No Summer Off For Busy Phs Coaches

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A coach's work is never done.
For proof, look no further than the Wilson Dome office of boys' basketball coach Randy Wilcox. His season ended more than a month ago but he's busy putting together a summer program for his athletes that will include a camp, nightly practices and several tournaments.

His predecessor, Jim Quinlan, often said summer programs are the foundation of success whether it be wrestling, football, baseball or another sport.

One of Wilcox's first endeavors is to continue the Payson Summer Invitational that Quinlan helped build into one of the most competitive tournaments in Arizona.

About five years ago, Quinlan began attracting most of the state's top 5A teams to the tournament, including Mesa Mountain View which won the state championship last year.

Coach Gary Earnst and his crew of Toros are expected to return to this year's shoot-out to be held June 18 and 19.

Tucson Amphitheater was one of the first 5A teams to travel to Payson for the tournament and is expected to return this year.

Wilcox said he expects the invitational to again be a top-notch prep hoop experience for the youngsters who participate.

In wrestling, coach Dennis Pirch and his staff mold future champions through the venue of USA Freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments.

Local youths from ages 7 to 17 will be traveling around the United States this spring and summer to compete.

Other coaches are equally knee deep in summer programs trying to uncover the best ways to provide quality growth experiences for their athletes.

The roots of athletic success are nurtured in the off season.

Looking for a summer job?
Those with a little bit of aquatic experience might want to consider working at Taylor Pool as a lifeguard.

To be eligible for employment, applicants must complete a lifeguard training class which will be conducted May 3 through 15 at the local pool.

Sessions will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The course is open to anyone age 15 years and older for a fee of $50, which includes course books.

Taylor Pool manager Jim Quinlan, who teaches the course, said applicants should have strong swimming skills and a knowledge of the strokes.

Mavs in action
Today, Tuesday, at 1 p.m., Rim Country Middle School will host its annual Maverick Invitational Track and Field meet.

Ten teams are expected to participate including Prescott, Bradshaw Mountain, Fountain Hills, Globe, Sedona and others.

At the meet, spectators will have the opportunity to view one of the most promising long-distance runners to ever wear a Maverick uniform.

Seventh-grader Whitney Hardt has been almost unbeatable during the middle school season.

She is talented enough to have dominated Junior Olympic competition last summer and earned a berth in the National Finals held in Washington. Coaches agree she's one to watch.

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