Wrestle Up A Steak At Friday Benefit


The Payson High School wrestlerettes will host a benefit steak dinner Friday just prior to the Longhorn football team's home game against the Holbrook Roadrunners.

Tickets for the dinner, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria, are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu includes the usual barbecued steak, potato, salad, beans and soft drink.

Profits from the meal benefit the wrestlerettes in their endeavors to support the PHS wrestling team. Tickets are available from any wrestlerette or at the door the afternoon of the dinner.

Local team shows well

Roundup sports columnist and fishing guide Clifford Pirch joined forces with longtime friend Reese Randall to fish their way to a fifth-place finish in AllStar Bass Summer Nights Championship Saturday at Roosevelt Lake.

Pirch and Randall earned $550 in prize money for their catch that tipped the scales at 20.53 pounds.

The team of Mike Casanova and Joe Michaels, both valley residents, boated a limit of six bass that weighed in at 28.69 pounds. For the win, the team earned $3,000.

Taming Goliath

What's going on in the world of small-town high school football?

There seems to be a handful of Class 2A teams that have taken on the role of giant-killers by soundly beating up on their 3A brethren.

Chief among the Davids of the state is tiny St. Johns. The Redskins pulled off their most recent upset Friday evening by defeating longtime arch-rival and highly regarded Round Valley 49-7.

One week earlier, St. Johns opened the season with a win over Payson.

The Round Valley Elks entered the game against St. Johns highly ranked in most 3A polls, but by the time the slaughter was over, RV luster was a thing of the past.

In state football circles, the Round Valley-St. Johns clash is a rivalry that is matched only by the Arizona-ASU showdown.

If the annual game is played in St. Johns, the communities of Eager and Springerville are almost vacant.

And vice versa, if the game is in Eager, St. Johns becomes a ghost town. Few in those towns miss the annual showdown in which bragging rights for a year go to the victor.

In other 2A upsets, Phoenix Christian soundly whipped 3A powerhouse Snowflake 29-6.

Like Round Valley, the Lobos opened the season highly regarded, but after being thumped by Phoenix, Snowflake is wondering just how good they really are. In a pre-season scrimmage two weeks ago in which no score was kept, Phoenix Christian pretty well hammered the Longhorns.

Another 2A upset saw top-ranked Thatcher humble 3A Whiteriver Alchesay 40-0. With four wins over 3A East schools, the 2A teams have stamped themselves superior to their big brothers.

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