Rim Country Middle School Athletic Director Tim Fruth is scouring Payson for a few good football coaches.
With Maverick practices scheduled to begin Aug. 11, Fruth is about to select the coaches who will head both the seventh- and eighth-grade programs next season.
Currently, he has tapped two coaches, but needs two more to round out the RCMS staff.
Prospective coaches should have a strong working knowledge of the sport, be able to work well with middle school age youngsters and be of strong character.
The middle school football season is significantly shorter than the high school campaign. The six-game season wraps up in the first week of October. Games are traditionally played on Thursdays following two-hour after-school practice sessions Monday through Wednesday.
Although Payson High School will move to the Class 4A Grand Canyon region this year and play against Flagstaff-area schools, RCMS will remain a member of the White Mountain League.
The WML is similar to the 3A East region that Payson High had long been a member of, including schools like Show Low, Snowflake, Blue Ridge and Round Valley.
Since the inception of RCMS football in 1994, the Maverick program has served as a training ground for future high school players.
Among those on the inaugural Maverick team were Cable Morris, Ryan Lorentz, Josh Barnhart, Marc Bennett, Blair River, Ty Hurlbert and Hunter Walden.
Players from the school's first two squads, in 1994 and 1995, served as the nucleus for the Longhorn football team that played its way to an undefeated state championship season in 1998.
Prior to the founding of the RCMS program, Payson High players were at a distinct disadvantage in that they had fewer years of training than their counterparts in the 3A East region.
Junior High football programs in Show Low, Snowflake and Round Valley have existed since the early 1970s.
Knowing the value of a solid middle school program, Fruth said he hopes to attract topnotch coaches.
For more information on the vacancies, call Fruth at 474-4511.
Pioneer Title slates links benefit
Among the highlights of the Seventh Annual Pioneer Title Agency golf tournament Aug. 23 at PGC will be a hole-in-one contest worth $25,000.
The contest will be held on the 197-yard, par 3 hole No. 2.
According to local golfer Syd Gee, who has played Payson Golf Course for about six years, No. 2 is the toughest par 3 hole on the course.
"... If the wind is blowing into your face, that's makes it even tougher," he said. "I can't remember a hole-in-one on No. 2."
The closest any tournament player has come to scoring an ace was three years ago when a participant swatted to within inches of the hole. If he would have made the shot, the prize was a new Ford Explorer.
The tournament, which tees off at 8 a.m., will feature a best ball scramble format. The proceeds of the tournament benefit the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity.
Entry fee is $70 per player or $50 for members of Payson Golf Course. The fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, drinks and a chance to win prizes.
Although the tournament will be played in foursomes, participants may enter as individuals and be placed on a team by the tournament directors.
Players can also form their own foursome.
Entry forms are available at Pioneer Title, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Payson Roundup or at the PAHH office. Entry forms must be returned by Aug. 11 to Pioneer Title.
Call 474-3235 for more information.