Aia Needs Officials For Winter Sports

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The Arizona Interscholastic Association is looking for wrestling and basketball officials.

The AIA encourages anyone interested in the job to sit down with an athletic director, coach or official to gain more information about the avocation.

Any individual 18 years old and not in high school may register with the AIA to officiate high school contests.

AIA officials recommend that candidates have participated in high school sports but say “it is not necessary to have been an outstanding performer.”

Some of the benefits of officiating include being able to stay involved in sports, physical conditioning, working with kids, the challenge of being in pressure-packed situations and earning extra money.

The pay schedule for regular season games is established by the AIA. Varsity contests pay more than jayvee and freshman games. Fees range from $25 for a non-varsity level contest to $50 for varsity games. Schools and conferences will pay a mileage fee for travel. Prospective officials should expect to spend some money on uniforms and equipment.

Prospective officials should contact the AIA for a packet of registration materials. You can do that by calling the AIA at (602) 385-3774.

Hookin’ a win

Rim country anglers Ray Purtil and Buddy Randall pocketed $600 in prize money for weighing in a 4.34 pound largemouth that turned out to be the biggest fish caught in the Best Bet Aluminum Boat Team Bass Tournament.

The angling fray was contested Nov. 16 at Lake Pleasant.

The pair caught the fish on a crankbait near the entrance of Humbug Cove.

In addition to landing the tournament’s “Big Fish”, Purtil and Randall finished eighth overall in the tournament. Their catch of 6.64 pounds earned the duo $225 in prize money.

The next BestBet Aluminum Boat team bass fishing tournament is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Apache Lake. Call (480) 894-2775 for more information.

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