Rim country football fans suffered through a miserable series of gridiron games over the past weekend.
It all started Friday evening when the PHS Longhorns were thoroughly whipped 40-8 in St. Johns.
The frustrations continued Saturday when Arizona State, once a 25-point favorite, embarrassingly lost to New Mexico State 35-7. Things didn't get any better for Arizona football faithful, when the University of Arizona fell from the country's elite in a 50-22 loss to Stanford, and Northern Arizona University was soundly thumped by New Mexico 45-14.
As if that wasn't enough humbling to endure, the misery continued Sunday morning in Miami where Jake Plummer couldn't muster his usual magical touch during the Arizona Cardinals' 19-16 loss to the Dolphins.
Five games, five losses.
"Woe is me," local fans are moaning.
Junior league play at Payson Bowl begins at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 for children 11 years of age and under. The cost is $3 per week, per child. For children who bowl only one game, the cost is $1.50 per week.
At the first session, youngsters who bowl two games should bring $10.50 which includes the game fee and a $7.50 registration for league sanction. One-game bowlers will need $9.
Teams will consist of four bowlers.
Call Gary Richardson at 474-8726 for more information.
At Rim Country Middle School, Ellie Hardt is volunteer coaching a first-ever Maverick cross country team. The youngsters were set to travel to Whiteriver last Wednesday to take on Alchesay, but because of rains and lightning in the area, the meet was canceled.
The team members are inexperienced in the sport, but the Lady Mavs carry some impressive young runners including Jenny Cohen, Carrie Hardt, Jana Knighton, Sharlee Hall and Hillari Hardt.
On the boys' team, Joe Behrens and Harley Taylor finished second and seventh at a season-opener Sept. 8 in Payson.
PHS cross country head coach Chuck Hardt, who was instrumental in starting the program, hopes the middle school team will create interest in the youngsters which they will carry on into high school.
At Lake Mary
Have you ever driven that scenic road north to Flagstaff only to be taken aback by the unfaithful litter at Lower Lake Mary?
It's a common sight, especially during the summer months when visitors overrun the area often leaving without adhering to the "Leave No Trace" policy of most responsible outdoorsmen.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to remedy that malady Saturday when the Coconino National Forest's Celebration of National Public Lands Day will include a cleanup at the lake.
Volunteers are invited to join Forest Service personnel at the boat ramp at Lower Lake Mary at 9 a.m. A volunteer appreciation cookout follows the cleanup.
Call Martin Flynn at the Peaks Ranger Station, 520-527-8229 for more information.
The 1999-2000 BestBet Fishing Tournaments' season is scheduled to begin Nov. 6 at Roosevelt Lake. Call (480) 894-0642 or visit BestBet's website at www.azha.com for more information.
Payson Little League President Stephanie Dvorak said there are still plenty of the discount cards available which were first sold last spring as a benefit.
By purchasing a card, owners can take advantage of a variety of discounts, two-for-one deals and freebies at various local businesses. Dvorak is hoping to sell all the cards so new team uniforms can be purchased next season. For more information, call Dvorak at 472-6500.