Most times, when a Show Low Cougar and Payson Longhorn meet, you can expect the fur to fly.
Since the late 1970s, the two schools have developed a strong rivalry that has, more often than not, resulted in spirited, hard-fought clashes.
But Aug. 14 at the Arizona Latter Day Saints Temple in Mesa, an ex-Longhorn and ex-Cougar will toss the rivalry to the wind to join in matrimony.
Amberlyn White, a former Lady Longhorn volleyball and basketball standout, will marry Show Low's Art Power, who was an award-winning football and basketball player for the Cougars.
As an honor graduate with the PHS Class of 1998, White set all kinds of school basketball records on her way to All-American honors.
As a basketball player at Show Low High, Art battled tooth-and-nail against Amberlyn's two older brothers, Weston and Austin.
For family fun, the Whites pull up old basketball game tapes showing Amberlyn's brothers locking horns with her soon-to-be-husband.
According to her mom, Pam, the films have not created any huge family stirs, except a few in which brothers and brother-in-law banter over who got the better of who in those high school hoop clashes.
Following their wedding, Amberlyn and Art will continue their studies at Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher. There, Amberlyn is a member of the Gila Monster volleyball team and is considering a return to basketball.
Disappointing news to share is that the Payson Wildlife Association has discontinued its activities as a formal organization.
PWA has long been a behind-the-scene force involved in environmental issues that affect the state and Rim country.
President Lorraine Ewbank worked tirelessly on many of those issues, providing a strong voice of reason.
The best memories of her occurred in 1995, when she worked gathering signatures for the Citizens for the Public Representation (CPR) drive. The referendum focused on killing a house bill which would have allowed then-Governor Fife Symington to fire his appointees without cause.
Ewbank was adamant that the villain bill would have led to the politicizing of our natural resources.
Her efforts helped organizers collect more than the 70,000 signatures needed in just 76 days. The bill eventually fell by the wayside, never to be heard from again.
Even though PWA no longer exists, you can wager the family farm Ewbank will continue to actively follow her conscience when environmental issues are of concern.
A "Tee Hee" golf tournament to benefit the Payson Youth Organization will be held Sept. 18 at Payson Golf Course. The event tees off at 11:30 a.m. In four-person best-ball scramble, the only clubs needed will be a driver, 7 iron and putter. A dinner and dance will follow, with raffles for prizes including a Caribbean cruise and trips to Las Vegas. Registration is $40. Dinner and tickets are $20.
Entry forms are available at Payson Town Hall, the Payson Library, grocery stores, Walgreens and other local merchants.
Call 474-9314 for more information.