Last Chance For Payson Little League


Payson Little League officials have decided to host one final player registration session, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Payson Police Department training room located at the town hall complex.

Prior registrations attracted only a few hearty souls.

Little League officials say the snowstorm that struck the Rim country Jan. 27 might have been the reason for the low turnout for that last session.

Ages are determined as of Aug. 1, 2001. Players must bring proof of residence and a birth certificate.

Registration fee is $40 for the first child in a family. Second child sign-up is $35 and $30 for the third.

The fee includes a complete uniform, which may be kept by the players.

Call Ron Miller (474-5093), Don Engler (474-4609), Don Bell (474-4303) or Kim Sleeper (476-5275) for more information.

A good year

For the past several years, Rim Country Middle School special education teacher Gary Ritter has served as the Mavericks' assistant wrestling coach under Jon Vick. Last summer, Vick opted for a teaching/coaching position at Bradshaw Mountain High School and Ritter took over head coaching responsibilities.

The season, he says, turned out to be a good one.

Ritter labels the campaign "the greatest year of my wrestling coaching career," after 16 seasons of being an assistant in Payson and Yuma.

He and assistant coach David Daniels led the team to a White Mountain League third-place finish.

That league, Ritter believes, is the most competitive in the state.

At the 12-team Glassford Hills Tournament in Prescott, the Mavericks finished as runner-up behind Gilbert.

Last weekend, Ritter took seven RCMS standouts to the state junior high school tournament at Phoenix Shadow Mountain High School. There, four of the Mavs earned state medals.

Eighth-grader Mike Waterman, who was undefeated going into the tournament, lost in the finals and had to settle for second place.

Nathan Lee won third place, Mark McCarty, fifth, and Josh Quotskuyva, sixth.

Quotskuyva was in his first year of competitive wrestling.

Also going along to state were Porter Wilbanks, Tyler Goodman and Brandon Chevonec. All advanced several rounds into the tournament before being eliminated.

Don Engler and Andy Sanders were scheduled to go along, but became ill and couldn't make the trip.

Fifth-grader Dan McGee didn't participate due to an injury.

Ritter said much of the success of this year's team can be attributed to the work ethic of team leaders Nathan Lee, Donny Wilbanks, Porter Wilbanks and Andy Sanders.

The coach also lauded his assistant for 'being a great asset to the team."

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