Our community should be proud of the support shown for the Payson High School football team Saturday evening at Mesa Community College. Local fans filled the home-side of the stadium.
Official records are not kept, but it had to be the largest crowd ever to see a Payson game.
And the crowd noise easily overshadowed that of the rabid Blue Ridge fans. That hasn't happened often since coach Joe Girardi led the Yellow Jackets to their first state championship in the mid-1970s.
FFA, Montoneras say thanks
Last September, the Future Farmers of America and Mogollon Montoneras sponsored a high school rodeo for the fourth time.
Both organizations would like to thank those who helped with the event.
For sponsoring buckles, they thank Iverson Homes, Bishop Realty, Sunstate Equipment, Arizona Public Service, B&M Rentals, Nifty-Fifty Restaurant, Payson Concrete, Roy Haught Excavating, and Sally Wills.
Also they thank Little Stinker and Road Runner for the porta-potties and garbage bins. Thanks also go to the town for use of the rodeo grounds.
Emergency Medical Technicians Debra Kamp, Rholana Kamp, Tim O'Malley and J.J. O'Malley were also on hand to provide medical assistance.
Skate rink meeting
The town council has okayed building a much-awaited skating facility at Rumsey Park but the Parks and Recreation Department needs input on its features. Anyone interested in the sports of skate boarding or in-line skating is invited to attend a planning meeting 6-7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the P&R offices located at Green Valley Park.
Call Beth Kreider at 474-5242, ext. 272 for more information.
Also on the P&R front, registration is under way for both men's and women's volleyball leagues. Sign-up will continue 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until Dec. 4 at the P&R offices at Green Valley Park. Entry fee is $175 per team.
Recreational divisions will be offered in both leagues. Competitive divisions may be formed if a minimum of four teams sign-up.
Last year, the women's division fielded eight recreational and six competitive teams, Kreider said.
The men's division had six recreational teams.
Kreider said she is hoping to get at least 10 teams in both the men's and women's leagues and then decide if competitive divisions will be formed.
After a single- or double-round robin regular season of play in December and January, the league will culminate with a double-elimination championship tournament.. Most games will be played in the Rim Country Middle School gymnasium.