The Rim Country Middle School girls track team turned in a nice effort at Show Low last week. In a five-way White Mountain League meet, the Lady Mavericks ran roughshod over Show Low, Cibicue, Heber Capps and St. Johns by amassing 217 points. The host Cougars finished second (153) and St. Johns (69) was third.
RCMS coach Randy Wilcox says it's hard to put your finger on the reasons for the Lady Mav's success, but the team does have a talented group of C and B girls. In junior high/middle school track and field, the athletes are grouped A, B or C for competition.
Division A usually comprises the larger eighth-grade athletes and B and C the younger sixth- and seventh-graders.
The Mavericks boys team wasn't as successful as their female counterparts in Show Low. With 71 points, the team finished as runner-up behind the powerful Cougars, who had 227.
Both the RCMS teams will be in action Thursday at qualifying meets. The girls travel to St. Johns and the boys to Lakeside Blue Ridge.
The athletes who finish in the top-four of their respective events earn berths into the White Mountain League championships May 3.
If the Lady Mavs can pull off the WML championship, it would be the first for RCMS since the football team copped the title with an undefeated season last fall.
Local hunters can rejoice in the fact that Saturday the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to increase elk hunting permits statewide to 29,395. That's about 4,600 more than were issued last year.
Apparently commissioners were convinced the growing number of elk in the state were creating problems on both public and private land.
Their decision will undoubtedly draw praise from ranchers, but pointed criticism from environmentalists. Commissioners often find themselves in a no-win situation.
Heap, Archuleta to NFL
Wasn't it a breath of fresh Arizona air to see a pair of homegrown football players drafted in the NFL first round?
Adam Archuleta, formerly of Chandler High School, and Todd Heap, an ex-Mountain View Toro, were taken by St. Louis and Baltimore respectively.
Archuleta was the 20th pick overall and Heap the 31st.
During his high school basketball playing days at MV under part-time Payson resident Gary Ernst, Heap participated in the Payson Invitational Summer Tournament.
Heap was acknowledged as a potential pro player entering college, but Archuleta went unrecognized at Chandler. He walked on at Arizona State and went on to become the PAC-10's Defensive Player of the Year. Heap, known for his circus-like catches, starred at tight end for the Sun Devils.
In a short time, both will be multi-millionaires.