Rcms Football Season Off To Mixed Start

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The Rim Country Middle School eighth-grade team lost its first game of the season falling 12-8 on Sept. 16 to the Show Low Cougars.

The seventh-grade team remained unbeaten, whipping Show Low 48-6.

A week earlier, the eighth-graders rolled over Mogollon to the tune of 56-0.

In the win, Dean Harpe, Layne Chitwood, Payson Hanish, Chazz Klabbatz and Trevor Anderson scored touchdowns.

Power points

A check on the Arizona Interscholastic Association Web site of power points for 3A football team reveals the Longhorns are currently ranked second among the conference’s 28 teams. The Horns (3-1) have amassed 162.899 weighted total points, which is second only to Empire’s (4-0) 164.717 points.

The rankings will obviously change as the season goes on, but second place is a lofty spot for the Longhorns to be sitting.

Round Valley (162.172) is ranked third, Show Low fourth (143.396) and Fountain Hills fifth (154.066).

Santa Cruz, Payson’s opponent this evening in Eloy, is 18th with 111.930 points.

Deadline approaches

Town recreation coordinator Trevor LaHaye is reminding local weekend warriors that registration for co-ed volleyball ends Oct. 8.

So, he says, those who want to participate should register for play as soon as possible.

Games, he said, will be played in the Rim Country Middle School gym and the registration fee is $200 per team.

Also, registration for Junior NBA Basketball seventh- and eighth-grade teams continues until Oct. 8. Games will be played from Oct. 16 to Nov. 20 in the RCMS gym. Registration is $25 per player.

For more information, call LaHaye at (928) 474-8425, ext. 260.

Learn outdoor skills

Outdoorsman Scott Streich, of the Arizona Deer Association, is teaming up with Arizona Game and Fish officer Henry Apfel, of Pine, and members of the Mogollon Sporting Association to host the inaugural “Spend a Weekend Learning Outdoor Skills” camp to be held Oct. 1 to Oct. 3 at Indian Gardens, off Highway 260 east of Payson.

Streich says he, Apfel and members of the ADA and MSA will be on hand to teach “the inexperienced how to get the most out of their time in Arizona’s beautiful wild lands.”

During the course of the weekend, campers will be given opportunities to learn how to fish for trout in Rim Country lakes, participate in wildlife and nature hikes, set up a safe camp and hunt for squirrels.

Those campers who are successful in the hunt will be taught how to care for a bagged animal in the field.

The camp set-up session will include what food to bring, how to store it and keep unwanted wildlife out of the camp.

On hikes, biologists will teach lessons on plants and animals in the area and help campers look for birds and other wildlife.

Apfel says that fall is a “great time to be outdoors — It is one of my favorite times of the year, the elk are bugling, the fall colors are starting to show and the mornings are crisp and cool.”

Apfel contends that the more people learn about the outdoors, they’ll be more “comfortable in the woods and spend more time enjoying them.”

During the weekend, food will be provided and cooking done by Streich, who is an accomplished outdoor chef.

Participants must bring their own camping gear and hunting or fishing license, plus plenty of water and binoculars if they own a pair.

The program is limited to 50 participants.

To register, call Streich at (602) 369-0713 or Apfel at (928) 476-6426.

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