Local Sharp Shooter Hits Second-Place Mark In Pros

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Scott Darnell of Payson won second-place in the pro division of the Arizona Bowhunter Happening in Flagstaff this weekend, missing top honors by 10 points. Darnell, who competed against 36 other archers, turned in a score of 417 17 points better than the course par of 400. The division champion, Drew Crotts, shot a score of 426.

"He beat me Friday and I beat him Saturday," Darnell said Monday, "but he beat me by more Friday.

"Crotts took second last year during Cabella's world points semi-pro (competition)," Darnell said, "so I'm pretty happy (about last weekend's results)."

Crotts won $700 for turning in the top score and Darnell won $400 as runner-up.

While Darnell was in Flagstaff, he received an erroneous promotion. He was listed as the owner of Pine Country Outfitters in a July 20 Roundup report, but that title belongs to Rick Hill. Darnell operates the bowhunting specialty store.

Time is running out

With the beginning of preseason practices just two weeks away, some prospective athletes could still be turned away. Athletes who show up the first day without the proper paperwork or physical exams on file at Rim Country Middle School or Payson High School won't be allowed to practice.

Last spring, the school district offered discounted physical exams in Wilson Dome, which assured teenagers that they'd be able to participate on opening day.

Many chose not to take advantage of that opportunity, however, and now must undergo physical examinations by their family doctors.

RCMS athletic director Bill Bowling and PHS athletic director Dave Bradley urge athletes to complete their physicals as soon as possible and be on time for opening-day practices.

Call the middle school at 474-4511 or the high school at 474-2233 for more information.

Officers need help

Arizona Game and Fish officials are still searching for investigative leads into a bull elk poaching incident that happened the evening of June 25 near Verde Glen.

The carcass of the elk was found about 50 yards off a private road that leads into the subdivision. The animal's antlers, which local wildlife manager Scott Polluck estimates were at least 6 x 6, were sawed off the animal's head. The antlers were in velvet.

The elk was shot high in its rib cage, but officers were unable to determine the caliber of the gun because the slug passed completely through the animal and could not be found.

The carcass of the animal was found by a Verde Glen resident who was out on a regular morning walk with his dog.

Anyone with information about the killing, or who has recently seen a large set of elk antlers in velvet, can call Operation Game Thief at (800) 352-0700.

There is a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

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