The Arizona Interscholastic Association --the governing board of prep sports in our state -- will unveil its new facility Nov. 23 at a media luncheon.
The 8,000-square-foot building, located at 7007 N. 18th Street in Phoenix, will resemble a sports shrine housing, among other things, a pictorial history of Arizona high school sports.
In addition to owning a new facility, the AIA has a new director --Dr. Harold Slemmer, a former Tempe school administrator who once played football at Arizona State University.
Also new to the AIA is Media Relations Director Barry Sollenberger. As the longtime publisher of the "Arizona Football" magazine, Sollenberger is the guru of prep sports in our state. His presence should go a long way in helping the AIA improve its relations with print, radio and TV media.
In fact, that will be subject of Slemmer's luncheon address. The key topic will be "positive media relationship," Sollenberger said.
A big task
Slemmer, Sollenberger and others in the AIA are facing a huge task in uncovering a solution to the problem of student-athletes transferring from school to school on a whim.
Once a forbidden practice that required athletes to sit out a year or parents to have a residence in a new district, youngsters now jump from high school to high school in the metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson areas.
As a point of emphasis of how sticky the situation has become, concerned coaches point to one promising young Valley athlete -- a junior -- who apparently was disgruntled with his playing time and the success of his team. The next year, he transferred across town to a school that had a football team on which he'd probably have more playing time. The team was also on the verge of becoming a state championship contender.
Because there is only one high school in the Rim country, our community doesn't normally have to deal with such issues. Only once in the past decade has a local student-athlete transferred schools for sports-related reasons.
But the problem is rampant in big cities and coaches are clamoring for the AIA to come up with some type of guideline concerning transfers.
PHS coach Jim Beall is one of those who believes the concept of allowing student-athletes to jump from school to school is not in the best interest of the youngster or the institutions involved.
In today's society, you can bet there will be loads of legal ramifications when, and if, the AIA takes some kind of action.
The Lady Longhorn basketball team will host a benefit Mexican food fiesta dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Payson Elementary School gym. Tickets, at $5 each for adults and $3 for children, are available at the door or from Lady Horn players.
As part of the Arizona Game and Fish urban fishing program, Green Valley Lakes are stocked with trout from October through May. All AG&F regulations for fishing are in effect. Anyone 14 years of age or older must present a valid Arizona urban fishing license with a trout stamp. Bag limits are four fish per day or two per day for children younger than 14. For more information, visit the AG&F Web site at: www.gf.state.az.us.