The Willcox Elks Lodge held its 40th annual Swim Meet on Saturday, July 4th. Kids participating did raced in several events, including freestyle, backstroke, underwater swim, paddle board and diving, as well as the Coin Toss, where Elks toss money into the baby pool and the big pool for kids to find and take home.
Encore Dance Academy held its Spring Gymnastics Showcase in May. About 32 gymnasts in showed what they've learned this semester in their classes, which included Tiny Toes, Primary, Intermediate and Advanced, on the mats and the balance beam.
Willcox High Schoolgraduated seniors Jake Whitfield, Chris Granado and Daniel Diaz helped lead the Teal Team over the Copper team 14-3 in the Div III/IV All-Star prep baseball exhibition May 28 in Tucson.
Emmanuel “Chimo” Lopez will enter his sophomore season in July at Scottsdale Community College, as the Willcox High School program’s first soccer scholarship winner. Newly graduated high school seniorFernando Ferrel signed his letter of intent to become WHS soccer’s second scholarship winner and will join Lopez at Scottsdale next month.
To ensure the outings remain safe and fun adventures, the Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages all riders to practice proper safety techniques before taking to their favorite trails. Riders are reminded of the following:
For the fourth consecutive year, an apparently strong Willcox Cowboy baseball varsity was unable to compete with the big boys in the Division III state tournament. The Cowboys were routed by the Walden Grove Red Wolves in their opening appearance of the tournament 9-1 on Friday at Surprise Stadium in northwest Phoenix.
The Willcox Cowboy varsityhope to bring home an even bigger trophy from state than the nice one they earned for winning the Morenci Lions baseball tournament recently. Willcox (16-1) will take a #2 ranking into their opening appearance at the Division III state tournament at Surprise Friday at 6:30 p.m. versus #18 Walden Grove (13-5). A win would advance them to a Saturday 11 a.m. quarter-final meeting with either #7 Combs (14-4) or #10 Thatcher (12-5).
WHS Golfer Ricky Francistook first place at the Cobre Golf Tournament in Silver City, N.M. April 20, by shooting a 71. Francis and Derrick Chaffey tied for 11th place at the Bisbee Invitational on April 24 with scores of 84 each. The team heads to Benson on Tuesday for their final regular season match.
Willcox sponsored the 2015 Arizona High School / Junior High School Rodeo Association rodeo on April 18 and 19. Thanks to our many sponsors, we were able to award 32 event buckles, 4 all around cowboy/cowgirl award bits, and a set of custom spurs in memory of Mike Bell. (Please see the letter to the editor and the ad listing all 2015 sponsors.) It was a full two days of exciting rodeo action with two arenas running both days. Contestants from all corners of the state, as well as some from Nevada, New Mexico, and even Oklahoma competed for the coveted prizes.
Willcox Softball will take a 9-8 record into their season finale at home today at 4 p.m. versus rival Benson (9-8). Willcox defeated San Miguel 13-5 and Santa Rita 16-2 Friday, but a 13-8 loss to Thatcher last Wednesday knocked them out of play-off contention.
The Cowboys are back on a roll after winning their fifth straight by defeating Santa Rita 18-9 on Friday. Shortstop Daniel Diaz received congratulations after his two-run homer in the game. #22 Travis Regalado also homered in the game, as well as Nathan Tipler. Regalado struck out nine and homered in their 5-3 Wednesday win over Douglas, while Jarek Nolan added a homer. Plus, Chris Granado tossed a five-inning no hitter with one walk and 7K in a 12-0 Tuesday win at Morenci, as Jake Whitfield and Austin Stamback combined for six hits at the plate.
The Willcox Junior Rodeohad some great days of competition on March 15 and 16. Willcox Junior Rodeo Association’s rodeo had more than 100 contestants from all over Arizona and New Mexico. There will be one more weekend rodeo on May 23 and 24 at Quail Park.
The WHS Cowgirls withstood a four-run Thatcher rally in the seventh inning during a dramatic 8-7 win. MacKenzie Welch and Tayler Hale each added two hits at Thatcher. The Cowgirls (6-6) continued the momentum with a 16-2 win at Palo Verde on Friday to help them rise from #43 to #35 in the power rankings. Willcox will host Bisbee Friday and Thatcher in a rematch next Wednesday for another chance to boost their rankings.
PHOENIX -- All-conference and all-state awards for the fall sports programs were recently announced by the AIA. The recognitions are now called all-section and all-division to denote the current set-up of school athletic groups of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
WILLCOX --The Annual Arizona Junior High & High School Rodeo Association Willcox Rodeo will be held April 18-19 at the Quail Park Arena in Willcox and will feature young cowboys and cowgirls from all ages, 6th through 12th grades, who will compete in a number of rodeo events.
The San Simon Longhornscompleted their 2015 season undefeated and brought home the Small Schools Conference Championship. The tournament was held in Bonita on Saturday, Feb. 12. San Simon defeated Bonita to advance to the championship round against Pomerene. During regular season play, San Simon defeated conference teams Pearce, Cochise, Bonita, Pomerene and Elfrida. The Longhorns were also victorious over Cliff, N.M., both home and away, as well as Solomon. Their final record for 2015 ended at 10-0. They were a very solid team with strength in shooting and ball handling.
Tate Lewis, an 8th grade student at San Simon Jr. High, recently attended the Vegas Shoot, the largest indoor archery tournament in the world. It was held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 6-7. Tate scored a 298 out of 300 both rounds, and ended up fourth in his division. On Feb. 20-21, Tate attended the 2015 Indoor National Championship for the Junior Olympic Archery Development, in Albuquerque, where he ended up second in his division. Tate is coached by Alex Kirillov, Precisions Shooters JOAD, from Tucson, Ariz. More than 2,500 archers from all over the world attended this National Field Archers Association event and the competition was outstanding. The 2014 “NFAA World Archery Festival” is the first leg of the 3 Star Tour. This tournament offers the largest purse ever for an indoor archery competition.
Willcox High School Athletesof the Month of January and the sponsors for their plaque awards: PT’s Gym Trista Gonzales, and Marielle DeBaun (basketball); and Zac Smith (wrestling) with sponsors Tim and Erin Bowlby.Athletes of the Month of December basketball athletes are Jennifer Abril and Austin Stamback, center, with sponsors from Willcox Against Substance Abuse (WASA)’s Jeff Stoddard, left, and Gary Hatch, right. The plaques were made by Big G’s Custom T’s, whose owner. Garrett Douglas, asks that anyone who would like to sponsor the monthly award contact him at (520) 384-3121.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Even with the struggle to keep up with Red Valley Cove’s speed on Friday, Willcox gave its all to the final buzzer. The Cowboys lost 62-48 and were eliminated from the first round of the Division IV state boy’s basketball tournament, meeting the same fate as three other Southern division rivals, Duncan, St. David and Tombstone.