Sports Briefly: Prescott Valley's Bad News For You Bears win!
YOUTH BASEBALL: PV’S BAD NEWS FOR YOU BEARS WIN TOURNEY
THE BAD NEWS FOR YOU BEARS’ 12-player Club youth baseball team from Prescott Valley defeated the top-seeded AZ Wolf Pack, 7-4, in six innings to claim the USSSA Southwest Shootout tournament title at Snedigar Park Oct. 16 in Chandler. Bad News for You Bears is part of a nonprofit business called Northern Arizona Youth Sports Inc., which is trying to gain 501(c)3 status. “This is our inaugural season, and in the coming years I seek to add teams, eventually having at least one team per age [from] 10-14,” Bad News for You Bears coach Jeff Scheffert said. The current squad started playing as a team on Aug. 14 and practices at various fields in Prescott Valley four to five days a week. Scheffert said the Bad News for You Bears began the Southwest Shootout ranked last in the standings at 24th. With the tournament win, the team moved up to sixth in the rankings. Four different pitchers threw complete games in the Bad News for You Bears’ four tournament wins, including Nathaniel Ramirez, Wesley Collier, Carson Feddema and Junior Sartor. The team’s two catchers, Anden Scheffert and Sartor, were “walls behind the plate,” coach Scheffert said, “letting very little get past them and throwing several base runners out while trying to steal.” The coach also credited his offense’s improvement at the Southwest Shootout. Bad News for You Bears will play their next tournament Nov. 11-13 at Victory Lane in north Phoenix.
SENIOR BOWLERS WANTED AT ANTELOPE LANES
BOWLERS!!!!! The Senior League that meets at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at Antelope Lanes in Prescott Valley needs two bowlers. For more information, call Antelope Lanes at 928-772-7331 or the league secretary at 928-775-3746. Come join in on the fun.
NAZ SUNS HOST PRESEASON GAME VS. L.A. D-FENDERS NOV. 6
THE NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS NBA D-LEAGUE team, playing its inaugural season in 2016-17, announced that it will host a preseason game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at noon Sunday, Nov. 6, at Prescott Valley Event Center. The game is open to the public and free for fans to attend. Seating will be general admission in the lower sections, excluding courtside seats. Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in a 30 minute post-game autograph session with both teams. This will be the first of a home-and-home series, when the D-Fenders host the NAZ Suns during preseason next year. Last season the D-Fenders went 27-23 in the regular season and came within one game of taking home their first-ever championship. The 2016 NBA D-League Draft will be held at noon Sunday, Oct. 30. The six-round event is set to feature more than 200 draft-eligible players. Training camp will open the following day on November 1.
PRESCOTT VALLEY YOUTH BASKETBALL CLINIC
PRESCOTT VALLEY PARKS & RECREATION will continue its ‘Be a Better Basketball Player’ clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid-December at the Bradshaw Mountain High East Gym on Robert Road. Hoops instructor Roy Jenkins operates the clinic, which focuses on shooting and other basketball fundamentals. Remaining dates include Nov. 8-10 and 15-17; and Dec. 1, 6, 8, 12, 14 and 16. Times on those days will go from 5 to 6:15 p.m. for boys and girls ages 7-12 and from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 13-17. Cost per player is $24 per six-class session. To register, stop by Prescott Valley Parks and Rec, 7501 E. Civic Circle (third-floor office) or call 928-759-3090.
NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS: SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE
THE NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS NBA D-LEAGUE basketball franchise has announced that single-game tickets for all 2016-17 home games are on sale for the general public. Fans can buy single-game tickets online at NAZSuns.com, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the Prescott Valley Event Center box office. Tickets start at $9. The NAZ Suns tip off the 2016-17 season, their inaugural campaign in Prescott Valley, when they host the Iowa Energy at PV Event Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. The NAZ Suns will open the regular season with 11 of their first 15 games at home. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive discounted tickets to any NAZ Suns home game by calling 928-772-SUNS. The team will also host a variety of theme nights at PV Event Center during the 2016-17 campaign, including Faith and Family Night, NASCAR Night and Education Day. Fans can visit NAZSuns.com throughout the season for the latest information regarding theme nights and promotional giveaways. Fans interested in full- or half-season memberships can secure their seats at NAZSuns.com or by calling 928-772-SUNS. Season packages start as low as $192 per seat.
AZFL: PRESCOTT PATRIOTS FORMING CLUB FOOTBALL TEAM FOR LOCALS 18 & OLDER
THE PRESCOTT PATRIOTS Arizona Football League (AzFL) team is forming now for players 18 and older in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. All positions are open, but you must have your own equipment. The 2016-17 season will run from January through May. The Patriots, an amateur 11-man Club tackle football team, is owned by Shane Golay of Prescott. For more information, call Golay at 928-460-3734 or visit azfl.com. Games will be played in Prescott and Phoenix. The AzFL was established in 1994 to offer players a chance to stay in the game after high school or college. They can play in the AzFL and all of their game video is put online for coaches to watch. AzFL players stay eligible to play collegiately. Most who play in the AzFL are in it for a chance to put the pads back on and hit someone as a weekend warrior. Their school, jobs and families come first. The teams practice once or twice a week. All of the games are played on Saturdays. For more info, visit www.azfl.com or www.arizonafootballleague.com. You may also contact Kevin Pakos by mail at Arizona Football League AzFL, 9524 W. Camelback Road C130 #133, Glendale, AZ 85305, or call him at 623-939-4877.