Pine Strawberry School archery team coach Dean Pederson isn’t prone to spewing volumes of superlatives, but was gushing accolades during his recanting of the archers’ recent trip to Louisville, Ky. where the Buffalo sharpshooters competed in the 2014 National Archery in Schools championship finals tournament.
“Pretty awesome, a great experience and a trip that everyone really enjoyed,” he said. “We visited the Kentucky Science Museum, walked over the bridge into Indiana and the accuracy (of the archers) was much better than last year.”
School principal Cody Barlow was equally as glowing in his evaluation of the journey, “The kids did amazing representing the Pine Strawberry archery program and the community in general with great manners and respectful demeanor.”
Over the course of two-day shoot-out held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center the five team members who qualified — Raci Miranda, Micheal Aguon, Caleb Barlow, Emma Paine and Angelina Blanch — competed in a 3-D Challenge and the traditional “Nationals” in which bull’s-eye targets are used.
Pederson contends the team fared better in the 3-D Challenge in which the targets are life sized foam replicas of wild animals.
In 3-D, Miranda, a fifth-grader, paced the Buffalos with a score of 285 that included 21 “tens” or perfect hits.
She also won the IBO 3-D Challenge title for elementary girls and ranked in the top 1 percent of all girls in grades 4 through 12 by placing sixth among 873 archers.
Aguon, a seventh-grader turned in a 260 and had nine “tens.”
Barlow, the fifth-grade son of school’s principal, carded a 232. Paine, also a fifth-grader, posted a 208 and Blanch, a fourth-grader, turned in a 206.
As a team, the Buffs scored 1,191 points with 44 tens and ranked 65th among the 83 qualifying teams.
Pederson maintains the team’s final standing is quite impressive because it was scored against the best elementary school archers in the country who had to qualify in their respective state championship tournaments.
“(The competitors) were the best of the best,” Pederson said.
Of the 2,300,000 students who competed this year in NASP programs around the country, just over 10,000 qualified for the national finals.
In the traditional target competition, in which bull’s-eye targets are used, Aguon paced the Buff effort with a score of 269 that included a team-high 11 tens.
Miranda was second at 247, Barlow took third shooting a 222, Paine shot a 214 to finish fourth and Blanch, who just took up archery this school year, was fifth with a 211.
In the seventh-grade boys ranking, Aguon was a very creditable 165th of 851.
Gunderson a winner
To raise money for the trip to Kentucky, the archery team hosted several fundraisers, including raffling a Bowtech Carbon Knight 60# Black Ops bow valued at $849.
Tickets, which sold for $10 each or three for $25, earned $880 for the archery team.
Strawberry resident Lacee Gunderson was the lucky winner during the raffle drawing held Monday morning at Uncle Tom’s in Pine.
The bow was donated by Rim Country Guns of Payson.
What, no flowers?
Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand once crooned “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” — a song about two lovers who drifted apart as they went through the heartaches of life.
A simple solution to the duo’s discourse might have been a Garden Walk such as the ones hosted annually by the Rim Area Garden Club.
OK, so maybe that’s a stretch to Neil and Barbra’s heartaches, but the Garden Walks do offer a golden opportunity to see up close and personal several of the unique gardens being cultivated around the Rim Country.
This year’s walk offers a variety of flowers, shrubbery, garden themes and organic vegetables.
Organizers tout the walks as providing something for everyone to enjoy.
The walk will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 31.
Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Fancy Finds Gift Shop or at any of the gardens on the day of the walk.
Call Nancy Jones at (928) 474-2876 for more information.
Our mothers often warned us not to associate with riff-raff because they were unsavory people.
But in Pine and Strawberry the Riff-Raff Club is a well-respected charitable organization that each year tackles community and individual service projects.
To fund their projects, the Riff-Raff Club has for the past seven years hosted Naked Yard Sales.
With appellations like Riff Raff and Naked Sales, it’s obvious members of the club enjoy more than a tad of tongue-in-cheek humor.
The Naked Sale is not as it sounds, however. The title is believed to refer to the fact the organization does not accept clothing for its sales. It also does not take mattresses.
Beginning April 26 at Bishop Self Storage in Pine, the club began accepting yard sale merchandise. The collections will continue 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday at units #42 and #43 at the self-storage location.
The yard sale is set for Saturday, June 7.
Those who have just wrapped up spring cleaning or spruced up the yard a bit are urged to donate their worthy finds to the Riff Raff Club to help fund their many civic projects.
After the worst start in Arizona Diamondbacks’ franchise history, the boys in Sedona Red have righted their listing baseball ship and set a course for a journey out of the National League cellar.
That’s good news for the members of the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF) who would like to cheer on a winner during an upcoming trip to a Diamondbacks game.
For only $5, SCAF members will receive a ticket and bus ride to Chase Field in Phoenix on June 19 to see the Arizona Diamondbacks as they play host to the Milwaukee Brewers. Game time is 12:40 p.m.
The tickets are for reserved seats along the right field line in section 111, rows 14 and 15.
Reservations and payments must be made by June 6.
For more information, call Dave Burkhart at (623) 640-0353 or (928) 476-4257.
For those unfamiliar with SCAF, it is an organization open to full- or part-time residents of Pine, Strawberry and surrounding communities who are 50 years of age or older.
Special election on Tuesday
The special election to select the new Pine Strawberry Water Improvement governing board is set for May 20.
The county recorder’s office began mailing out special election ballots April 24.
For those who misplaced their ballots or have questions, the recorder’s office will set up a “replacement site” from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 at the First Baptist Church of Pine.
Also, the recorder’s office will have a replacement site open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 at it satellite site at 201 W. Frontier in Payson.
For the election, eight candidates are vying for seven seats.
Tom Weeks, Sam Schwalm and Don Smith all have past board experience.
Weeks and Schwalm were the only two past board members who did not resign months ago during the recall effort and Smith, a local dentist, served a full term on the board before it expired last fall.
Newcomers Trent McNeeley, Paul Randall, Richard James, Larry Bagshaw and Rus Brock are also running for board seats.
The election marks the culmination of a sometimes contentious recall effort that began last fall when some disgruntled water users formed the PSWID Recall Committee saying their goal was to entrust the future and fate of the district to voters.