Former Longhorn wrestling star R.C. LaHaye was chosen by Western State College of Colorado head coach Miles Van Hee to be the wrestler to grace the front of the Mountaineer's 2004-2005 schedule.
An NCAA Division II All-American for Western State, LaHaye is also the team captain.
LaHaye and his teammates open the season Nov. 12 in the annual Crimson and Slate Intra-Squad Dual meet.
The season wraps up March 11 and 12 at the NCAA Division II National Championships at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
At Payson High School, LaHaye was one of the finest wrestlers to ever pass through the storied Longhorn program. He finished with a 130-9 record and was a contender for most valuable wrestler at just about every prep tournament in which he competed. After winning three state championships at PHS, he accepted a scholarship to Western State where he is now a senior.
Former Payson students Larry Wilbanks, George Coleman and Zack Lee also attend WSCC.
Wrestlerettes hold benefit dinner
The Payson High School wrestlerettes will host a benefit steak dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria. The menu includes barbecued steak, beans, baked potato, bread, and beverage. Tickets, available from all wrestlerettes or at the door, are $6 for adults and $3 for children.
In Flagstaff, they are bemoaning the demise of the Grand Canyon region.
Next year, the region will include the three Flagstaff schools, Page and Chinle. Wildcat school officials did not petition to move down to the 3A conference when they had the chance last month. The region is now the only one in the new 4A small school alignment with just five schools. All others have six.
From the old GC region, Payson's petition to move to 3A was granted by the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Mingus also received AIA permission to be aligned in a 4A small school region with Phoenix schools and Bradshaw Mountain. That means the new GC region leaves the Flagstaff schools with the unenviable task of traveling more than three hours to Chinle in every sport.
If Chinle had petitioned to move to 3A as many had expected, the Flagstaff schools and Page would probably have been aligned in a much more favorable region that would have also included Mingus and Bradshaw Mountain. That alignment would make sense.
In addition to the travel concerns Flagstaff school officials and coaches have with visiting Chinle, the reservation school is traditionally competitive only in wrestling and cross country. In football, the Wildcats will be a pushover for their opponents.
If coaches wanted to run up the score against the cats, the victory margins could probably reach the century mark.
In baseball, one only has to look to Flagstaff's 43-1 win over Chinle last year as proof the Wildcats are not competitive in the 4A ranks.
Why Chinle wanted to remain in 4A rather than move down to 3A where the Wildcats could be more competitive is a head scratcher.
What we do know is their decision to remain in 4A has created some hard feelings in the northland.