Wrestlers To Serve At Spaghetti Benefit

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How would you like to be served by the local wrestlers?

Tonight's your chance, when the Payson Longhorn wrestlers host a benefit spaghetti dinner at the Rim Country Middle School cafeteria.

And it's arguably one of the best deals in town.

For just $5 per person, you'll get delicious spaghetti, salad, homemade rolls and a drink, all while helping the wrestlers raise funds for their program. Dinners are $3 for elementary school-aged children, and a family ticket is $15.

Payson High School guidance counselor and coach Don Heizer said the wrestlers will be serving up the meals, and once you make it through the buffet line the first time, they'll serve you seconds at your table.

"The athletes will be there to help serve, clean up and take care of everybody," Heizer said.

The spaghetti dinner runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the RCMS cafeteria.

Don't miss it.

Proud grandparents

Payson residents Ron and Marge Bingamon are beaming over the athletic accomplishments of their grandson, Kenny Cormier. A student at Douglas High School, Cormier finished third at the state championship cross country run Nov. 8 at Anthem.

Cormier, a second-year runner and an all-southern region selection, has been the Bulldogs top threat all season. At a three-way meet in early October on a 3.1-mile course near the U.S.-Mexico border, Cormier tied a record of 16:21 set in 1994 by Lee Daugherty of Tucson Flowing Wells. Cormier's time was also 39 seconds quicker than he had run on the same course a week earlier.

Mavs in action

The Rim Country Middle School seventh-grade volleyball team will host a five-team tournament Nov. 22 in the school's gym. Middle school teams representing Show Low, Winslow, Mogollon, Snowflake and RCMS will be on hand to participate. The tournament is expected to begin about 9 a.m.

That same day, the Maverick wrestling team will travel to Heber-Mogollon for a tournament. Teams from Holbrook, Round Valley, Show Low, Winslow and Payson are entered in the mat fray.

Marauders still alive

The Mingus Marauders was the only Grand Canyon region football team to survive the first round of the Class 4A state championship tournament.

The No. 13 seeded Marauders travel to No. 5 Tucson Sunnyside Nov. 21 for a quarterfinal showdown. The Class 3A tournament is down to its final four. Show Low and Snowflake --ayson's longtime rivals from its days in the small-school conference --re still alive.

The No. 5 Lobos will play No. 1 Chandler Seton Nov. 21 at Mesa College. Kickoff is 5 p.m. Immediately after, No. 3 Show Low plays No. 2 Winslow.

In the 1A championship game Nov. 14 at Apache Junction, our neighbors from Heber Mogollon captured the state title with a 42-32 victory over Pima. Ron Tenny coached the Mogollon team that was paced to the win by the gridiron exploits of Braden Stephens and Andrew Crandell.

Toilet bowl?

The dismal showings of the Arizona State University Sun Devils and the Arizona Wildcat football teams take a little luster off the annual clash between the longtime rivals. About the only thing at stake when the two meet Nov. 28 on Frank Kush field in Sun Devil stadium is last place in the PAC-10 conference.

The Devils enter the annual game with a 4-7 overall record and a 1-6 mark in the PAC-10. The Cats are 2-9 and 1-6 after getting blown out, 45-0, by USC Saturday.

The folks at FoxAZ must not be swayed by the two cellar dwellers' records; they plan on televising the game. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

I wonder if anyone will watch.

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