The Rim Country Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams are putting together a pair of the most successful seasons in the history of the school.
The eighth-graders are undefeated in White Mountain League regular season play and headed for the postseason hoping to reap even more honors.
Coach Ross Carpenter's seventh-grade squad finished 9-1 in WML play and was second in the highly competitive SuperStar youth tournament played in Camp Verde.
"During the tournament, we faced seventh- and eighth-grade club teams from the Phoenix area and held our own," Carpenter said.
The team, Carpenter added, thrives on "tough defense, both man-to-man and a two-three zone, and our depth which wore opponents down."
The coach cited guards Ever Figueroa, Cody Waterman, Josh Sloan, Elden Siverson and Joe Ralston for their tenacious defense, outside shooting and quickness.
On the front line, the Mavs were led by 6-foot, 2-inch Jordan Hinton.
In a 42-38 win over Big Park Feb. 19, Hinton took game scoring honors with 23 points. Against the Phoenix All-Star Team Arizona, Feb. 18, in the Camp Verde tournament, Hinton finished with 20 points. The Mavs, however, fell 35-28.
Others who contributed to the Mav effort included Cliff Lopez, Sean Dougherty, Dokota Marshall, Landen Johnson and Jordan Bane.
For the eighth-graders, many of who were fresh from helping the RCMS football team claim the WML championship, the season was one of blow outs.
The only league team that gave the Mavs much of a tussle was the Snowflake Lobos. In the regular season opener, Jan. 13, RCMS just nipped the Lobos 44-41.
Following that win, RCMS went on to chalk up victories by margins of 20 and 30 points.
The team's biggest winning margin, 62-13, occurred Jan. 20 in Payson against Round Valley.
Individually, Cody York led the team scoring an average of 11.2 points per game.
His best outing was 26 points Feb. 15 in a 57-31 triumph over Show Low.
According to RCMS stats, other leading scorers were Max Siverson with six points per game and Ridge Halenar and Matt Wilson who both averaged about five points per game.
Next up for both RCMS teams is a middle school tournament to be sponsored by the Tonto Apache Tribe.
According to tribal recreation director Randy Pryor, the exact date for the tournament has not been set but it will probably be during early April.