Tiny P/S School Has Top Athletes

Rattlin' the Rim

Meredith Kiekintveld helped the Pine-Strawberry School track team have a strong showing in the league championships.

Photo by Max Foster.

Meredith Kiekintveld helped the Pine-Strawberry School track team have a strong showing in the league championships.


The highly acclaimed Pine-Strawberry School archery team returns tomorrow, May 10, from Louisville, Ky. where it has been competing in the National Archery in Schools championships.

The team flew from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Louisville on Wednesday.

The five-person team qualified for the national showdown during the Arizona State Championships held March 15 at the Ben Avery Range near Phoenix.

Following the state shoot, the qualifiers — Micheal Aguon, Raci Miranda, Emma Paine, Caleb Barlow and Angelina Blanch — went on a fundraising campaign to earn the about $500 each needed to pay travel expenses.

The events included a bake sale in Payson, a shoot-a-thon held April 28 and a silent auction.

Other contributions came from Credit for Kids and private donations.

The Archery in Schools program in Arizona is a physical education curriculum designed to teach international-style target archery to fourth- through 12th-graders.

The core content includes archery, history, safety, techniques, mental concentration and self-improvement.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department provides the training for instructors, including Pine Strawberry School coaches Dean Pederson and Margaret Johnson, free or charge.

In practices and competitions, student-athletes shoot at a bull’s-eye target located in an arrow-resistant net in the school gym or outside.

Team equipment includes Genesis bows, targets with stands, backstop netting and arrows that schools can purchase at a discount thanks to support from the archery industry.

Before departing for Louisville, team members thanked Chasin’ a Dream Outfitters for helping keep the archery equipment in tip-top shape and the many sponsors who contributed during the fundraising effort.

Also at the school, students, faculty and track and field coach Margaret Bullard are celebrating a strong showing in the league championships held last week at Prescott High School.

Top finishers included:

100 meter hurdles:  1st – Meredith Kiekintveld with a personal record of 16.94.

4x100 girls relay:  6th – Meredith Kiekintveld, Nicole Carr, Becca Ralls, Savannah James.

4x100 boys relay:  5th – Austin Waldrop, Tyler Staub, Quaid Tanner, Ryan LaFave

400 meters:  6th – Ryan LaFave, 7th – Tyler Staub

200 meter hurdles:  1st – Meredith Kiekintveld

200 meters:  3rd – Meredith Kiekintveld

Girls long jump:  2nd – Meredith Kiekintveld

Wow, if the track meet were ever made into a movie, it would be called the “Meredith Kiekintveld Show.” Her dazzling showing in the gold medal games is sure to catch the attention of Payson High track coach Jonathan Ball.

Promotion changed

At Pine-Strawberry School, the eighth-grade promotion ceremony has been changed to 6 p.m., Friday, May 16.

A school board meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 12 in room 114.

Brush pickup begins

It’s obvious from the numerous large brush and slash piles along roadsides in both Pine and Strawberry that local residents are taking advantage of the free brush pickup program being sponsored by the Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee.

For this year’s program, which began April 28 and will continue through June 22, Pine has been divided into pick up zones 1 through 4 and Strawberry into 5 through 8.

Zone maps and pick up dates are available on the committee’s website at: psfuelreduction.org.

Committee chairman Mel Palmer’s advice to residents is to find out the zone in which their property is located and the deadline date for which brush will no longer be allowed out on the roadside.

For many years, the local fire department was responsible for the brush pickup program, but when grants dried up in 2013 it was discontinued, meaning homeowners had to make several trips to the landfill with brush and pine needles cleaned from their property.

There are, however, homeowners in the two towns who do not own trucks or trailers and had no way to transport brush and trimmings to a landfill.

Realizing the lack of a pickup program was increasing fire danger in the area, Fuel Reduction Committee members began in December 2013 fundraising efforts to bring back brush pickup.

At an April 5 committee meeting, Palmer told the audience $14,500 has been collected, which is just enough to run one brush pickup this year.

Palmer said, however, there are not enough funds to conduct the pickup again next year.

For more information call (928) 970-0713.

Work begins on Arizona Trail

Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction trail volunteers have wrapped up work on the new Bearfoot Trail and are now directing their rehab efforts on the Arizona Trail loop beginning at the Pine Trailhead just south of Pine.

Work began May 4 and will continue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10, 18 and 24 and 31.

Volunteers should meet at the Pine Trailhead and bring their own water, snacks and lunch, except the May 24 workday when lunch will be provide by the fuel reduction committee.

In case of inclement weather, the workdays will be rescheduled.

Friends host book sale

Pine Library Friends’ members are gearing of for their annual Memorial Weekend Book Sale and Raffle to be held May 23, 24 and 25.

The sale, which will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on opening day, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the final two days, will be held in the Library Activity Room located behind the Pine Community Center.

The raffle prize — a Pine Strawberry Basket — contains various items from the local area. Tickets are $2 each, six for $5 or 15 for $10. The drawing is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, May 25. Tickets can be purchased at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library or during the Friends Book Sale.

Library Friends is a charitable, nonprofit group that supports the library through fundraising activities, volunteerism and public awareness campaigns.

Call (928) 476-3678 for more information.

Quilt show June 13-14

The Strawberry Patchers will host the 18th Annual Quilt Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 13 and 14 in the cultural hall. Admission is $2. Those who donate a can or package of non-perishable food, to be donated to the local food bank, will receive a ticket for the quilt drawing to be held June 13.

Quilt appraisals are by appointment.

For entry forms or for more information call Kris Lovetro at (602) 390-2046 or Elaine Putnam (928) 978-3464.

Forest Plan on the calendar

Tonto National Forest officials are inviting the public to attend a series of community forums concerning its Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan).

Forums will be held in Payson, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 21 and Monday, June 16 at Julia Randall Elementary School.

“Fires, Fuels, Forest and Range” will be topics for the first meeting. The second will focus on “Cultural Resources, Terrestrial Resources (Wildlife and Vegetation).”

Other meetings will be held in Mesa, Cave Creek, Globe, Roosevelt and Young.

During the forums, Tonto National Forest officials will discuss Forest Plan issues and host public breakout discussion following the presentations.

The Forest Plan is a guide to managing the Tonto and is resources, goods and services.


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