Former Town of Payson Recreation Coordinator Chris Gallagher might recognize several familiar Rim country faces when he helps host the sectional competition of the 1999 Junior Goodwill Games held July 17 on the campus of Cactus High School in Glendale.
In the sectional field will be about 12 Payson youngsters who've earned the right to participate at Cactus with top three finishes at the local Goodwill games June 15, at Rim Country Middle School and Taylor pool.
Gallagher, now a recreation director with the City of Glendale, worked in Payson for about two years and played a prominent role in local youth sports both as a rec-coordinator and sports official.
He resigned in the spring of 1998 to accept the Glendale position.
Set to advance
Among those eligible for the sectionals from the Rim country is Shane Keith who won all three 8-9-year-old boys' events -- the basketball shoot, swimming and track and field.
Megan Miles was the only other three-way champion, winning all her events in the 10-11-year-old girls' competition.
In the 12-13-year-old boys' classification, Shelton Keith won both the swimming and track and field. In the age group's basketball competition, Andy Sargent was first, Mark Tiffany second and David Herring third.
Other winners included Mike Daniels, (10-11 years, boys' track and field), Hunter Hardt (10-11 years, boys' basketball) and Hillary Hardt (12-13 years girls' basketball).
Susan Crim finished with two silvers, taking second in the 10-11-year-old basketball and track and field events.
David Grubbs finished third in the 12-13-years track competition as did David Herrick in the basketball shoot.