Joshua Frewin, 12, a sixth-grade student at Rim Country Middle School, has won his second consecutive Payson Elks Soccer Shoot Out title.
Competing in the 14-years-and under division, the youngster scored 28 points in the competition Oct. 12 at Green Valley Park.
Last year, Joshua won the 10-11-year-old division and advanced to the regional finals in Kingman. There, he finished third. With his most recent victory, Joshua is eligible to participate in the 2003 regionals Oct. 26 in Sedona. A victory there would propel him into the state competition.
Gearing up on the gridiron
All high school football coaches experience a range of emotions during the practice week leading up to a big game.
None are as skittish and quirky as those created by a coach returning to the scene of where he formerly coached or played.
Such was the situation for Payson High School first-year football coach Jerry Rhoades.
Friday night, Jerry returned to Mingus High, where he served last season as the Marauder's defensive coordinator.
Jerry worked all week trying to find ways to beat some of the very same players he was leading into the thick of battle last season.
He also spent the week trying to out-think and out-maneuver the same coaching staff he was a big part of last season.
In addition to being former fellow coaches, Jerry is friends with the entire staff.
When a man spends an entire year trying to help build a program and produce a winning team, as Jerry did in Mingus, it can't help but seem strange to now be the one trying to derail it.
Standing on the visitors sidelines Friday night -- rather than the home side he had grown accustomed to --ad to be more than a little unusual for him.
Having been in Jerry's coaching shoes, I had plenty of empathy for what he probably was feeling last week.
In 1986 while coaching football at PHS, I returned to Show Low where I had earlier coached and taught for nine years. Like Jerry, I was trying to pile a defeat on the shoulders of the very same youngsters I had once helped mold. And the fans who once cheered me, many of whom were friends, were now booing me.
Football, like all sports, can be more than a little fickle.
A little spending money
The husband-and-wife fishing team of Tracy and Teresa Purtee won $400 with their fourth-place finish at a BestBet Aluminum Boat team bass tournament Oct. 11 at Roosevelt Lake.
The pair, who are sponsored by Payson Community Christian School, weighed in a six-fish limit of 6.96 pounds.
According to BestBet officials, the team fished brown crankbaits down to five feet on rock areas around Rabbit Island and drop-shot four-inch motor oil worms down to 15 feet on Goose Flats.
The tournament champs from Apache Junction pocketed $2,150 in prize money.