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Briefly: Youth baseball,fencing and more


HITTING COACH Rob Chriss is offering what he's calling the Process Driven Baseball Academy to tri-city area players ages 9-12. The academy will take place from Sept. 14 through Nov. 16 at Ziegler Field, 1200 Commerce Drive, in Prescott. Sessions will include instruction in mental approach, dynamics of the game, throwing, fielding, base running, hitting, infielding and outfielding. The 10-week program will conduct sessions from 6:30-8 p.m. every Monday during those two months. One day of camp costs $55, or $425 for the entire 10-week session. To register, call Chriss at 928-308-5822 or email him at:


THE ANNUAL PRESCOTT FALL CLASSIC fencing tournament set a new participation record this past weekend of Sept. 5 and 6, with 165 competitors from eight states participating in 12 fencing events at the Prescott High gymnasium. Eighteen of the fencers were affiliated with the local fencing club, Salle d'Escrime of Prescott, including Sterling Thogersen, who won the gold medal in the Youth Foil event for the age group 14 years and younger. Other local fencers who medaled included: Victoria Riley, bronze in Youth Foil 14-and-under; Jaden King, silver in Youth Foil 12-and-under; and Cassie Andradottir and Ivan Marriott, who tied for a bronze medal in Youth Foil 12-and-under. Thea Cline earned her national E-level rating in the Junior Epee event for fencers ages 19-and-under. Other local fencers who competed included: Henry Villani, Braeden Waples, Casey Raisley, Schuyler Rolf, Scott LeCote, Andrew Senseney, Jared Bean, James Nalley, Donald Mauk, Eric Thogersen, Josh Bodine and Matthew Eis.

Those who would like to participate in fencing should call Patricia Waples at 928-776-7150. Salle d'Escrime of Prescott meets twice a week, at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday at the Prescott Athletic and Tennis Club.


WITH COACH Allison Mendibles recently resigning her post to spend more time with her family, Prescott High is looking to hire a new head varsity girls' softball coach for the 2015-16 academic year. PHS Athletic Director Missy Townsend said applicants should possess coaching experience, the background necessary to teach and evaluate student-athletes' softball skills, and a determination to maintain a program that emphasizes hard work, positive character development and academic excellence. A qualified applicant will possess a valid Arizona Teaching, Substitute or Arizona Coaching Certificate issued by the Arizona Department of Education. He or she also will have completed each of the following criteria from the National Federation of State High School Associations Level 1 Certification (online at NFHS Fundamental of Coaching Certificate; NFHS Concussion in Sports - 'What You Need to Know' certificate; current CPR & First Aid Certification; and current AZ IVP or Level One Fingerprint Clearance. To submit a resume and references, or to inquire about the position, contact Townsend via email at: or call her at 928-445-2322.


REGISTRATION IS UNDER WAY for the 14th annual Girls & Sports Day, which will take place for girls ages 7-14 from 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Prescott YMCA, 750 Whipple St. Optional swim time will follow. Activities at the event, which encourages girls to make positive choices and live healthier lives, will include: gymnastics, gaga ball and Broadway dance for those ages 7-9; volleyball, Zumba and obstacle course for those ages 10 and 11; and color guard, Kung Fu and POUND for those ages 12-14. Special guest speaker will be Julie Marie Carrier, an Emmy nominee and award-winning national speaker. Late registration will be available from 1:15-1:30 p.m. on the day of the event, space permitting. Prescott YMCA has room for 250 girls. To download the registration form online, visit or Cost is $15 per participant, which includes dinner and a backpack filled with goodies. Prescott YMCA and North Star Youth Partnership, a program of Catholic Charities, organizes and sponsors Girls & Sports Day, with funding provided by Orthopaedic Specialists of Central Arizona and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation. For more information, call Diane DeLong of North Star Youth Partnership at 928-708-7214 or the Prescott Y's Ryan Harlow at 928-445-7221, ext. 233.


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