Mav Mat Crew Shines At Tourney


Rim Country Middle School wrestling coach David Daniels was pretty happy with his team's performance at the Arizona State Junior High School tournament.

"The boys wrestled their hearts out," he said.

In the season-ending tournament, the RCMS grapplers battled in 64-person brackets that featured some of the most talented young wrestlers in the state.

For the fourth consecutive year, Mark McCarty finished fourth in his weight division. B. J. Welsh finished fifth and Dan McGee was sixth.

The good news for the coach is that only Welsh graduates from RCMS next spring.

"We get Mark and Dan back next year," Daniels said. "They are two great wrestlers to build a team around."

Mavs scorched

Red-hot shooting by the Whiteriver Middle School Roughriders ended the Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team's hopes of winning the Blue Ridge Invitational Tournament.

In the championship game Feb. 1 in Lakeside, Whiteriver shelled the Mavericks 60-45. The loss could be attributed to the 10 three-point shots the Roughriders cashed in on.

That type of shooting from beyond the 19 feet, 9 inch arc would be a nice accomplishment for the best of high school or college teams.

But that type of accuracy can be anticipated from players who attend reservation schools where basketball is a way of life.

Against the Roughriders, the Maverick's Alex Bunk scored 13 points and Miles Huff had 10.

In the semifinal round of the tournament, RCMS advanced with a 48-30 victory over Snowflake. Hunter Hardt tallied 15 points and Bryson Addington had 10.


The Payson Parks and Recreation youth baseball camp that was to have been held March 1 and 2 been canceled. Recreation coordinator Teddy Pettet said the decision to cancel the camp was made because logistics of hosting the event couldn't be completed by the start date.

Pettet, who is also the Payson High School baseball coach, hopes the camp can be rescheduled in the future.

The event was to have featured former professional baseball player Lemmie Earl Miller who was the Los Angles Dodgers' second-round draft pick in 1981.

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