Dec. 14, 2005 - Sherry Cervi took third in barrel racing at this year's National Finals Rodeo held Dec. 2-11 in Las Vegas. The Marana resident finished the 10-round event with an average of 143.47/10. By finishing third, Cervi earned $25,745 in prize winnings. Cervi is currently ranked fourth in the world with a lifetime earnings of $142,258. A member of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association since 1986, the Central Arizona College grad won world titles in barrel racing in 1995 and 1999.

Junior Golfers

The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Country Club, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive, played host to the First Annual Oro Valley Optimist Junior Golf Championship Dec. 1. More than 60 golfers competed in the inaugural tournament run by the Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association in cooperation with the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department. Among the winners were Roy Patterson, who shot a 14 over par 159 to win the boys 15-17 age division. Brianne Anderson finished tops among the girls 15-17 age group finishing 21 strokes ahead of the next closest golfer, Kendall Martin of Canyon Del Oro High School. Other winners included Anthony Grijalva (163) boys 13-14 and Jennifer Candanoza (179) girls 13-14; Tyler Woodruff (79) boys 11-12; Krystal Quihuis (98) girls 11-12; Eric Barna (100) boys 9-10; Brianna Vogel (107) girls 9-10; Ethan Withis (30) boys 6-8 and Victoria Browning (41) girls 6-8.

The Pack is Back

The Alpha Packers won the Top Choice Baseball's Toys for Tots tournament Dec. 11 at Sportspark, 6901 N. Casa Grande Hwy., in the 12-and-under division. The Packers finished the tourney 3-0-1, outscoring opponents 41-10. Prior to the tournament, the Oro Valley-based youngsters qualified for the Super Series Winter National Championships, which will be held Dec. 26 in Peoria. The Packers earned the championship berth with a second place finish at the Top Choice Thanksgiving Shootout Tournament in Tucson.

Horsing Around

Marana High School has created a Horse Club to recognize all-equine events and their champions at the Class 4A school. The club allows students to learn about and share information on clinics and other types of riding events. The club also will offer members the opportunity to raise funds for educational and social club activities. Officers of the Horse Club are Moriah McNabb, president; Jen Pirrone, vice-president; Diana Huber, secretary; and Melody Hendricks, treasurer.

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