January 31, 2012
Coaching the ever more successful Club Rim volleyball team are former collegiate players Victoria Ibarra and Rachel Beeler. In addition to shouldering the coaching responsibilities, they insure the girls not only get along, but also play as a well-oiled, cohesive unit.
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There’s a grand sports experiment going on in Payson and as unique as it is, success appears imminent. The experiment involves the Club Rim volleyball team and the out-of-town players currently on the roster. Since the club was founded six years ago, only Payson High School players have been members of the team. But this year, the Club Rim 18-years-and-under team has attracted three out-of-town athletes and, believe it or not, the trio are from two of the Payson High’s most fierce rivals — Blue Ridge and Snowflake. Jessica Johnson and her younger sister Jenifer Johnson joined Club Rim from Blue Ridge, and Snowflake’s Tandi Yellowhair is also on the roster. During the past high school volleyball season, Jessica Johnson, a senior setter for the Yellow Jackets, was named Division III’s Player of the Year, an AIA and Arizona Republic first team honoree and on Jan. 21 in Mesa was named a high school All-American. She was also chosen to the 3A all-region and all-state teams in 2009 and 2010.