Tonto Apache Team Battles With Select Few

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Tonto Apache Track and Field coach Billy Joe Winchester's greatest wish is for a complete roster.

"I am hoping I will have a full team some day," Winchester said.

Since the start of the amateur track and field season in February, the Tonto Apache team has been forced to compete without many of its finest athletes.

For a variety of reasons, including illness, some veteran team members have not been available to participate.

With the Tonto Apaches entered May 10 and 11 in a prestigious Las Vegas track and field meet, the coach is rallying his troops.

"It is one of the biggest meets in the West and will have some of the best throwers in the nation," Winchester said.

Standout performances

The Tonto Apache team has long thrived on standout performances in both the shot put and discus.

Winchester anticipates the team's first national placer in the throws, 17-year-old Mike Waterman, will return to the Tonto Apache fold before the Las Vegas competition.

The coach also expects Josh Quotskuyva to round into good enough shape to represent the Tontos in four events -- the high jump, long jump, shot put and discus.

Quotskuyva saw his first action of the season at the Phoenix Invitational April 12 at Glendale Community College. There, the 14-member roster was as complete as it has been this season.

Despite Quotskuyva's lack of practice, he was third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.

The team's best showing was turned in by Kindall Begay in the intermediate girls division. Begay won both the shot put and the discus.

Also in the intermediate girls discus, Cassandra Cly was sixth and Heather Waterman seventh.

Valentino Doka (fourth in shot put and discus), Jared Begay (third in discus and 11th shot put) and Santana Curtis (17th in shot put) represented the Tonto Apaches in the midget boys division.

In the intermediate boys division, Matt Johnson was fourth in the shot and Charlie Lopez took fifth.

The youth boys competition saw Justin Johnson finish third in the shot put and Miguel Lopez take fourth.

In the young men javelin event, Anthony Johnson threw his way to a fifth-place finish. Paul Burdette was sixth in the young men shot put.

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