Club Rim Tryouts Scheduled

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Since its founding, Club Rim has been one of the most successful sports offerings in the Rim Country, giving aspiring young volleyball players the opportunity to compete in the off season and build their skills for high school varsity play.

In fact, many of the current PHS players learned their fundamentals as members of one of the four Club Rim teams.

With the high school season about to end, Club Rim Director Donna Moore has scheduled tryouts for the teams that will compete during the upcoming months.

The first tryouts will be for the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade team, as well as for the 14-year-old squad.

They will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 in the old Payson High School gymnasium.

Tryouts for the 16- and 18-years girls team will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, also in the old PHS gymnasium.

For all tryouts there is a $25 fee and parents must be present to sign required paperwork.

Successful candidates from the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade session will make up Club Rim’s 12-years-and-under team for those born on or after Sept. 1, 1997. That season begins in December and continues until April 24.

Those who make the team from the 14-year-old tryouts will become members of Club Rim’s 14U team, for those born on or after Sept. 1, 1995. The season begins in December and continues until May 1.

Successful candidates from the Nov. 21 tryout session will be assigned to either the 16U or 18U team. The 16U team is for girls born on or after Sept. 1 1993 and the 18U team is those born on or after Sept. 1, 1991 or Sept. 1, 1990 and a high school student in the 12th-grade or below. The season tips off in December and wraps up on May 15.

For those who make the teams there is a $40 fee due in December to purchase Arizona Region Junior volleyball uniforms which consists of jersey, spandex, socks and a travel bag.

Club fees for the season are $100 per month.

Moore touts Club Rim as a way for players to elevate their level of play above what is currently available in the school programs. She also says Club Rim allows girls the opportunity to receive college volleyball scholarships.

For more information, call Moore at (928) 474-4400.

North is top gun

There’s never been much debate in high school sports circle that some of the finest long distance runners in the state come from the Northern Arizona reservation schools.

A quick check of last week’s region championship cross country results confirms what every fan already knew — the North reigns supreme in long distance running.

For evidence, Show Low’s Brian Duncan won the East Region championship in a time of 18:27 over a 5K course.

In the North Region championships, held at the Chinle Flea Market, also over a 5K course, Tuba City’s Billy Orman won in 16:02.01.

Had Duncan competed in the North meet and run the same time as he did winning the East crown, he would have been 19th overall.

In the North Region girls championships, Chinle — a team that has won seven state cross country titles — entered two former state champions in Rolando Jumbo, the 2008 title holder and Charnelle Curley who won the 2007 gold medal.

Jumbo, only a sophomore, took the lead at the gun and shattered the course record turning in a time of 19:10.74. Curley was second in 20:05.39.

At the East championships held in Whiteriver, Blue Ridge’s Autumn Gibson won the crown in 22:35. Had she been competing in the North and turned in the same time, she would have been 18th.

So while the North might not be a home for powerhouse prep football, the region annually produces some of the finest runners in Arizona regardless of the school size classification the athletes represent.

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