Head On Down To The Fishing Hole With A Guide


Be sure and pick up a copy of this week's Rim Review to learn about the new hunt and fish guide service Clifford Pirch is operating.

The former Payson High School star wrestler and long-distance runner has opened Copperstate Guides Service in Tonto Basin. The Rim Review also details a monster bass catch Clifford made two weeks ago and his recent first-place finish in a pro tournament at Lake Pleasant.

His partner in the tournament was high school friend Preston Mercer.

Both graduated with the PHS class of 1994.

Clifford's guide service can be reached by calling (520) 978-3518.

Horse sense

The Pine Strawberry Horseman's Association will sponsor a "Working Ranch Horse" competition May 7 at the Mary Ellen Randall Memorial Arena in Pine.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with completion at 10:30 a.m.

Competitors will be grouped into one of four classes -- junior horse, novice, open and youth.

Entry fee is $20 for junior horse and novice, $30 for open and $10 for youth.

All classes will have a payback with a 70/30 split between first and second place.

The event will also feature a raffle and prize give-aways. Refreshments will be sold. Call 476-0809 or 476-4658 for more information.

Hittin' the hot links

Golf teams representing East region high schools will soon wallow in the privilege of playing the designer courses at both Chaparral and Rim golf clubs. The morning of April 17, the teams played Chaparral Pines. Today (April 18), the squads take to the Rim course at 11:30 a.m.

Being in high school does have its advantages -- there are golfers in the Rim country who would do most anything for the privilege of playing the two prestigious courses back-to-back.

PHS coach Dave Bradley and his athletes say they are extremely grateful to the owners of both courses for allowing them to play there.

Go take a hike!

Recreation coordinator Beth Kreider said a few spots remain for the town-sponsored trip to the Rim country's infamous "Tunnel Trail," April 20.

This 3.2-mile trail ascends about 1,200 feet to the abandoned railroad tunnel once intended to bore through Mogollon Rim. The trail is rated as moderately difficult and includes a brief section of steep incline. Participants must be in good health and accustomed to physical activity.

Hikers must bring their own water and sack lunch for the trail.

The fee is $10 per person, which includes transportation and a light snack and beverage at the trailhead before returning to Payson.

Call 474-5242, ext. 7 to sign up.

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