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Local Briefly: Junior winners at Pickleball Nationals

Junior pickleball players Gloria Sanders and Owen Thomas.

Junior pickleball players Gloria Sanders and Owen Thomas.


GLORIA SANDERS AND OWEN THOMAS from Prescott Valley and Prescott won the first-ever Bronze medals of youth at the 2016 United States Pickleball Nationals in Casa Grande for the 8-14 age group. Gloria is 11 years old and Owen is 12. This was a first because no one has ever won any medals at Nationals in the 16 years Northern Arizona has sent players. They are both members of the Willows Hills Pickleball club at the Willow Hills Baptist church in the youth ministry and fellowship, ages 10-15. Sanders and Thomas’ adult leader, Jerry Northwood, said he was very proud of them and that this was not unexpected. Jerry also runs the youth program at the juvenile detention center in Prescott and plans to open courts for youth at the Boys and Girls Club in Prescott. The Pickleball Nationals ran from Nov. 5-13, with players from 36 states and two Canadian provinces. There were 2,088 total matches played.

Submitted by Bob Atherton


ON DEC. 3, THE PRESCOTT CHAMPIONS VINTAGE BASE BALL CLUB traveled to Gilbert to face the Glendale Gophers and Phoenix Senators in a round-robin event. Game one saw a “hole-y” defense on the part of the Prescott Nine. Lack of warm-up time may have accounted for the poor defensive play and lack of quality hits on offense. The Gophers, who had already played one game, came out swinging the lumber and jumped to a quick 6-0 lead. The Champions, however, did not give up. Young Jose “Toast” Morison, the team’s youngest member at 14, plunked well-placed hits, and Rick “Jokester” Henderson, one of the team’s older players, also legged out some hits “with eyes.” Phil “Dude” Kee would often follow up with hits that produced some aces (runs). Rob “Pop” Adrian impressed the crowd with some prodigious blasts to the outer fences that also resulted in aces scored. The aforementioned poor defense again came into play and the Gophers scored another 6 aces for a total of 12 for the match. The Champions managed a total of 7 aces for the game, but seemed to be getting loose for game two. Both the Senators and the Champions came ready to play. Again, good hitting by the previously mentioned ballists, plus timely hitting by Andy “Hot Hands” Haar and Alex “Deuce” Adrian, accounted for six quick aces by the Prescottonians. Unfortunately, the Phoenicians also had their hitting hats on and, by the next-to-the-last inning, had tied the game. In the top of the last frame, the Champions scored four more aces, three of them coming on a bases-clearing hit by Dude. The defense of the Prescott Nine finally showed up and prevented the Senators from scoring in the bottom of the last inning. The Champions came away with a split of the day’s games, 10-6.

The Prescott Champions are a newly-formed vintage ball club. We are still in need of at least four players. If you can’t play, you could still participate as a tally-keeper, statistician, web designer or even as an 1860s umpire. Our next games take place against the Fort Verde Excelsiors at Ft. Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Dec. 17. For more information, contact Mike Adrian at: I think you’ll be glad you did.

— Submitted by Mike Adrian


PRESCOTT BIRD BUSTERS’ youth scholastic clays target program team competed in and played host to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Fun Shoot Dec. 3 and 4 at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center in Phoenix. There were nearly 250 athletes in attendance for the weekend and more than 600 entries in the event, Bird Busters coach Brian Witty said. The results of the Bird Busters’ top finishers were as follows. On the girls’ side, Collegiate shooter Ellie Wachtel won her category in trap (40 score) and placed second in sporting clays (28). Junior Varsity shooter Samantha Witty finished third in her category in sporting clays (35) and in skeet (38). Samantha also took fourth in trap (37). Varsity shooter Brandi Goss placed second in her category in trap (43), fifth in skeet (40) and sixth in sporting clays (39). Intermediate Entry shooter Victoria Moreno claimed second in her category in trap (19). On the boys’ side, Varsity shooter Lewis Aul won his category in sporting clays (47 score) and placed second in skeet (46). Varsity shooter Simon Stull placed second in his category in sporting clays (47). Varsity shooter John Michael Cleland won his category in trap (48).


THE FORMAT FOR QUAILWOOD GREENS MEN’S CLUB was ‘low putts’ Dec. 7 on the course near Dewey. Winners were as follows. In the ‘A’ flight: 1st, Stan Skura; 2nd (tie), Ron Klien and Don Excell; 3rd (tie), Dave Janz, Stewart Hopkins, Mark Miller and Larry Fisher. In the ‘B’ flight: 1st, John Robb; 2nd, Ed Haga; 3rd, Larry Clark. In the ‘C’ flight: 1st, Bob Rubino; 2nd, Larry Atkinson; 3rd, Jim O’Connor. Closest to the pin winners were: Don Excell (hole No. 2); Larry Clark (No. 3); Jim O’Connor (No. 5), Bob Rubino (No. 7), Ken Lincks (No. 11), Frank Knowles (No. 13) and Jerry Hensley (No. 16).

PLAY OF THE DAY FOR THE ANTELOPE HILLS LADIES’ GOLF ASSOCIATION was ‘Play the Middle’ Dec. 8 on the South Course in Prescott. Winners were as follows. In the First Flight: Gayle Rendleman (1st place, 31.5 score); Shary Koch (2nd, 32.5); and Karen Jennings (3rd, 35). In the Second Flight: Marsha Macdougall, Sharon Moore and Jean McGuire (1st-place tie, 34 score). In the Closest to the pin competition, Rendleman (hole No. 5) and Koch (No. 15) were winners. Low gross of the week went to Rendleman (87 score) and low net of the week went to Koch (69).

PLAY OF THE DAY FOR THE PRESCOTT GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB MEN’S CLUB was ‘Nassau’ Nov. 23 on the course near Dewey. Winners were as follows. Front Nine – Bill Oldfather (32 score); Back Nine – Chuck Martin (33.5); Total Score – Bill Bordner (71). On Nov. 30, the Men’s Club played ‘Nassau’ again. Winners were as follows. Flight A: Front Nine – Ron Cragg (36 score); Back Nine – Bob Brewer (35); Total Score – Randy Haynes (70). Flight B: Front Nine – Chuck Martin (35.5); Back Nine – Don Carlisle (33); Total Score – Bill Bordner (68).

THE ANTELOPE HILLS MEN’S GOLF CLUB played its Dec. 5 tournament on the South Course at Antelope Hills in Prescott, with the format being ‘2-Man Best Ball.’ In the first flight, the team of Ken Brack and Ken Gambill fired a 71, with a low net of 60 going to Bobby Watson and Tom Tietz. In the second flight, 83 was good for low gross for Ted Arey and Ray Tanner, while Bill Bailey and Norm Pierson shot a low net of 58. On Dec. 7, the Club played its away tournament at Corte Bella in Sun City with 53 players participating in the format of ‘Medal Play, Closest to the Pin & Skins’ requiring three flights. In the first flight, shooting a low gross of 72 was Brad Brightwell, with Ken Brack taking second. A low net of 79 went to Bobby Watson, followed by Doug Turkington. In the second flight, Dan Scafani fired an 87, with Chuck Gibson coming in second. A low net of 71 went to John Stilo, followed by Ted Arey. In the third flight, Tom Casella shot a 92, followed by Roger Matthias. Bob Herrick took low net with a 68, with Bill McGivern taking second. Closest to the pin on the par 3s were won by Bill Huth, Ken VanTuyl, McGivern and Mike Majer. In addition, 17 players collected one or more skins, which were awarded in both gross and net categories in all four flights. To join the Antelope Hills Men’s Golf Club, which is conducting its membership drive, visit or call 928-499-7788.


PRESCOTT VALLEY PARKS & RECREATION will continue its ‘Be a Better Basketball Player’ clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays through mid-December at the Bradshaw Mountain High East Gym on Robert Road. Hoops instructor Roy Jenkins operates the clinic, which focuses on shooting and other basketball fundamentals. Remaining dates include Dec. 12, 14 and 16. Times on those days will go from 5 to 6:15 p.m. for boys and girls ages 7-12 and from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. for boys and girls ages 13-17. Cost per player is $24 per six-class session. To register, stop by Prescott Valley Parks and Rec, 7501 E. Civic Circle (third-floor office) or call 928-759-3090.


THE PRESCOTT PATRIOTS Arizona Football League (AzFL) team is forming now for players 18 and older in Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. All positions are open, but you must have your own equipment. The 2016-17 season will run from January through May. The Patriots, an amateur 11-man Club tackle football team, are owned by Shane Golay of Prescott. For more information, call Golay at 928-460-3734 or visit Games will be played in Prescott and Phoenix. The AzFL was established in 1994 to offer players a chance to stay in the game after high school or college. They can play in the AzFL, and all of their game video is put online for coaches to watch. AzFL players stay eligible to play collegiately. Most who play in the AzFL are in it for a chance to put the pads back on and hit someone as a weekend warrior. Their school, jobs and families come first. The teams practice once or twice a week. All of the games are played on Saturdays. For more info, visit or You may also contact Kevin Pakos by mail at Arizona Football League AzFL, 9524 W. Camelback Road C130 #133, Glendale, AZ 85305, or call him at 623-939-4877.


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