Rim Country Middle School Grapplers The 'Dark Horse'


The 1998 White Mountain League wrestling season wraps up tomorrow, Saturday in Wilson dome.

Eleven junior high/middle school teams will battle in the annual day-long WML tournament that is being held for the second consecutive year in Payson.

Snowflake and Blue Ridge are favorites but Rim Country Middle School has a good team that is a dark horse for the school's first league championship. Action begins about 10 a.m. with the first session which will consist of the opening two rounds.

The second session, which is the semi-finals and championships begins about 1 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.

In junior high/middle school wrestling there are 16 weight classes. RCMS coach Jon Vick promises the Mavericks will have an entry in each of the weight classes.

Hoop in Winslow
Basketball fans might want to make the jaunt north to Winslow where the Payson High School boys team is participating in the Ames Ford Shoot-out.

The Horns opened play last evening, Thursday, against Chino Valley.

Payson will play again today at 4 p.m. regardless of whether the team wins or loses the opening game.

However, if the Horns won they will play in the new field house at Winslow High. If Payson lost the first game, they'll play in the old gym.

Victories in either the winner's or loser's bracket game will push the Horns into 9 a.m. games tomorrow.

Coach Randy Wilcox is in his first year at the helm of the team. He replaced long-time coach Jim Quinlan last summer.

Hoop Shoot
All boys and girls ages 8 to 13 are invited to compete in the Elks annual Hoop Shoot competition that will be held tomorrow, Saturday, in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the competition at 9 a.m. The event is slated to wrap up about noon. Youngsters must bring proof of age to the shoot. The contestant's age group will be determined by age April 1, 1999.

Local winners will advance to the North District Finals to be held next month in either Flagstaff or Sedona.

For more information, call Bob Troutman at 474-8931.

Payson athlete in Nebraska
The 1989 edition of the Doane College media guide is out and former Payson High School student Kendra Valesak is listed as a sophomore member of the indoor track and field team.

Her hometown is listed as San Angelo, Texas where her parents Gary and Janet moved after leaving Payson.

Kendra is Doane's only female pole vaulter. On her last visit to Payson, Kendra said she had cleared 9 feet and was shooting for 10 in the event. Doane, located in Crete, Nebraska, is a private, four-year comprehensive college affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It has an enrollment of about 930 students.

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