By advancing to the state tournament the past three seasons, the once struggling Payson High School soccer team reached new heights under coach Dave Greiner.
But Greiner has resigned and future success of the program is in limbo.
High school athletic director Barry Smith said he's not been able to find a suitable replacement for Greiner.
Only one applicant has expressed an interest in heading the soccer program and that person has since bowed out.
Currently, Smith has no applications for the job. That disheartening fact comes as the school year draws to an end and the all-important summer training season is about to kick off.
Smith said he knows the job doesn't pay much -- about $2,000 a year -- and the person who takes it must be motivated by love of the sport and the desire to help the young athletes.
But, the AD continues to hope there is someone in our community who has the expertise to pick up where Greiner left off.
The job requirements include conducting daily afternoon practice sessions during the fall season, a 14-game regular season including two tournaments, an off-season program and some fund-raising.
In previous years, the team has also participated in the Grand Canyon games during the summer months.
Candidates must possess either a teaching or substitute teaching certificate.
Smith said the qualification he's most concerned with is the ability of the coach to establish a strong rapport with kids.
A small group of dedicated men in our community helped get the program started on the high school level about six years ago. Among them were Dr. Alfonzo Munoz, Kenny Francis, Vic Conner, Roger Wholly and others. It would be a shame to see their pioneering efforts go by the wayside for lack of a coach.
Call Smith at 474-2233 for more information.
Is there a Rim Country basketball fan out there who isn't awed by the University of Wisconsin's performance in the men's NCAA tournament?
With a 64-60 triumph over Purdue Saturday, the pesky, diligent Badgers move into the Final Four for the first time in 59 years.
When Wisconsin beat Arizona in the second round, the upset went down as a fluke. But since, the Badgers have continued to win proving they are the real hardwood deal.
Wisconsin thrives with a structured offense in which players without the ball are constantly on the move and there is very little selfish one-on-one play.
Cut, pass, find the open man, shoot -- that's the name of the game. They also play a helping, in-your-face defense.
Playing that unselfishly, Wisconsin would never be allowed in the NBA.
To me, the Badgers resemble the great Princeton teams of the past.
Some fans are also comparing Wisconsin to the University of Utah teams of a few years ago.
The Badgers, who advance to the final four as an eighth seed with 13 regular season losses, represent the true Cinderella story of the tournament.
Nary a Rim country angler finished in the top-10 at the BestBet Aluminum Boat Team Bass Tournament held at Lake Pleasant Saturday.
The champions of the 109-person tournament, Mike Young of Mesa and Tom Pavkov of Apache Junction, pocketed $7,800 in cash and prizes.
Call Tom Stiles at (480) 894-0642 for more information on BestBet.