post-round review. Two-plus hours. For more information, call Compton at 928-533-8638.
EMBRY-RIDDLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CAMP
THE INAUGURAL EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Women’s Basketball Summer Camp will run June 13-16. On those days, times will go from 9-11:30 a.m. for elementary and middle school players and from 12:30-3 p.m. for high school players entering the ninth grade. Fee is $95 per camper. For more information, email coach Becky Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at secure.touchnet.net/C20722_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STORED=59&SINGLESTORE=tru.
THE MILE HIGH HORSESHOE CLUB, which began summer league play May 5 at Watson Lake Horseshoe Complex in Prescott, is inviting pitchers to join in on the fun. Matches start at 6 p.m. every Thursday. Each pitcher will toss three 40-shoe games on match nights and will be assigned to a team each week. Ringer percentage will be accumulated to determine handicap each week. All ability levels are welcome to play. Fees are $2 per week, with monies going toward prize awards after the eight-week session. Shoes are available at the courts. Club dues are $20 per year. For more information, call Cal Cordes at 928-533-6519, Sherri Ochoa at 928-710-1472 or Max Teto at 928-407-4953.
LOCAL GOLF RESULTS
‘LUCKY 7s’ WAS THE GAME OF THE DAY Thursday, May 12, for the Antelope Hills Ladies’ Golf Association (AHLGA). Judi Meinholz won in the first flight with a 49, followed by Shary Koch (50) and Corrie Widmer (54). In the second flight, Sarah Cox secured first place with a 46. There was a four-way tie for second place, shared by Pam Burns, Janet Marr, Jean Merton and Jackie Schiller. Each had a 50. Third flight winner was Dianne Flannery (43), with Sandy Bicos (44) second and Sue Gibson (49) third. Brenda Martinez won the fourth flight with a 52, closely followed by Sharon Moore (53) and Sue Casey (54). Flannery was closest to the pin on hole No. 6 of the North Course, while Jean McGuire was closest on No. 16. Teddi Lewis was low gross for the week with an 86. Sandy Bicos was low net with a 67. AHLGA golfs every Thursday throughout the year and is open to new members. More information can be obtained at Antelope Hills Golf Course.
THE ANTELOPE HILLS MEN’S Golf Club played its May 9 tournament on the South Course at Antelope Hills in Prescott using the ‘Stableford Format,’ which awards points for pars, birdies and eagles. In the first flight, high gross went to Perry Huyck, with Bill Reimers taking high net. Dick Senior grabbed high gross in the second flight, followed by Chuck Gibson with high net. In the third flight, Eric Rios shot a high gross, with high net going to Stephen Sauer.
On May 11, the Club played its tournament on the North Course with the format being ‘Skins and Closest to the Pin.’ Seventy-three players participated in this contest, which was broken down into four flights and awarded skins in gross and net categories. Jordan Ristich won the super skin on hole No. 5, which had been carried over six times. Seventeen players were awarded one or more skins. The winners of the closest to the pin competition were Don Clark, Ed Gillam, Rich Moon and Bill Carmichael. The Antelope Hills Men’s Club is having its membership drive. To join, visit ahmgc.com or call 928-499-7788.
THE FORMAT AT QUAILWOOD GREENS MEN’S CLUB on May 11 was ‘Two-Man team, pick your partner Team Net Best Ball.’ In the ‘A’ Flight there were two teams with a score of 54, including Cliff Hallam, Ed Haga, Jerry Hensley and Bill Epperson, and two teams with a score of 56, including Stewart Hopkins, John Holland, Dick Stern and Larry McKenzie. In the ‘B’ Flight, Dick Denogean and Darryll Walton took first place with a score of 53. In second place, with a score of 55, were Ken Lincks and Pete Peterson. There were two teams in third place with a score of 56, including Ken Kies, Jim Thorp, Lee Wood and Bob Rubino. In the closest to the pin competition, Dave Cortez (hole No. 2), Dick Stern (No. 3), Jerry Hensley (Nos. 5 and 13), Stewart Hopkins (Nos. 7 and 11) and Darryll Walton (No. 16).
PLAY OF THE DAY for the Prescott Golf & Country Club Men’s Club on May 4 was ‘2-Man Chapman’ on the course near Dewey. In Flight A, the team of King and Manzi won with a 65 score and a 17 handicap. The teams of Sands/Kruswick (67 score, 10 handicap) and Haynes/Cragg (67 score, 14 handicap) tied for second place. In Flight B, the team of Boehm/Varhol won with a 61 score and a 22 handicap. The teams of Burton/Algarin (66 score, 21 handicap) and Klise/Martin (66 score, 23 handicap) tied for second.
GLASSFORD SUMMIT TRAIL 5K MAY 28
THE INAUGURAL GLASSFORD SUMMIT TRAIL 5K Fun Run, Hike or Walk starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Glassford Hill Middle School parking lot, 6901 E. Panther Trail in Prescott Valley. Cost is $20 apiece for those ages 13 and older, and $15 for those 12 and younger. Pre-registration is required. Registration closes May 24. The event, sponsored by the Prescott Valley Parks and Recreation Department, will mark the official opening of the Glassford Summit Trail. It will also be conducted in partnership with ‘Honor and Remember,’ which recognizes the sacrifices of fallen military members and their families. Participants will be registered in waves consisting of runners (7 a.m. start), joggers and hikers (7:45 a.m.), and walkers (8:45 a.m.). Due to the steep, natural terrain and for the benefit of all participants, dogs will not be allowed on the course/trail during the event. The one-way Fun Run/Walk will begin at Glassford Hill Middle School and finish atop Glassford Hill. Parking will be available at Glassford Hill M.S., with shuttle service from the trailhead back to the parking lot. Shuttle Service will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run every 10 minutes until noon. For more detail on this event or for more information on events, programs or leagues, visit www.pvaz.net or call 928-759-3090.
MILE HIGH BASEBALL CAMPS
AT THE MILE HIGH BASEBALL SCHOOL DAY CAMP from June 6-8 in Prescott, players ages 5-12 will learn skills from a new perspective with a fresh, dynamic approach to teaching baseball. They will receive quality instruction in baseball skill and technical work, tactics, strategy and games. They will be placed in a group matching age and ability to maximize their learning experience. Instructors will monitor individual needs and develop skills and initiative so that players may grow from the learning experience. The camp will include instruction on hitting, pitching, fielding and base running. This camp will feature a division of age groups throughout the program. The fee for the camp is $75, with an additional $10 charge for late registration. The fee includes professional instruction, evaluation, medical and dental insurance, as well as a Camp T-shirt. The camp is limited to 150 campers. For more information, call Yavapai College assistant baseball coach Kyle Wise at 928-776-2292 or email him at: email@example.com. Prospective campers may also visit the Yavapai College Athletics Summer Camp Website at: goroughriders.com/summercamps/.
AT THE MILE HIGH BASEBALL SCHOOL OVERNIGHT CAMP July 17-20 in Prescott, campers ages 10-18 will learn skills from a new perspective with a fresh, dynamic approach to teaching baseball. They will receive quality instruction in baseball skill and technical work, tactics, strategy and games. They will be placed in a group which matches age and ability to maximize the learning experience. Instructors will closely monitor individual needs and develop skills and initiative so that campers may grow from the learning experience. The camp will include instruction on hitting, pitching, fielding and base running. Specialty areas will include speed, strength, conditioning and mental skills. Campers have the option of overnight stay in Yavapai College housing. Meals and activities will be included in the camp fee. Campers will be under adult supervision at all times. The fee for campers who will be commuting to camp is $175. The fee for campers staying overnight is $400. An additional $10 will be added to the fee for late registration. The camp capacity is limited to 150 campers. For more information, call Yavapai College assistant baseball coach Kyle Wise at 928-776-2292 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the Yavapai College Athletics Summer Camp website at: goroughriders.com/summercamps/.