Rim Country Middle School Mavericks Open Big

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The Rim Country Mavericks football and softball teams opened the 2009 season on a winning note, sweeping the Holbrook Roadrunners. The cross country team was equally successful, winning two of three races. The campaigns tipped off Aug. 21.

The eighth-grade football team, coached by Mark Henning and Corey Kroll, whipped Holbrook 12-6. The seventh-graders, coached by former Longhorn football star Chris Harold and Gary Fishel, came out on top of a 20-18 thriller.

In softball, the eighth-graders won 12-6 and the seventh-graders took a 7-2 decision.

Marissa Murray coaches the seventhgraders and former Lady Longhorns head coach Curtis Johnson heads the eighth-grade program.

In Mavericks cross country action, the teams traveled to the Verde Valley where the sixth-grade girls and the 7-8th grade girls both finished first in a mult-meet. The 7-8th grade boys were second.

Jackie Wallace and Jill Boston oversee the cross-country runners who can be seen in action at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 in a multi meet at Payson Golf Course. The meet will be followed by a Payson High varsity run.

Last week’s games marked the onset of the White Mountain League season for football and softball. The cross country teams compete in the Verde Valley league, rather than WML, because more schools there field teams.

RCMS assistant principal Yvette Harpe called the school’s turnout for fall sports “very good, we had some big numbers.”

Both softball teams had such strong turnouts that roster cuts had to be made.

Harpe said coaches dread having to cut players, but in softball it’s something that must be done to ensure athletes receive adequate playing time.

“With the 10-run rule, sometimes games only last two-and-a-half innings.”

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