Local Sports in Brief: 3 Badger football players make All-State team
After narrowly missing the 4A state playoffs this fall, the Prescott football team still had plenty to celebrate after finishing 7-3 overall and taking second place in the Grand Canyon region (5-1). On Wednesday, the Badgers celebrated a few individual accomplishments as junior defensive back Colton Amos made first-team All-State, while senior running back Ryan Greene and junior offensive lineman Max Flores received second-team honors. Amos led Prescott with 156 tackles this season, while Greene led the Badgers in rushing with 1,281 yards and 14 touchdowns. Cross-town rival Bradshaw Mountain also had a player nominated as Noah Shaver received second-team honors as a long snapper.
Split for first in team roping at national finals rodeo in Las Vegas
Team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor tied with Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp to stop the clock in 3.7 seconds and tie for the second-fastest Round 6 time ever Tuesday in Las Vegas.
For the Minors, it’s another consistent performance. They’ve caught all six steers through the first six rounds to sit second in the race for the average title. They are sixth in the world standings in their respective events.
“It’s a longshot, but we have to win the go-rounds for a chance at the end, but we’re here to win as much money as possible, and there are still quite a few rounds,” heeler Brady Minor said. “The average plays a part, but there’s big money at the end if we can knock a few more down.”
Header Riley Minor isn’t trying to push too hard.
“I’m trying to be smart and take a good shot,” Riley Minor said. “Horses feel pretty good, and when it gets fast, sometimes you try to go too fast and make mistakes, so I try to tell myself to just slow down and be fast.”
Tom Richards, a Dewey resident, sits at No. 14 in the world standings for headers, with $104.742 earned.
Waterfowl camp for young hunters set for Jan. 6-7
Young hunters interested in learning everything there is to know about waterfowl hunting are invited to attend the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s annual Pintail Slough Junior Waterfowl Camp on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6 and 7, at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. The camp is limited to 18 hunters between the ages of 12 and 17, each of which must be accompanied by an adult. No prior experience is necessary. All young hunters will learn how to identify, hunt and clean waterfowl before putting those skills to use in the Pintail Slough duck blinds. To request an application, email Elise Theel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the department’s regional office in Kingman at 928-692-7700. A refundable $40 registration fee is required, and all participants will be chosen through a random draw and will be notified by email or phone. The deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 22.
Information sought in Elk poaching near Flagstaff, $1,500 reward offered
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating the poaching of a bull elk, which occurred the evening of Dec. 3 near Picture Canyon in Flagstaff. The bull was found north of State Route 66 off Rain Valley Road. The elk was shot and left to waste in Game Management Unit 11M, where no elk season was going on at the time. Investigation officers believe the elk was shot from a vehicle on Rain Valley Road. Anyone with information about the case are encouraged to call the department’s Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-352-0700. A reward of up to $1,500 is being offered in this case for information leading to the arrest of the violators.